Summary of Student Performance


The Industrial Systems and Technology (IS&T) BS Concentrations (Computer Technology, Emergency Management Technology, Electronics Systems Technology, Manufacturing & Design Technology, and Technology Management) are all Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE) accredited.

"The Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE) is a specialized accreditor for technology, management and applied engineering degrees. The primary purpose of ATMAE accreditation is to encourage and recognize the attainment of certain professional goals and standards for technology and to encourage continuous quality improvement through a voluntary and comprehensive evaluation process." –


Enrollment, Graduation, and Retention Data

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Average Years to Complete the Degree

The average years to graduation is shown below. Some causes of delay in graduation includes full-time employment (e.g. working and attending school part-time), family obligations, and personal obligations.


2013-14 Graduates (yrs)

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Career Opportunities

Employment prospects are abundant not only in Mississippi, but all across the United States. The Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Systems and Technology qualifies graduates for entry-level positions in many areas. Graduates may move into managerial positions after acquiring the necessary industrial experience.

With an IS&T degree, you could have an exciting career as a Network Analyst, Network Administrator, IT Technician, Desktop Support, Electronics Technician, Production Engineer, PLC Programmer, Railroad Dispatcher, Project Planning Specialist, Industrial Sales Representative, Project Manager, Emergency Response and Recovery Specialist, STEM Educator, CADD Draftsman, Safety Inspector, Manufacturing Engineer, Production Operator, Safety Officer and much more.

Visit the US Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics Website for more information about Industrial Technology “

Employers of IS&T Graduates

Some employers of our graduates are listed below.

Alliance Steel, AT&T, Baker Hughes, Ball Aerospace, Baptist Hospital, Boeing, City of Jackson, C-Spire, Eaton, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), General Electric, General Motors, Huntington Ingalls Industries, Jackson Public Schools, Jackson State University, Johnson Control, Lockheed Martin, Milwaukee Tool, Mississippi Department of Revenue, Mississippi Department of Transportation, Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), Nissan, Raytheon, Redstone Arsenal, Union Pacific, Valeo Front End Module, and many others.

Time to Secure First Position

Approximately 75% of the IS&T graduates have secured jobs immediately after graduation. For about 20% of the IS&T graduates, it may take one to six months to secure job, while 5% may not secure immediate employment or a position within 6 months. The 5% group may then decide to return to graduate school or work part-time, locally.

Starting Salaries

Respondents from the 2017 IS&T Graduate Follow Survey have indicated an average starting salary of approximately $ 44,000. Salaries (from the 2017 survey) that were above $60,000 resulted from change in position (promotion and/or change of company). These ranged from $60,000 to $95,000.

Promotions Achieved

The majority of our graduates have received promotions, either within the same company/ organization, or due to change in employment. As a result, they often work in senior and managerial positions. 

Awards/Scholarships and Recognitions

The ATMAE Student Chapter at JSU was awarded by ATMAE the “Outstanding Student Chapter” award in 2010 and 2014. To recognize academic excellence, the IS&T program also hosts an Epsilon Pi Tau (EPT)Technology Honor Society induction for students (undergraduate and graduate) with 3.20 or better cumulative GPA. JSU EPT inducts approximately 20 students per year.

There are several scholarships opportunities available for our students. The details are shown on our web site  Some examples of student scholarship awards are summarized below.

The EMT concentration offers scholarship for students majoring in EMT. The scholarship funding is made possible through grant awards from the U. S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The EMT Scholarship covers $2,500 per semester, $600 stipend and $4,000 toward student intern. EMT scholarship recipients must maintain a 3.30 cumulative GPA to receive scholarship. Students can receive scholarship for 2 years with possibility of extension if funding is available. Approximately 10 to 15 students are awarded the EMT Scholarship per year.

The Entergy Scholarships provides $ 5000.00 per year to students majoring in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Civil Engineering or Industrial Systems and Technology. The students must demonstrate financial need and maintain a 3.0 grade point average. Typically, 4  to 7 IS&T students receive this scholarship.

Student Research Presentation 

The Industrial Systems and Technology Program offers many opportunities for undergraduates to work on faculty research projects. Students also attended conferences and make presentations.

1.     “Using iOS Devices as an Interactive Lab Environment”, Francis Tuluri, Lattrice Evans, Terrance Eubanks, Aaron James, LaDamion Harness, and Traeshaun Hiley; Mississippi Academy of Sciences Annual Meeting, February 23, 2017.

2.     “Emergency Preparedness Interactive Games”, Kawandrea Spann, Ebony A. Davis, and H. R. Shih; Mississippi Academy of Sciences Annual Meeting, (Hattiesburg, MS), February 24, 2017.

3.     “Apply Critical Asset Risk Management Techniques at JSU E-Center”, P. C. Yuan, Michael Stevenson, and Jeremiah Burns; Mississippi Academy of Sciences Annual Meeting, February 23, 2017.

4.     “Virtual Simulation of Nuclear Emergency”, Lashayla T. Gilbert, Ebony A. Davis, and H. R. Shih; Mississippi Academy of Sciences Annual Meeting, (Hattiesburg, MS), February 18, 2016.

5.     “Using a Versatile Smartphone-Based Online Monitoring for Detecting Strong Radiation in the Environment”, F. Tuluri, J. Butler, J. McElroy, D. Miller, J. Dallas, C. Frazier, and R. Austin; Mississippi Academy of Sciences Annual Meeting, (Hattiesburg, MS), February 18-19, 2016.

