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.
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…