Manufacturing Engineering Initiative

Sponsored by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers Education Foundation


The Missouri University of Science and Technology has been awarded nearly $1 million by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers Education Foundation and other matching gifts to develop an innovative product-focused oriented manufacturing curriculum and enhance manufacturing programs currently in place at Missouri S&T as well as at St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley (FV). This project will significantly impact Missouri S&T's two BS degree option programs in manufacturing and MS degree programs in manufacturing, and FV's manufacturing engineering and technology programs. An enhanced 2-plus-2 program will be initiated between FV and Missouri S&T with dual goals of preparing graduates to either enter the job market as manufacturing technicians, or continue their education at Missouri S&T in manufacturing engineering.


The centerpiece of the manufacturing curriculum is a senior-level, two-semester capstone manufacturing project course that will provide students with the experience of integrating business and engineering skills toward rapid, distributed product realization. The term "distributed" is used to emphasize that the student team is expected to use facilities that are distributed at manufacturing laboratories on the Missouri S&T campus, FV campus, and facilities of outside vendors and suppliers. This project course will also provide students with the experience of integrating the technical knowledge they have learned from various other courses.


In addition to the enhanced B.S. manufacturing options, Missouri S&T is offering a masters of science (MS) and masters of engineering degree (MEng) in manufacturing engineering. The MS degree is a traditional thesis program while the MEng degree includes a practice-oriented project and can be completed in one year.


Total funding is nearly $1 million, which includes Society of Manufacturing Engineering Education Foundation award ($182,000) plus other matching funds and in-kind support from Missouri S&T and companies. Participating corporate partners include Boeing Company in St. Louis, MO; Briggs & Stratton, Rolla, MO; Caterpillar Inc., Peoria, IL; Ford, Dearborn, MI, General Motors, Inc. Lansing, MI; Honeywell, Kansas City, MO; Lemay Center for Composites Technology, St. Louis, MO; Mid-America Manufacturing Technology Center (MAMTC), Rolla, MO; Olin Corporation, East Alton, IL; SME St. Louis Chapter 17; Visteon Automotive Systems, Dearborn, MI.