MS in Global Manufacturing

Department of Mechanical Engineering

To prepare students for a global workplace that requires engineers to work efficiently in multicultural teams, the Department of Mechanical Engineering offers an applied research Master of Science program focused on Global Manufacturing in collaboration with the Rheinisch-Westfaelische Technische Hochschule (RWTH) and its associated Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Technology (WZL), Fraunhofer USA Center for Manufacturing Innovation (CMI), and Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology (IPT), Aachen, Germany.

The degree in Global Manufacturing requires 24 months of full-time coursework and research at Boston University and RWTH in Aachen, Germany. Students must register for a total of 32 credits to meet the requirements of the MS program in Manufacturing Engineering and includes 8 credits of master’s thesis. The international experience of students completing this program will allow applicants, originating in Germany or in the United States, to conduct research respectively for European Industry at the Fraunhofer IPT or WZL in Germany and for US Industry at the Fraunhofer CMI in Boston.

Structured Course Requirements for MS in Global Manufacturing Engineering

The 32 credits must be selected as follows:

  • three courses (12 credits) must be Manufacturing Engineering Core courses
  • two courses (8 credits) may be Engineering/Science electives (any 500/700 level engineering or physical science course, with no more than one course from the approved list of Engineering Management courses)
  • one course (4 credits) must be a Math course from an approved list
  • two courses (8 credits) must be unstructured MS thesis courses
  • A written research-based thesis must be completed

MFG Core Course List

  • ENG ME 507 Process Modeling and Control
  • ENG ME 510 Production Systems Analysis
  • ENG ME 514 Simulation for Manufacturing
  • ENG ME 518 Product Quality
  • ENG ME 524 Skeletal Tissue Mechanics
  • ENG ME 526 Simulation of Physical Processes
  • ENG ME 527 Transport Phenomena in Materials Processing
  • ENG ME 529 Thermodynamics and Kinetics of Materials and Processes
  • ENG ME 531 Phase Transformations
  • ENG ME 532 Atomic Structures and Dislocations in Materials
  • ENG ME 533 Energy Conversion
  • ENG ME 534 Materials Technology for Microelectronics
  • ENG ME 535 Green Manufacturing
  • ENG ME 544 Networking the Physical World
  • ENG ME 545 Electrochemistry of Fuel Cells and Batteries
  • ENG ME 555 MEMS: Fabrication and Materials
  • ENG ME 560 Precision Machine Design and Instrumentation
  • ENG ME 573 Solar Energy Systems
  • ENG ME 579 Microelectronic Device Manufacturing
  • ENG ME 704 Adaptive Control of Dynamical Systems
  • ENG ME 714 Advanced Stochastic Modeling and Simulation
  • ENG ME 724 Optimization Theory
  • ENG ME 725 Queuing Systems
  • ENG ME 740 Vision, Robotics, and Planning
  • ENG ME 755 Communication Networks
  • ENG ME 778 Micromachined Transducers

List of Approved Math Courses

  • ENG EK 500 Probability with Statistical Applications
  • ENG EK 501 Mathematical Methods I: Linear Algebra and Complex Analysis
  • ENG EC 505 Stochastic Processes
  • CAS MA 511 Introduction to Analysis I
  • CAS MA 555 Numerical Analysis I
  • CAS MA 561 Methods of Applied Mathematics I
  • ENG ME 512 Engineering Analysis
  • ENG ME 542 Advanced Fluid Mechanics
  • ENG ME 566 Advanced Engineering Mathematics
  • CAS PY 501 Mathematical Physics