Manufacturing and Mechanical Systems Integration Master of science degree

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Overview

The MS in manufacturing and mechanical systems integration is designed for individuals who wish to achieve competence in mechanical or manufacturing engineering. The program combines engineering, business, and management functions to effectively guide and lead in a range of manufacturing enterprises.

The program is offered by the department of manufacturing and mechanical engineering technology in collaboration with Saunders College of Business and the Kate Gleason College of Engineering.

Plan of study

The program is comprised of core courses, a three-course concentration, electives, and a capstone project, thesis, or comprehensive exam.

Concentrations

Concentrations are available in advanced mechanics, electronics packaging, polymer engineering and technology, product design, quality, and robotics and advanced manufacturing systems. Students may be required to take additional prerequisite courses depending on their background and the concentration selected. The graduate director may approve the waiver of courses in the prerequisite group from graduation requirements, depending on a student's academic and employment background.

Advanced mechanics: The advanced mechanics concentration analyzes classical and contemporary theoretical models of material structures. Practical methods and approaches, experimental results, and optimization of material properties and structure performance are put to use for capstones and thesis projects. Students who plan on careers in advanced mechanical modeling and design should consider this concentration

Electronics packaging: Students in this concentration receive a detailed education in printed circuit board assembly design, manufacturing, materials, failure modes, and root causes. They'll also gain a broad understanding of best practices and learn the scope of the industry. Anyone who plans on designing or manufacturing products that contain circuit board assemblies, in either rigid or flexible formats, would benefit from this concentration. Topics of study include electronics miniaturization, defect analysis, solder reliability, and process optimization.

Polymer engineering and technology: The purpose of this concentration is to equip future engineers with the unique skills necessary to enter the plastics industry, one of the largest manufacturing related industries in the United States, To successfully develop new plastics materials and products require specialized knowledge of these complex manufacturing systems. A critical component of this program is the completion of a research project in the area of plastics and polymer technology some focus areas include polymer composites, shape memory/self-healing materials, 3D printing and biodegradable polymers. 

Product design: Product design in the 21st Century requires a skillset that has grown to be much more than just designing parts that fit together in a product. Parts and products must now be designed with consideration for the best choices of features, the ability to function ideally under varying conditions and environments, and ease in manufactured and assembled. These skills are all required by today's engineers and product designers and are equally important for engineering managers to understand. 

Quality: The quality concentration will enable students to lead a problem-solving project within a quality management team. You'll learn to reduce unacceptable variability in materials, production, and manufacturing systems resulting in high quality finished products. Students will use skills in robust design, linear regression, and modeling to show that variability can be reduced and that a solution is sustainable. Students who selects this concentration may be interested in pursuing a leadership role as a manufacturing engineer, senior quality engineer, continuous process improvement engineer, or process engineer.

Robotics and advanced manufacturing systems: Robotics is more than software. In addition to programming, students who choose this concentration will study how robotic systems are designed into a manufacturing system or human assistance products with a focus on limitations and design improvements. Capstone and thesis projects will involve optimization and improvement of designs to achieve a specific robotic behavior or task. Robotic integrators as well as robotic designers will benefit by learning robotic mechanical and electrical limitations and development.

Cooperative education

Full-time students are eligible to participate in RIT’s cooperative education program. After completing two semesters (a minimum of 18 credit hours), students may request approval to complete up to one year of cooperative education employment related to their field of study.

Electives

The number of electives is based on whether the student chooses to complete a thesis, capstone project, or comprehensive exam. The thesis option requires one elective; the capstone project requires two electives, and the comprehensive exam option requires three electives. Elective courses can be any course from a different concentration from the one chosen, a graduate-level course from another program (if approved by the graduate director and faculty member teaching the course), or an independent study course (if approved by the student’s graduate program director).

