Engineering Leadership

Overview

The Engineering Leadership Department offers academic courses, graduate certificates, and master's degree programs targeting engineers, technical specialists, and other experienced professionals who will benefit from our mix of engineering and business content and our emphasis on cross-functional competence. Programs are available online, on-campus, or onsite at your organization. 

We also offer training programs in a wide range of areas such as product development, systems engineering, decision analysis, supply chain management and logistics, product lifecycle management, project management, process improvement and Lean Six Sigma, advanced statistics, and other disciplines. Contact us for information about partnerships and customize programs for your company. 

Degree Programs

The master of science in manufacturing leadership is for experienced engineers, business and technical professionals who aspire to high-level positions in operations, supply chain management, and process improvement. The program integrates business and engineering courses with an emphasis on operational excellence, supply chain management, systems thinking, and leadership of teams and organizations.  The program is offered fully online or as a blend of online and on-campus courses.  

Manufacturing leadership is a focused program developed jointly by the Kate Gleason College of Engineering and Saunders College of Business. Particular emphasis is placed on supply chain management, global manufacturing and operations, lean systems thinking, leadership, and decision making. A capstone project, oriented to the solution of a manufacturing or service management problem or process improvement initiative, enables students to apply new skills and capabilities to the solution of a pressing real-world problem, with significant financial benefit to sponsors. The program can also be taken on a full-time basis, with several courses available on campus. Students may start any term (fall, spring, summer) and complete courses at their own pace.

Educational objective

The manufacturing leadership program's objective is to educate graduates to lead teams and organizations within a manufacturing or service enterprise for successful competition in a complex global economy, through the integration of business and technical skills. The application-oriented program is designed to help experienced professionals move into mid- and senior-level management positions in operations, manufacturing, supply chain management, and process improvement.

Key capabilities of graduates

  • Ability to make sound business decisions in a complex global economy: business planning with full understanding of outsourcing and offshoring; financial management and total/life-cycle cost; agile decision-making.
  • Ability to manage the global supply chain: supply chain strategy development and execution; logistics management (quality and delivery assurance); systems needs for supply chain management; and supply chain optimization.
  • Ability to manage global, multi-site production and operations: managing distributed teams; process technology transfer to domestic and international locations; service operations; enterprise and manufacturing strategies; lean operations; location strategy and facility design; state-of-the-art tools; regulatory issues and established norms.
  • Comprehensive understanding of quality and continuous improvement principles, with application to the manufacturing and operations management.
  • Strong leadership and management skills applied to global high technology manufacturing: systems thinking, planning, and management; applications (“hands-on”) orientation; project management expertise (planning, relationship management, control, risk management and decision-making); creative leadership to drive innovative solutions; enhanced ability to recognize barriers to success early, when corrective actions are least costly.

Testimonials

Graduates of our program have benefitted in many ways. View our student testimonials to see what they've had to say about their experience in the program.

Industry partners

View our list of companies and industry partners who have sponsored their employees in completing an engineering leadership program. We also partner with organizations to deliver degree programs, graduate certificates, and other customized offerings. 

 
Learn More about Manufacturing Leadership MS 

The master of science in product development is a leadership program for experienced engineers and technical specialists who aspire to high-level positions associated with product innovation. The program integrates business and engineering management courses to build cross-functional competence with emphasis on the total product development lifecycle, systems thinking and design, holistic decision making, and leadership of product development teams and organizations. The program is offered fully online or as a blend of online and on-campus courses

Learn More about Product Development MS 

Certificates and Training

The engineering leadership department offers short certificate programs consisting of academic courses that are fully transferrable to master’s degrees. For example, the MS degrees in product development and manufacturing leadership can be completed as a series of graduate certificates. Individual courses are also available.

Here are several certificate programs that target professionals - contact us about customized programs for your organization:

The engineering leadership department also offers non-credit training and support in a wide range of areas. Visit the Center for Quality & Applied Statistics or contact us for more information. 

Industry Partners

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Companies who have sponsored their employees to complete our graduate programs are listed below. We also partner with organizations to deliver degree programs, graduate certificates, and other customized options.  

Alstom, Apple, ATMI, Bausch & Lomb, Biogen, BorgWarner, Branson Ultrasonics (Emerson), Carestream Health, Carrier (UTC), Corning, Delphi, Dynisco, Eaton, Exelis, Fisher Price, Garlock Sealing, GE Lighting, Ginzler Graphics, Gleason, Greatbatch, Gunlocke, GW Lisk, Harris Communications, Honeywell, ITT Fluid Systems, ITT Space Systems, Impact Technologies, Inficon, Infimed, JLG Industries, John Deere, Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics, Kodak, Moog, Parker Hannifin (GE), PPC, Raymond Corporation, Record Press, Reflexite, Safe Passage, Saab-Sensis, Spirit AeroSystems, SRC, Ultra Electronics, Vanlab, Veeco, Welch-Allyn (now Hill-Rom), Xerox, Zoll Medical. 

Acro Industries, AJL Manufacturing, Alliance Machine, Alstom, Ametek Power, Anaren Microwave, Atofina, Bausch & Lomb, Badge Machine, Bloch Industries, Branson Ultrasonics (Emerson), Bristol Myer Squib, Caldwell Manufacturing, CAR Engineering, Chef Pepper, Concentrix, Corning, Danisco, Delphi, Dresser-Rand (Siemens), EDS, Exxelia RAF Tabtronics, Ferro, Garlock Sealing Technologies, Genessee Group, Getinge, Gleason, GM, Goodrich, Gorbel, Greatbatch, GW Lisk, Gunlocke, Harris, Hershey, Hilton Hotels, Hover-Davis, IBM Global Services, ITT Fluid Systems, ITT Space Systems, Janssen Pharma, Johnson Matthey, Kodak, Lapp Insulator, LMCO, Mana Products, Mathers Construction, Melles-Griot, Mindex Technologies, MKS Instruments, Moog, Morton, Motts, Nalge Nunc, Omron Oilfield & Marine, Optical Gaging, Optimax, OptiPro, Orafol, Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics, Parker Hannifin (GE), Peko Precision, Primhall, Progresso, Qualitrol, Raymond Corporation, RES Exhibition Services, Rexam, RG&E, Rotadyne, Rotork, Sentry Safe, Schlegel, Schott Pharma, Sikorsky, Southco, Space & Naval Warefare, SRCTec, Stone Construction, Sun Products, Tenneco, Terry Precision Cycling, Thomson, Titan, Ultralife, United Technologies, University of Rochester, Valeo, Welch-Allyn (now Hill-Rom), Whiting Door Manufacturing, Xerox, Zotos International

Testimonials

Graduates of our programs have benefitted in numerous ways. See what they have to say about our degrees in product development and manufacturing leadership.