A specialization in manufacturing and materials systems typically entails advanced study in (a) evaluation of materials and their behavior; (b) processes for changing material shape and properties; (c) approaches to economizing complex systems; (d) material-man-machine interfaces; and (e) analysis of the manufacturing process. Normally, each of these multi-disciplinary areas requires certain core courses along with specialized studies, which may include advanced courses in other engineering disciplines, courses in mathematics and statistics and/or courses in business administration. Current research topics include: cellular manufacturing, polishing and mass finishing processes, flexible assembly, robotic systems, production integration, ergonomics, reliability/quality estimation, human performance and safety evaluation, and materials forming and joining processes.
Allows students to focus on a broad range of topics. These topics range from micro issues, such as material-related issues and cutting mechanisms in material removal processes, to macro analysis of complex manufacturing systems from either a process or ergonomics perspective.
The focus of this concentration may be computer-integrated manufacturing, material processing, mechanical behavior of materials, manufacturing processes, quality systems or ergonomics within manufacturing.