Industries


  • Aerospace

  • Automotive

  • Defense

  • Health Care

  • Manufacturing

  • Pharmaceuticals

  • Scientific and Technical Consulting

  • Transportation and Logistics

Typical Job Titles

Associate Quality Engineer Operations Test Engineer
Mechanical Engineer Field Sales Engineer
Leadership Development node

100%

outcome rate of graduates

$75K

median first-year salary of graduates

Featured Work

Curriculum for Manufacturing and Mechanical Systems Integration MS

Manufacturing and Mechanical Systems Integration (thesis option), MS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
Choose one of the following: 3
   ACCT-603
   Accounting for Decision Makers
A graduate-level introduction to the use of accounting information by decision makers. The focus of the course is on two subject areas: (1) financial reporting concepts/issues and the use of general-purpose financial statements by internal and external decision makers and (2) the development and use of special-purpose financial information intended to assist managers in planning and controlling an organization's activities. Generally accepted accounting principles and issues related to International Financial Reporting Standards are considered while studying the first subject area and ethical issues impacting accounting are considered throughout. (This class is restricted to degree-seeking graduate students or those with permission from instructor.) Lecture 3 (Fall, Spring, Summer).
 
   ACCT-706
   Cost Management
The development and use of cost data for external reporting and internal cost management (planning and control). Topics include job costing, process costing, joint product costing, cost reassignments, standard costs, activity-based costing, decentralization and transfer pricing, and cost variances. Consideration is given to manufacturing, service and retail organizations. (Prerequisites: ACCT-603 or equivalent course.) Lecture 3 (Spring).
 
MFET-600
MMSI Graduate Seminar
This course provides students that are new to the MMSI program an opportunity to develop an understanding of the department’s research activities. The students will become more knowledgeable about the Manufacturing & Mechanical Systems Integration program, career options, the capstone and thesis project process (finding an advisor, required documentation and policies regarding completing a project on co-op) and department policies and procedures related to successful completion of the MMSI program. (This course is restricted to graduate or BS/MS students in the MMSI-MS, MCET-BS/MS, MFET-BS/MS, and EMET-BS/MS programs.) Seminar 2 (Fall).
0
MFET-650
Manufacturing and Mechanical Systems Fundamentals
This course is intended to help students learn to think like systems engineers. This course will provide a thorough understanding of the systems fundamentals, its design, modeling, and integration. Topics include a thorough coverage of systems architecture, conceptualization, modeling, development and management. Students in this course will be taught industry practices for systems engineering and management from concept stage to post implementation stage. System engineering and modeling tools will also be introduced to assist with the conceptualization, development, and implementation of systems. (This course is restricted to graduate or BS/MS students in the MMSI-MS, MFSI-MS, MCSI-MS and EMSI-MS programs.) Lecture 3 (Fall).
3
MFET-730
Six Sigma for Design and Manufacturing
This course presents the philosophy and tools that will enable participants to develop quality strategies and drive process improvements that are linked to and integrated with business plans. Continuous improvement principles are presented, within the six sigma format. The course will help prepare students for six sigma blackbelt certification. Students can receive credit for only one of the following: MFET-730, CQAS-701, or ISEE-682. (Prerequisites: Students may not take and receive credit for MFET-730 and STAT/CQAS-701 or ISEE-682.) Lecture 3 (Spring).
3
MFET-788
MMSI Thesis Planning
Students will rigorously develop their thesis research ideas, conduct literature reviews, identify and plan methodologies, prepare schedules, and gain a clear understanding of the expectations of the faculty and the discipline. Each student will be required to prepare a committee approved thesis research proposal and may begin work on their thesis. (Enrollment in this course requires permission from the department offering the course.) Lecture 3 (Spring).
3
STAT-670
Design of Experiments
How to design and analyze experiments, with an emphasis on applications in engineering and the physical sciences. Topics include the role of statistics in scientific experimentation; general principles of design, including randomization, replication, and blocking; replicated and un-replicated two-level factorial designs; two-level fractional-factorial designs; response surface designs. Lecture 3 (Fall, Spring).
3
 
MMSI Concentration Courses
6
Second Year
DECS-744
Project Management
A study in the principles of project management and the application of various tools and techniques for project planning and control. This course focuses on the leadership role of the project manager, and the roles and responsibilities of the team members. Considerable emphasis is placed on statements of work and work breakdown structures. The course uses a combination of lecture/discussion, group exercises, and case studies. (This class is restricted to degree-seeking graduate students or those with permission from instructor.) Lecture 3 (Fall, Spring).
3
MFET-790
MMSI Thesis
The MMSI thesis is based on thorough literature review and experimental substantiation of a problem, by the candidate, in an appropriate topic. A written proposal has to be defended and authorized by the faculty adviser/committee. The proposal defense is followed by experimental work, a formal written thesis, and oral presentation of findings. The candidate should have completed the requisite courses for the program before enrolling for the thesis. (Prerequisites: MFET-788 or equivalent course.) Thesis 3 (Fall, Spring, Summer).
3
 
