Exposure to Industry Practices in the Classroom

The MEngM program really gives us the whole picture of manufacturing – from how a product is designed and made on a small scale, to how it can be turned into a viable business with large-scale production by using the best manufacturing processes and an optimized supply chain.

All of the classes teach us how to be practical in industry; they directly relate to how problem solve in industry regardless of whether you want to be in product/machine design or more operations related manufacturing. However, at times it has been hard to not get lost in the numbers. Some of the analysis-based classes are extremely interesting but it can be difficult to recall how they relate after a few hours of staring at numbers and formulas.

Luckily, the lectures do a great job of keeping the industry tie, and the professors have great stories about how they apply concepts in research or industry. One of the coolest aspects of the MEngM program is the faculty. Many of our professors are world-class leaders in their subjects so their stories are real first-hand accounts. For example, our mechanical assemblies professor has made significant contributions to advancing robotic technology, our controls professor has strong ties to US manufacturing through Pres. Obama’s Advanced Manufacturing Partnership, and our systems professor helped HP save $280 million through systems analysis.

And the program’s stressed importance of the systems perspective has definitely been beneficial. During interviews with manufacturing companies, it is easy to relate to all the questions just based on class project experience, and most companies seem to appreciate that we have technical knowledge without being overly theoretical.

Reflecting on the Fall Semester and Looking Forward

The MEngM program has definitely provided the knowledge and experiences that I had anticipated when I accepted the program offer. During the past semester we became more familiar with different manufacturing processes and systems optimizations, product design tools, as well as managerial and business development strategies. I anticipate that next semester will complete this academic endeavor and prepare us for possible industrial experience.

During MIT’s Independent Activities Period (IAP) in January, I began working at Daktari Diagnostics for the industry project component of the MEngM program. I chose Daktari for two primary reasons: the stage of business growth and the breadth of opportunities within product development and manufacturing.  Read More…

Q&A with the MEngM Program Coordinator

  • What initially attracted you to the MEngM program? I am really interested in product development. I have had some experience through internships before arriving at MIT, but primarily limited to areas that focused on the design aspect. In order to become more well rounded, and understand the whole development process from design to manufacturing to assembly, I enrolled in this program. Also, working with the industry will provide a great experience that will fortify all material learned in class.
  • Describe your feelings/reservations you had before you arrived on campus. Was there something you were looking forward to the most/least? I was least looking forward to the cold weather! I am from California, and although I snowboard and therefore have experience with snow, I have never had a prolonged exposure to it. Read More…

Getting Comfortable at MIT

I love manufacturing.  Growing up, before I even knew what manufacturing was, “How it’s Made” was one of my favorite TV shows because it showed me how machines made all the things I used every single day.  Then, my freshman year in college, I took an introductory course in materials processing and was excited to find that there was a whole field of engineering that studied how things are made and how to make them better.

Four years later, I was drawn to the Master of Engineering in Manufacturing Program because it offered a comprehensive technical background to all the components of a manufacturing facility.   I came into the program excited for all four classes, and have yet to be disappointed.  In fact, I think I would have wanted to take these courses even if they weren’t required for the program. Read More…

Acclimating to the MEngM Program and MIT

After the first three weeks of classes, I think we’re all getting settled and getting a good feel for what things are like at MIT. I’m pretty happy that most of the coursework in the Master of Engineering in Manufacturing program is group-based. This enables everyone in the group to really concentrate on what interests them, as well as learn from other people’s experiences.

It’s too early to draw any conclusions about the program in general. But, so far, it’s off to a good start. All of the professors are energetic and excited about what they are teaching – in my experience, a rarity at engineering schools – which adds a lot to the classes’ material. The examples they cite in lectures from their industry experience really supports what they are teaching and emphasizes its importance.

All-in-all, this should be a fun (yet busy) year!

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