6.     “A GIS Study of Air Pollutants for Association with Asthma Rate in New York State”, F. Tuluri, A. K. Gorai, and D. Miller; Annual Conference of AMS, New Orleans, Jan 10-14, 2016.

7.     “Development of a Remote Laboratory”, Dameisha L. Wilson, Devon M. Stepney, and H. R. Shih; Mississippi Academy of Sciences Annual Meeting, (Hattiesburg, MS), February 26, 2015.

8.     “Using Cyber-Physical Computing for Undergraduate STEM Learning”, Joseph Perry, Darreon Atkins, and Francis Tuluri; NAAAS Conference, Baton Rouge, Feb 9-15, 2015.

9.     “Emergency Management Mobile App Development in MIT App Inventor”, Dameisha L. Wilson; the National Conference on Undergraduate Research, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, April 2-5, 2014.

10.  “Robotics-Based Educational Tool – an Interactive Learning Platform to Enhance Understanding Behavior of Physical Systems”, Desmond Vance, Donnie Dixon, Maurice White, and Antonio Edwards; the National Conference on Undergraduate Research, University of Wisconsin – La Crosse, April 11-13, 2013.

11.  “Schools at risk: Technology Applications to assist in school’s emergency management initiatives”, Buck, J. L., Cavett, L., Harris, D. & Yuan, P. C. (2013). Journal of Modern Education Review, 3(6). June.

12.  “Service learning: bridging the gap between classroom theory and application for technology students”, Buck, J. L. Conely, S., Harris, B., & McInnis, E. Y. (2012). Technology Interface International Journal, 12(2), Spring/Summer.

13.  “Technology Education Students in the United States and South Africa: Program Perception and Career Preparation”, Murphy, J. L., Alant, B. P. Keys, J. (2016). Proceedings of the 10th Annual International Technology, Education, and Development Conference (INTED), March 08, 2016.

14.  “Technological innovation for the 21st century learner: how smartphone and tablet technology impacts learning”, Buck, J. L., McInnis, E. & Thomas, A. (2013). Published proceeding of the Latin American and Caribbean Consortium of Engineering Institutions: Cancun, Mexico-August 2013.

15.  “The new frontier of education:  The Impact of Smart Phone Technology in Education”, Buck, J. L., McInnis, E., & Randolph, C.  (2013). Published proceedings of the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) Southeastern Conference: Cookeville, TN-March 2013.

16.  “Schools at Risk:  Technology Applications to Assist in School’s Emergency Management Initiatives”, Published proceeding of the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Technology Buck, J. L., Cavette, L. & Harris, D. (2012). (ATMAE) 2012. Conference: Nashville, TN-November 2012.

17.  “The Development of Emergency Management Technology Program at Jackson State University”, Shi. H. R. Skelton, G. Yuan, P. C., Buck, J. L. & Williams, B.  (2012). Published proceedings of the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) Conference: San Antonio, TX-June 2012.

18.  “Emergency Management: Technological Innovation Standing at the Vanguard”, Buck, J. L. & Humphrey J. (2011).  Published proceedings of the Hawaii University International Conference for Mathematics and Engineering: Honolulu, HI-June 13, 2011.

19.  “Engaged Learning with a Technology Presence: Bridging the Gap between Classroom Theory and Professional Experience to Fulfill Societal Needs”, Buck, J. L., Conley, S. & Harris, B.G. (2011). Published proceedings of the Hawaii University International Conference for Mathematics and Engineering:  Honolulu, HI-June 14, 2011.

20.  “L.E.A.D.-Communities Lead Education and Development for Communities”, Murphy, J.L., Thomas, T. & Harris, B. G. (2016). College of Science, Engineering, and Technology 13th Annual International Symposium on Recent Advances in Environmental Health. Jackson, MS-September 2016.

21.  “Distance Learning: Blackboard and its impact on 21st century learning for nontraditional students in the contemporary workforce”, Murphy, J.L., Keys, J. & Harris, B. G. (2016). The Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Technology (ATMAE) 2016. Conference: Orlando, FL-November 2016. (Accepted after peer-review for presentation)

22.  “Student training and professional development: how Community Emergency Response Teams (C-CERT) in technology programs develop new emergency management practitioners“, Murphy, J.L., Yuan, P. C. & Fitch-Randolph, C. (2015). The Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Technology (ATMAE) 2015. Conference: Pittsburgh, PA-November 2015. (Accepted after peer-review for presentation)

23.  “B.R.E.A.D.I: Business Readiness Emergencies and Disaster-prep Implementation”, Murphy, J.L. & Fitch-Randolph, C. (2014). JSU Global Entrepreneurship Conference: Jackson State University-Jackson, MS: November 2014.

24.  “Mobile Devices in Small Businesses: Products for Productivity and Profitability”, Murphy, J.L. & Thomas, A. (2014). JSU Global Entrepreneurship Conference: Jackson State University-Jackson, MS: November 2014.

25.  “Investigating the benefits of utilizing mobile device as components of response systems”, Garrett, S., Talley, J., Buckley, L. & Buck-Murphy, J. L. (2014). American Mathematical Society (AMS) Annual MathFest: Portland, OR: August, 2014.