Elective*
3
 
MMSI Concentration Course
3
Total Semester Credit Hours
33

Manufacturing and Mechanical Systems Integration (capstone project option), MS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
Choose one of the following:
3
   ACCT-603
   Accounting for Decision Makers
A graduate-level introduction to the use of accounting information by decision makers. The focus of the course is on two subject areas: (1) financial reporting concepts/issues and the use of general-purpose financial statements by internal and external decision makers and (2) the development and use of special-purpose financial information intended to assist managers in planning and controlling an organization's activities. Generally accepted accounting principles and issues related to International Financial Reporting Standards are considered while studying the first subject area and ethical issues impacting accounting are considered throughout. (This class is restricted to degree-seeking graduate students or those with permission from instructor.) Lecture 3 (Fall, Spring, Summer).
 
   ACCT-706
   Cost Management
The development and use of cost data for external reporting and internal cost management (planning and control). Topics include job costing, process costing, joint product costing, cost reassignments, standard costs, activity-based costing, decentralization and transfer pricing, and cost variances. Consideration is given to manufacturing, service and retail organizations. (Prerequisites: ACCT-603 or equivalent course.) Lecture 3 (Spring).
 
MFET-600
MMSI Graduate Seminar
This course provides students that are new to the MMSI program an opportunity to develop an understanding of the department’s research activities. The students will become more knowledgeable about the Manufacturing & Mechanical Systems Integration program, career options, the capstone and thesis project process (finding an advisor, required documentation and policies regarding completing a project on co-op) and department policies and procedures related to successful completion of the MMSI program. (This course is restricted to graduate or BS/MS students in the MMSI-MS, MCET-BS/MS, MFET-BS/MS, and EMET-BS/MS programs.) Seminar 2 (Fall).
0
MFET-650
Manufacturing and Mechanical Systems Fundamentals
This course is intended to help students learn to think like systems engineers. This course will provide a thorough understanding of the systems fundamentals, its design, modeling, and integration. Topics include a thorough coverage of systems architecture, conceptualization, modeling, development and management. Students in this course will be taught industry practices for systems engineering and management from concept stage to post implementation stage. System engineering and modeling tools will also be introduced to assist with the conceptualization, development, and implementation of systems. (This course is restricted to graduate or BS/MS students in the MMSI-MS, MFSI-MS, MCSI-MS and EMSI-MS programs.) Lecture 3 (Fall).
3
MFET-730
Six Sigma for Design and Manufacturing
This course presents the philosophy and tools that will enable participants to develop quality strategies and drive process improvements that are linked to and integrated with business plans. Continuous improvement principles are presented, within the six sigma format. The course will help prepare students for six sigma blackbelt certification. Students can receive credit for only one of the following: MFET-730, CQAS-701, or ISEE-682. (Prerequisites: Students may not take and receive credit for MFET-730 and STAT/CQAS-701 or ISEE-682.) Lecture 3 (Spring).
3
STAT-670
Design of Experiments
How to design and analyze experiments, with an emphasis on applications in engineering and the physical sciences. Topics include the role of statistics in scientific experimentation; general principles of design, including randomization, replication, and blocking; replicated and un-replicated two-level factorial designs; two-level fractional-factorial designs; response surface designs. Lecture 3 (Fall, Spring).
3
 
MMSI Concentration Courses
6
 
Elective*
3
Second Year
DECS-744
Project Management
A study in the principles of project management and the application of various tools and techniques for project planning and control. This course focuses on the leadership role of the project manager, and the roles and responsibilities of the team members. Considerable emphasis is placed on statements of work and work breakdown structures. The course uses a combination of lecture/discussion, group exercises, and case studies. (This class is restricted to degree-seeking graduate students or those with permission from instructor.) Lecture 3 (Fall, Spring).
3
MFET-797
MMSI Capstone Project
This course provides the MMSI graduate students an opportunity to complete their degree requirements by addressing a practical real-world challenge using the knowledge and skills acquired throughout their studies. This course is not only the culmination of a student's course work but also an indicator of the student's ability to use diverse knowledge to provide a tangible solution to a problem. The capstone project topic can be in the areas of product development, manufacturing automation, management system, quality management or electronics packaging. The course requires a comprehensive project report and a final presentation. (Enrollment in this course requires permission from the department offering the course.) Project 3 (Fall, Spring, Summer).
3
 
