New Manufacturing Engineering Program at UDM

Impact, Summer 2002 issue


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An innovative partnership and a new manufacturing engineering program at UDM will enhance learning opportunities for students this fall.

A $256,000 grant from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers Education Foundation will establish the new program on the UDM campus. The SME funding has allowed UDM to form an alliance with Macomb Community College and Schoolcraft College and more than 80 high schools, permitting students to enter the program at any of the three institutions and seamlessly transfer to UDM to complete the bachelor's degree program. An additional partner in the alliance is the Ford Academy of Manufacturing Sciences (FAMS) program, which is dedicated to increasing the diversity of the company's workforce.

"We're bringing manufacturing engineering to UDM and providing a very attractive pathway for students to go into this field," says David Lee, director of UDM's manufacturing engineering program.

UDM currently offers a bachelor's degree in manufacturing engineering for Focus: HOPE candidates and Ford Motor Co. employees through its on-site Ford program. With the new program, UDM will offer manufacturing engineering courses on campus for the first time, to an expanded group of students. UDM, MCC and SCC are working closely to ensure that students' credits transfer smoothly and to eliminate unnecessary duplication in course work.

The program will be based on the highly regarded curriculum developed and first offered at Focus: HOPE by the industrial and educational partners of the Greenfield Coalition. The curriculum emphasizes experiential learning and computer-based educational tools.

The gift from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers will allow UDM to add the faculty needed for the program. It also will help the University and its community college partners develop additional courses in subjects like lean manufacturing and quality control.


       


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