Manufacturing Concentration

The Department of Manufacturing Engineering was the first of its kind in the country, and the first to offer accredited degrees in manufacturing at the BS, MS, and PhD levels. The new Mechanical Engineering department at BU continues to be a leader and an innovator in the manufacturing discipline.

Manufacturing Engineering (MFG) at Boston University is an interdisciplinary field with a design emphasis that encompasses a broad range of areas, including materials and machining, automation and microelectronics, and systems and control. Students have the opportunity to study real-world manufacturing technologies with world-renowned faculty members and state-of-the-art facilities, and to work alongside professors conducting cutting-edge research.

The undergraduate curriculum builds from the basics to professional practice. In the common core curriculum in engineering, students learn the basics in science, mathematics, and engineering science. A design emphasis threads the entire educational experience, building to courses such as automated manufacturing, product design, and computer-aided manufacturing. Technical focus and competence are established through electives that allow students to specialize in areas such as materials, systems, simulation, MEMS, and green manufacturing. Practical focus throughout the curriculum puts a strong emphasis on management skills. Students are able to put their technical education to work solving real-world manufacturing problems in hands-on laboratory experiences, culminating in the senior “capstone” design project in industry.

The interdisciplinary nature of manufacturing engineering is evident in the senior design projects. Aspects of biomedical, aerospace, computer, mechanical, and other engineering fields are represented in projects such as:

  • The Gilette Company: Series II disposable razor assembly process redesign
  • AGFA: Analysis of a stereolithography process
  • Boston Scientific Company: Implementation of a demand-driven manufacturing process for a catheter
  • AMETEK Aerospace: Analysis of a jet calibration process for top-level assembly of a thermocouple harness

Starting in the fall of 2009 the College will no longer enroll new students in the MFG bachelor of science degree program. Rather, incoming students interested in MFG will enroll in the ME degree program and will have the option of adding a concentration in MFG. These students will receive the best of both worlds: an accredited degree in one of the broadest and most marketable degree programs in engineering (ME) combined with specialized training in MFG. Students already enrolled in the MFG bachelor’s degree program prior to the fall of 2009 will be able to complete their program.

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