MMSI Concentration Course
3
 
Elective*
3
Total Semester Credit Hours
33

Manufacturing and Mechanical Systems Integration (comprehensive exam option), MS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
Choose one of the following:
3
   ACCT-603
   Accounting for Decision Makers
A graduate-level introduction to the use of accounting information by decision makers. The focus of the course is on two subject areas: (1) financial reporting concepts/issues and the use of general-purpose financial statements by internal and external decision makers and (2) the development and use of special-purpose financial information intended to assist managers in planning and controlling an organization's activities. Generally accepted accounting principles and issues related to International Financial Reporting Standards are considered while studying the first subject area and ethical issues impacting accounting are considered throughout. (This class is restricted to degree-seeking graduate students or those with permission from instructor.) Lecture 3 (Fall, Spring, Summer).
 
   ACCT-706
   Cost Management
The development and use of cost data for external reporting and internal cost management (planning and control). Topics include job costing, process costing, joint product costing, cost reassignments, standard costs, activity-based costing, decentralization and transfer pricing, and cost variances. Consideration is given to manufacturing, service and retail organizations. (Prerequisites: ACCT-603 or equivalent course.) Lecture 3 (Spring).
 
MFET-600
MMSI Graduate Seminar
This course provides students that are new to the MMSI program an opportunity to develop an understanding of the department’s research activities. The students will become more knowledgeable about the Manufacturing & Mechanical Systems Integration program, career options, the capstone and thesis project process (finding an advisor, required documentation and policies regarding completing a project on co-op) and department policies and procedures related to successful completion of the MMSI program. (This course is restricted to graduate or BS/MS students in the MMSI-MS, MCET-BS/MS, MFET-BS/MS, and EMET-BS/MS programs.) Seminar 2 (Fall).
0
MFET-650
Manufacturing and Mechanical Systems Fundamentals
This course is intended to help students learn to think like systems engineers. This course will provide a thorough understanding of the systems fundamentals, its design, modeling, and integration. Topics include a thorough coverage of systems architecture, conceptualization, modeling, development and management. Students in this course will be taught industry practices for systems engineering and management from concept stage to post implementation stage. System engineering and modeling tools will also be introduced to assist with the conceptualization, development, and implementation of systems. (This course is restricted to graduate or BS/MS students in the MMSI-MS, MFSI-MS, MCSI-MS and EMSI-MS programs.) Lecture 3 (Fall).
3
MFET-730
Six Sigma for Design and Manufacturing
This course presents the philosophy and tools that will enable participants to develop quality strategies and drive process improvements that are linked to and integrated with business plans. Continuous improvement principles are presented, within the six sigma format. The course will help prepare students for six sigma blackbelt certification. Students can receive credit for only one of the following: MFET-730, CQAS-701, or ISEE-682. (Prerequisites: Students may not take and receive credit for MFET-730 and STAT/CQAS-701 or ISEE-682.) Lecture 3 (Spring).
3
STAT-670
Design of Experiments
How to design and analyze experiments, with an emphasis on applications in engineering and the physical sciences. Topics include the role of statistics in scientific experimentation; general principles of design, including randomization, replication, and blocking; replicated and un-replicated two-level factorial designs; two-level fractional-factorial designs; response surface designs. Lecture 3 (Fall, Spring).
3
 
