Graduate degree programs in the field of manufacturing systems engineering are important for enhancing manufacturing productivity and quality in the U.S. The Master of Science in Manufacturing Systems Engineering is designed to equip the student for opportunities in modern manufacturing processes and systems. Some of the possible areas of concentration for research and study are: Manufacturing Processes and Equipment, Design for Manufacturing, Plastic and Polymer Processing, Electronics Design and Manufacturing, Computer-aided Design and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Systems Planning and Control, Automated Assembly, and Lean Manufacturing.
The UK Center for Manufacturing, a part of the College of Engineering, conducts graduate-level academic research of the highest quality and transmits that knowledge to industry and government. Housing a 68,000-square-foot building, completed in the fall of 1989, the Center contains: R & D laboratories and offices including machining research lab, metrology lab, rapid prototyping lab, electronics assembly lab, welding lab, automation equipment lab, CAD/CAM/CAE lab, instructional TV classrooms, and TV satellite uplink and downlink equipment.
Applicants normally have a bachelor's degree in engineering from an ABET accredited institution (or equivalent). For students with an undergraduate degree other than engineering, completion of a set of identified courses (or their equivalent) in an Engineering discipline will be required prior to admission to the program with full graduate standing.
A minimum grade point average of 2.8 on undergraduate work is expected, along with minimum GRE scores of 700 quantitative and 500 Analytical. If a student does not meet these criteria, an evaluation of the student's overall education and experience may allow admission, subject to evaluation by the Director of Graduate Studies.
The Plan A (thesis option) master's degree requires 24 credit hours of course work, a thesis (12 credits), and the satisfactory completion of a final examination. One-half or more of the course work must be at the 600 level or above. All students are required to complete four specified core courses: Modeling of Manufacturing Processes and Machines; Systems for Factory Information and Control; Seminar and Project in Manufacturing Systems Engineering; and Organizational Behavior. The electives for each student will be developed in conjunction with an advisor to insure that the program provides breadth and depth of content for the student, and meets his or her specific needs and interests. Appropriate electives are drawn from areas of Engineering, Computer Science, Business and Economics, or Mathematics. Two electives are designated as Manufacturing Specialization electives.
The Plan B (non-thesis option) is reserved for students who have significant engineering research or development experience in a manufacturing environment, for which completion of a thesis would be less beneficial than the additional course work involved in Plan B. The program requires 33 credit hours of course work and the satisfactory completion of a final examination. Students must complete the four core courses specified above, as well as MFS 784 Research Project in Manufacturing Systems Engineering, nine credit hours of Manufacturing Specialization electives, and nine credit hours of other appropriate electives. Approval of the student's advisor and of the Director of Graduate Studies is necessary for a student to pursue Plan B.
MFS 503 LEAN MANUFACTURING PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES (SAME AS ME 503) (3)
MFS 505 MODELING OF MANUFACTURING PROCESSES AND MACHINES (SAME AS ME 505) (3)
MFS 507 DESIGN FOR MANUFACTURING (SAME AS ME 507) (3)
MFS 512 MANUFACTURING SYSTEMS (SAME AS ME 512) (3)
MFS 525 ORGANIZATIONAL LEARNING FOR LEAN MANUFACTURING (3)
MFS 526 OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT IN LEAN MANUFACTURING (3)
MFS 554 CHEMICAL AND PHYSICAL PROCESSING OF POLYMER SYSTEMS (SAME AS MSE/CME/ME 554) (3)
MFS 563 SIMULATION OF INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION SYSTEMS (SAME AS MNG 563) (3)
MFS 599 TOPICS IN MANUFACTURING SYSTEMS ENGINEERING (SUBTITLE REQUIRED) (3)
MFS 605 SYSTEMS FOR FACTORY INFORMATION AND CONTROL (SAME AS EE 605) (3)
MFS 606 SEMINAR AND PROJECT IN MANUFACTURING SYSTEMS ENGINEERING (SAME AS ME/EE 606) (3)
MFS 607 ANALYSIS OF METAL CUTTING PROCESSES (SAME AS ME/MSE 607) (3)
MFS 608 NONTRADITIONAL MANUFACTURING PROCESSES (SAME AS ME 608) (3)
MFS 611 ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR (SAME AS MGT 611) (3)
MFS 612 DESIGN OF LEAN MANUFACTURING SYSTEMS (3)
MFS 699 TOPICS IN MANUFACTURING SYSTEMS ENGINEERING (SUBTITLE REQUIRED) (1-3)
MFS 748 MASTER'S THESIS RESEARCH (0)
MFS 768 RESIDENCE CREDIT FOR MASTER'S DEGREE (1-6)
MFS 780 SPECIAL PROBLEMS IN MANUFACTURING SYSTEMS ENGINEERING (3)
MFS 784 RESEARCH PROJECT IN MANUFACTURING SYSTEMS ENGINEERING (3)
EGR 537 NUMERICAL ANALYSIS (SAME AS CS/MA 537) (3)
EGR 599 TOPICS IN ENGINEERING (SUBTITLE REQUIRED) (1-3)
EGR 611 BOUNDARY ELEMENT METHODS IN ENGINEERING (SAME AS ME 611) (3)
EGR 621 FINITE ELEMENT ANALYSIS IN ENGINEERING (3)