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.