MMSI Concentration Courses
6
 
Elective*
3
Second Year
MFET-795
MMSI Comprehensive Exam
A written comprehensive exam is one of the non-thesis or non-project methodology for completion of the MS-MMSI degree. Students will demonstrate a fundamental knowledge of the theories and foundation principles. This course will require the student to do an independent review of the concepts within the core courses and the chosen concentration area, and will culminate in a comprehensive written examination. The student must receive a passing grade of at least 80 percent to be successful. Students will have one additional opportunity to pass the exam, if their initial attempt results in a failing grade. (Enrollment in this course requires permission from the department offering the course.) Comp Exam 3 (Fall, Spring, Summer).
0
DECS-744
Project Management
A study in the principles of project management and the application of various tools and techniques for project planning and control. This course focuses on the leadership role of the project manager, and the roles and responsibilities of the team members. Considerable emphasis is placed on statements of work and work breakdown structures. The course uses a combination of lecture/discussion, group exercises, and case studies. (This class is restricted to degree-seeking graduate students or those with permission from instructor.) Lecture 3 (Fall, Spring).
3
 
MMSI Concentration Course
3
 
Electives*
6
Total Semester Credit Hours
33

* Elective courses must be chosen from the list of concentration courses, but must be outside of the concentration the student has chosen as part of their program of study.

