UConn’s Management and Engineering for Manufacturing (MEM) Program is built upon a simple philosophy: to be effective, technological innovations in manufacturing must be applied to a streamlined and simplified operating environment. Through their studies and internships in the MEM Program, students develop a thorough understanding of the interrelationships among the different areas of a manufacturing enterprise. An integrated education provides a competitive advantage in the manufacturing arena, in which applications of subject matter from business and engineering are equally important.
UConn’s MEM Program is unique in that it culminates with a single joint degree from the Schools of Engineering and Business. The program uses many existing courses within the two schools, along with special MEM courses, which are developed to support the specific focus of the curriculum. The program is designed to be comprehensive and aggressive but can be completed within four years.
Senior Design Project
During their senior year, MEM students are given the opportunity to work on a design project with a sponsoring company. These projects are designed with the objective of allowing students to apply their MEM knowledge within a real manufacturing environment. Students are tasked to design or improve a machining process or manufacturing layout using optimization and simulation techniques. In the past, these projects have provided students an excellent networking opportunity and strengthened our partnerships with industry leaders.
Internships & Co-ops
The MEM Program strongly recommends that students intern with manufacturing companies during the summer of their sophomore and junior years of college. The University and MEM Society provide assistance in finding internship opportunities. Internships and co-ops allow students to gain valuable first-hand experience in an industrial environment, and to apply their knowledge of manufacturing systems to operational improvement projects.
Upon graduation, UConn MEM students are able to immediately contribute to continuous improvement of the firms in which they are employed: MEM graduates are prepared to increase productivity, reduce costs, and improve product quality and customer service. Our graduates’ educational backgrounds enable them to participate in the evaluation, design and implementation of new technologies for years to come. As their careers advance, graduates of UConn’s MEM Program will be well prepared to move into management positions within their manufacturing organizations.
UConn’s MEM Program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, and the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. These accreditations affirm the University of Connecticut’s commitment to academic quality and educational excellence. Our graduates:
- Practice their profession with solid engineering and business knowledge and skills, with a total enterprise vision of world-class manufacturing and service organizations. They will have developed a record of solving business problems and contributing substantively to the evolving practice of engineering from this perspective.
- Compete successfully using lean manufacturing and quality management principles in the design and manufacture of products, or the development of service processes. They will have demonstrated progress towards leadership roles in this area, through promotion or growing project management responsibilities.
- Apply high professional standards, with up-to-date knowledge and personal skills, and a strong commitment to life-long learning. They will have demonstrated this commitment through participation in professional societies, by making progress towards professional certifications, or through the pursuit of advanced degrees.
The Management and Engineering for Manufacturing major is available to students at the Storrs Campus.