Department of Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering

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Missions, Goals and Objectives

Mission Statement

To provide excellence in education and scholarly expertise to industry in Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering and Engineering Management to meet the needs of the constituencies and serve the economics of the state of Minnesota and the nation.

Department Values

The department strives to achieve high levels of student success and satisfaction. All faculty share guiding principals they work towards to achieve high student satisfaction levels.

Educational Objectives

  • Apply a broad, fundamental-based knowledge and up-to-date skills required in performing professional work in mechanical and manufacturing engineering and related disciplines.
  • Complete comprehensive design work pertaining to manufacturing engineering, incorporating the use of design standards, realistic constraints and consideration of the economic, environmental and social impact of the design.
  • Identify, analyze and solve manufacturing engineering problems as a continuous process to gain competitive advantages in industry.
  • Pursue a productive career in an industrial or governmental organization as a leader and as a member of multi-disciplinary and cross-functional teams, with an appreciation for the value of ethic and cultural diversity and an understanding of contemporary issues.
  • Enter graduate programs in manufacturing engineering and related disciplines and to pursue lifelong learning and professional licensure.

Department Goals

  • Maintain professional accreditation for all of its programs.
  • Continue to make teaching excellence a priority and foster an environment where new faculty is able to develop excellence in teaching.
  • Collaborate with local industry to contribute to the economic well-being of the region.
  • Provide opportunities for students through research and consulting.
  • Offer quality graduate programs in a way that provides flexibility to engineers from industry to participate.
  • Continue recruiting and retaining quality students in a way that embraces diversity in all of its programs.
  • Work with local and regional schools to promote engineering as a profession.
  • Maintain a high proportion of professionally licensed faculty.
  • Actively seek feedback from industry to evaluate courses and program content so as to provide competitive edge to students.
  • Continue to provide recent technological tools to enhance teaching, research and scholarship in a multidisciplinary learning environment.
  • Create awareness amongst students on global, environmental and ethical issues as it relations to their profession.

Operational Guidelines

  • Make improving the quality of the Manufacturing Engineering Program, primarily in teaching and research, an ongoing process.
  • Maintain a good balance between general and specialized education in the curriculum.
  • Affirm academic freedom and welcome a diversity of opinions and ideas for students, faculty and staff of all culture.
  • Facilitate part-time and full-time, traditional and nontraditional students.
  • Work with local and regional schools to promote engineering as a profession.
  • Serve the community as an engineering and technology resource center of the region.
  • Provide opportunities for faculty and staff development.
  • Allocate and acquire resources to strengthen the Manufacturing Engineering program in a cost-effective manner.