Concentrations

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
Robotics and Advanced Manufacturing Systems
ISEE-610
Systems Simulation
Computer-based simulation of dynamic and stochastic systems. Simulation modeling and analysis methods are the focus of this course. A high-level simulation language such as Simio, ARENA, etc., will be used to model systems and examine system performance. Model validation, design of simulation experiments, and random number generation will be introduced. (Prerequisites: ISEE-200 and ISEE-301 and (ISEE-325 or STAT-252) or degree-seeking graduate students.) Lecture (Fall, Spring).
3
MFET-670
Manufacturing Automation Control
This course will provide a thorough understanding of the manufacturing automation principles, practices and system integration. Topics include a thorough coverage of the automation hardware and software, essentials of digital and analog control using Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs), industry best practices for programming PLCs and the essentials of Human Machine Interface (HMI) for data entry, manipulation and recording system status. (This course is restricted to graduate or BS/MS students in the MMSI-MS, MFSI-MS, MCSI-MS and EMSI-MS programs.) Lecture 3 (Fall, Spring).
3
MFET-685
Robots & CNC in Integrated Manufacturing
Technology and application of robots and CNC in an integrated manufacturing environment is the focus of this course. An introductory understanding of robotic hardware and software will be provided. The hardware portion of this course involves robot configurations, drive mechanisms, power systems (hydraulic, pneumatic and servo actuators), end-effectors, sensors and control systems. The software portion of this course involves the various methods of textual and lead through programming. Digital interfacing of robots with components such as programmable logic controllers, computer-controlled machines, conveyors, and numerical control will be introduced. Robotic cell design and the socio-economic impact of robotics will also be discussed. This course also has a strong laboratory component that emphasizes hands-on training. Students may not take and receive credit for this course if they have already taken MFET-585. (Prerequisites: MCET-220 or equivalent course or graduate standing in MMSI-MS, MCSI-MS, MFSI-MS or EMSI-MS programs. Students cannot take and receive credit for this course if they have taken MFET-585.) Lecture 3, Recitation 1 (Fall).
3
TCET-620
Applied Machine Learning
Machine learning has applications in a wide variety of fields ranging from medicine and finance to telecommunications and autonomous self-driving vehicles. This course introduces machine learning and gives you the knowledge to understand and apply machine learning to solve problems in a variety of application areas. The course covers neural net structures, deep learning, support vector machines, training and testing methods, clustering, classification, and prediction with applications across a variety of fields. The focus will be on developing a foundation from which a variety of machine learning methods can be applied. Students may not take and receive credit for this course if they have already taken EEET-520. (This class is restricted to degree-seeking graduate students or those with permission from instructor. If you have earned credit for EEET-520 or you are currently enrolled in EEET-520 you will not be permitted to enroll in TCET-620.) Lecture 3 (Spring).
3
Electronics Packaging
MFET-655
Surface Mount Electronics Manufacturing
This course provides a thorough understanding of the technology, components, equipment, materials and manufacturing process for through hole technology and surface mount technology electronics manufacturing. Students will develop a strong foundation needed for advanced work in surface mount technology (SMT). The activities will provide the students an orientation and familiarization of the manufacturing equipment and process parameters for printed circuit board assembly. Graduate students will explore surface defects and remediation and will prepare a detailed annotated bibliography related to specific aspects of electronics manufacturing. Topics in Design for Manufacturing are also considered for high volume vs. low volume manufacturing. Students may only receive credit for this course or MFET-545, not both. (This course is restricted to graduate or BS/MS students in the MMSI-MS or at least 3rd year standing in EMET-BS/MS, MCET-BS/MS, MFET-BS/MS programs. Students cannot take and receive credit for this course if they have taken MFET-545.) Lecture 3, Recitation 1 (Fall).
3
MFET-656
Advanced Concepts in Semiconductor Packaging
The advanced course in semiconductor packaging will provide a thorough coverage of the materials, processes, failure, and reliability of chip level packaging. Specific topics include single-chip, multi-chip, wafer level and 3D stacked packaging, photonic integrated chip (PIC), smaller passives and embedded passive component technology, advanced substrates and microvia technology, solder technologies, metallurgy and joint formation, thermal management, thermal and mechanical behavior of packaging, failure analysis, and reliability testing. Course includes projects and literature review in topics of semiconductor packaging. This course is cross listed with MFET-556 students may receive credit for MFET-556 or MFET-656, not both. (Prerequisites: MFET-655 or equivalent course. Students cannot take and receive credit for this course if they have taken MFET-556.) Lecture 3 (Spring).
