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Message from the Chair

Department of Manufacturing, Mechanical and Electrical Mechanical Engineering Technology

Rochester Institute of Technology

Dr. S. Manian Ramkumar

Department Chair; 585-475-6174


Dr. S. Manian Ramkumar's Message


Welcome to the Manufacturing, Mechanical and Electrical Mechanical Engineering Technology Department. Thank you for taking time to visit our site and explore our programs. I hope you find it easy to navigate and informative.

The department comprises of three distinct disciplines that offer intense hands-on education in Manufacturing, Mechanical or Electrical Mechanical engineering technology. The students from these disciplines graduate as lifelong learners with the ability to adapt, grow and succeed in a highly competitive engineering workplace. The intense hands-on education enables graduates to hit the road running the day they graduate, requiring very minimal training in the field. Full time placements upon graduation have ranged in the 95% to 98%.

The department’s unique curriculum supports engineering education to include manufacturing processes, mechanical design, electrical and mechanical systems integration, product life cycle engineering and management, and conventional and alternative energy systems development. The faculty and laboratories that support the three disciplines is under one academic unit, and provide interdisciplinary education that enables students to be successful in today’s global business environment.

The faculty support many student clubs including the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), the Society of Plastic Engineers (SPE), and the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). The department also sponsors student lead competition teams such as the world renowned SAE Baja team, the Clean Snowmobile Challenge team and the Robotics/Automation Challenge team. These competition team activities, apart from classroom projects, give students an opportunity to apply classroom knowledge to solve real world engineering problems. The department’s priority is to ensure the success of our students by supporting them financially through scholarships, while challenging them academically, with highly qualified faculty who bring unique pedagogical approaches, industry experience and research findings into the classroom.

Through the department’s M.S. program offering in Manufacturing and Mechanical Systems Integration, the department is able to provide opportunities for continuing education to many of our students interested in pursuing their graduate education and also support our industry partners with their need for enhancing their workforce. This is a multidisciplinary master’s degree offered by the department, in collaboration with the E. Philip Saunders College of Business, and the Kate Gleason College of Engineering. This program is designed for individuals who wish to achieve competency in the effective integration of the computing, manufacturing, design, quality, and management functions in any manufacturing enterprise.

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