3
MTSE-601
Materials Science
This course provides an understanding of the relationship between structure and properties necessary for the development of new materials. Topics include atomic and crystal structure, crystalline defects, diffusion, theories, strengthening mechanisms, ferrous alloys, cast irons, structure of ceramics and polymeric materials and corrosion principles. Term paper on materials topic. (This class is restricted to degree-seeking graduate students or those with permission from instructor.) Lecture 3 (Fall).
3
TCET-740
Fiber Optic Telecommunications Technology
Fiber-optic, point-to-point telecommunication systems are used as a framework to understand the wide array of fiber-optic telecom technologies, including light sources, optical fiber, and photoreceivers. An emphasis on the nature & behavior of optical signals provides insight into these technologies and into the important fiber-channel impairments of attenuation and dispersion. Fundamental concepts and state-of-the-art advances of these technologies are covered, as well as component-level and system-level analysis. Lecture 2 (Fall).
2
TCET-741
Fiber Optic Telecommunications Technology Lab
This course provides extensive hands-on experience with key technologies used within fiber-optic telecommunication systems, including optical fiber, laser diodes, light-emitting diodes, photodiodes, and pluggable transceivers, as well as key diagnostics such as power meters, oscilloscopes, optical time-domain reflectometers, and optical spectrum analyzers. Students will be trained in laser safety, ESD safety, and fiber-connector inspection, and will develop a broad understanding of fiber-optic test and measurement including transmitter & receiver characterization as well as measuring the fiber-channel impairments of attenuation and dispersion. (Co-requisite: TCET-740 or equivalent course.) Lab 2 (Fall).
1
Product Design
MCET-620
Robust Design & Production Systems
In this advanced course students explore methods, such as Taguchi arrays, that support the optimization and verification phases of the Design for Six Sigma development process. Topics covered include the experimental design process, additivity, static and dynamic signal-to-noise ratios, analysis of means, and ANOVA. The role of robust design methods in reducing variability for both products and processes and in integrating systems is emphasized. Students may not take and receive credit for this course if they have already taken MCET-582. (This course is restricted to graduate or BS/MS students in the MMSI-MS, MFSI-MS, MCSI-MS and EMSI-MS programs. Students cannot take and receive credit for this course if they have taken MCET-582.) Lecture 3 (Fall).
3
MCET-670
Concept Design & Critical Parameter Management
This course focuses on critical parameter management (CPM) as defined within the Design for Six Sigma framework. CPM tools and techniques include translating the voice of the customer into technical requirements, defining functions to fulfill the requirements, generating designs to physically fulfill the functions, data acquisition and analysis, and the evaluation and selection of superior product and subsystem designs that are safe to take to commercialization. Students are introduced to CPM best practices through case studies and hands-on projects. (This course is restricted to graduate or BS/MS students in the MMSI-MS, MFSI-MS, MCSI-MS and EMSI-MS programs.) Lecture 3 (Spring).
3
MCET-683
Plastics Product Design
The study of design guidelines for plastic products based on the interrelationships between design, the material selected, the manufacturing process selected, and the tooling to be used. Students will research the feasibility of using polymeric materials to design a part or assembly not traditionally manufactured using plastics. Students may receive credit for only one course: MCET-583 or MCET-683 (This class is restricted to degree-seeking graduate students or those with permission from instructor. Students cannot take and receive credit for this course if they have taken MCET-583.) Lecture 3 (Spring).
3
MCET-720
Product & Production System Development & Integration
This course covers topics, processes and best practices in product development. Using Design for Six Sigma (DFSS) as a motivating philosophy, students are introduced to concepts and techniques in the early stages of the product development process, including capturing the voice of the customer, critical parameter management, the phase-gate approach, and system integration for total product life cycle performance. The course provides an overview of DFSS goals, its development process, CDOV (Concept-Design-Optimize-Verify), and technology process (IDOV, Innovate-Develop-Optimize-Verify), as well as strategies in product commercialization. (This course is restricted to graduate or BS/MS students in the MMSI-MS, MFSI-MS, MCSI-MS and EMSI-MS programs.) Lecture 3 (Fall).
3
Quality
 
MCET-620
Robust Design & Production Systems
In this advanced course students explore methods, such as Taguchi arrays, that support the optimization and verification phases of the Design for Six Sigma development process. Topics covered include the experimental design process, additivity, static and dynamic signal-to-noise ratios, analysis of means, and ANOVA. The role of robust design methods in reducing variability for both products and processes and in integrating systems is emphasized. Students may not take and receive credit for this course if they have already taken MCET-582. (This course is restricted to graduate or BS/MS students in the MMSI-MS, MFSI-MS, MCSI-MS and EMSI-MS programs. Students cannot take and receive credit for this course if they have taken MCET-582.) Lecture 3 (Fall).
3
STAT-621
Statistical Quality Control
A practical course designed to provide in-depth understanding of the principles and practices of statistical process control, process capability, and acceptance sampling. Topics include: statistical concepts relating to processes, Shewhart charts for attribute and variables data, CUSUM charts, EWMA charts, process capability studies, attribute and variables acceptance sampling techniques. (This class is restricted to students in the APPSTAT-MS, SMPPI-ACT, STATQL-ACT or MMSI-MS programs.) Lecture 3 (Fall, Spring).
3
STAT-641
Applied Linear Models - Regression
A course that studies how a response variable is related to a set of predictor variables. Regression techniques provide a foundation for the analysis of observational data and provide insight into the analysis of data from designed experiments. Topics include happenstance data versus designed experiments, simple linear regression, the matrix approach to simple and multiple linear regression, analysis of residuals, transformations, weighted least squares, polynomial models, influence diagnostics, dummy variables, selection of best linear models, nonlinear estimation, and model building. (This course is restricted to students in APPSTAT-MS or SMPPI-ACT.) Lecture 3 (Fall, Spring).
3
Polymer Engineering & Technology
MCET-730
Polymer Engineering Research (REQUIRED)
This course introduces new graduate students to the fundamental concepts and skills relevant to plastics and polymer engineering research. Students will learn concepts in the chemistry and physics of polymeric materials and the essential techniques used to characterize them. Laboratory skills in the preparation of polymers, polymer blends, their fabrication into useful test specimens and their characterization will be emphasized. Following the successful completion of this course students will be prepared to carry out graduate level polymer engineering research. (This course requires permission of the Instructor to enroll.) Lec/Lab 4 (Spring).
3
MCET-674
Plastics and Composites Materials
Study of advanced polymeric materials including their preparation, processing and application design. Topics will include both long and short fiber reinforced composites. Industrial modification of polymers into plastics compounds including polymer blends and additives will also be discussed. Students will complete a literature review of a current topic in advanced polymers. Students may receive credit for only this course or MCET-574, not both. (Students cannot take and receive credit for this course if they have taken MCET-574. Co-requisites: MCET-675 or equivalent course.) Lecture 2 (Fall).
2
MCET-675
Plastics and Composites Materials Laboratory
Laboratory exercises involving polymeric materials (e.g. composites, polymers blends) including their preparation, processing and application design. Conduct a research-oriented project including writing up the results as a conference paper/journal article submission. Students may receive credit for only this course or MCET-575, not both. (Students cannot take and receive credit for this course if they have taken MCET-575. Co-requisites: MCET-674 or equivalent course.) Lab 2 (Fall).
1
MCET-680
Plastics Manufacturing Technology
The course studies plastic materials and processing technology to manufacture various plastic products in plastics industry. The course emphasizes new materials, such as bio-degradable, environmentally friendly polymers, and process selections for engineering applications and design. Students may not take and receive credit for this course if they have already taken and received credit for MCET-580. (Students cannot take and receive credit for this course if they have taken MCET-580.) Lecture 3 (Fall).
3
MCET-683
Plastics Product Design
The study of design guidelines for plastic products based on the interrelationships between design, the material selected, the manufacturing process selected, and the tooling to be used. Students will research the feasibility of using polymeric materials to design a part or assembly not traditionally manufactured using plastics. Students may receive credit for only one course: MCET-583 or MCET-683 (This class is restricted to degree-seeking graduate students or those with permission from instructor. Students cannot take and receive credit for this course if they have taken MCET-583.) Lecture 3 (Spring).
3
MTSE-702
Polymer Science
This course is an introduction to the chemistry and physics of synthetic polymers, which include plastics, elastomers and fibers. The synthesis of polymers, their fundamental properties, and the relations between their syntheses, structure, and properties will be studied. Among the topics discussed are the morphology, thermal behavior, solubility, viscoelasticity and characterization of polymers. Copolymerization, tacticity and sustainability of polymers will also be covered. (This class is restricted to degree-seeking graduate students or those with permission from instructor.) Lecture 3 (Spring).
3
Advanced Mechanics
MCET-621
Advanced Strength of Materials
This course will provide a thorough understanding of beam structures under combined shear, bending, and torsional loads. Topics include the study of semi-monocoque structure idealizations, effects of tapered and laminated structures, shear deformations and warping, location of elastic axis in open and closed sections, and torsion of multi-cell sections. Matrix methods are introduced and utilized throughout the course. The course has a project component that combines analytical, theoretical, and experimental methods. Lecture 3, Recitation 1 (Spring).
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MCET-683
Plastics Product Design
The study of design guidelines for plastic products based on the interrelationships between design, the material selected, the manufacturing process selected, and the tooling to be used. Students will research the feasibility of using polymeric materials to design a part or assembly not traditionally manufactured using plastics. Students may receive credit for only one course: MCET-583 or MCET-683 (This class is restricted to degree-seeking graduate students or those with permission from instructor. Students cannot take and receive credit for this course if they have taken MCET-583.) Lecture 3 (Spring).
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MCET-695
Applied Finite Element Analysis
This course focuses on using commercial finite element analysis (FEA) software to analyze complex linear and non-linear systems in the areas of structural mechanics and heat transfer. Students will utilize a wide variety of analysis techniques including deflection, stress, mode shapes, optimization, heat transfer, and thermal-stress. A semester long project using FEA to solve an advanced problem relevant to each student’s interest area is required. In addition, students will be given problems that extend beyond the material covered in class that will require independent investigation. Students may not take and receive credit for this course if they have already taken MCET-595. (This course is restricted to graduate or BS/MS students in the MMSI-MS, MFSI-MS, MCSI-MS and EMSI-MS programs. Students cannot take and receive credit for this course if they have taken MCET-595.) Lecture 3 (Fall).
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Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the MS program in manufacturing and mechanical systems integration, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Complete a graduate application.
  • Hold a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) from an accredited university or college in the field of engineering, engineering technology, or computing. Students with degrees in other disciplines will be considered on an individual basis.
  • Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work.
  • Have completed college level course work in computer programming and probability and statistics.
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (or equivalent). Applicants with a lower GPA will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and may be admitted on a probationary basis. These students will have to secure a B or better average in the first three graduate courses to be considered for full admission.
  • Submit a one-page personal statement of educational objectives.
  • Submit a current resume or curriculum vitae.
  • Submit two letters of recommendation from academic or professional sources.
  • International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE. A minimum TOEFL score of 80 (internet-based) is required. A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 is required. The English language test score requirement is waived for native speakers of English or for those submitting transcripts from degrees earned at American institutions.

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