The School of Engineering and the School of Business at the University of Connecticut educate undergraduates who are highly valued in their respective fields. Both schools, however, have recognized that students who plan to pursue careers in manufacturing can benefit from a perspective that integrates subjects that have traditionally been available only in business programs or in engineering programs. Given the level of competition in many manufacturing sectors, it is essential that firms employ people who are educationally well-suited for the challenges to be faced. The program is jointly offered by the School of Business and the School of Engineering.
The mission of UConn’s MEM Program is to develop professionals with a solid foundation in engineering and business skills, plus a total enterprise vision, and intimate knowledge of production in manufacturing and in the service industry.
The MEM Program
has established an Advisory Board of very distinguished industry leaders in the state of Connecticut. The Advisory Board has played a fundamental role in
providing strategic support to the program as well as providing placement, internships, and scholarship support to the MEM students.
A list of the current Board members can be found at
The MEM program is internationally accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) as satisfying the highest standard of achievement for business programs, and by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) in two categories: Engineering Management and Manufacturing.
The 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 between 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.
The Management and Engineering for Manufacturing undergraduate program educational objectives are that our alumni:
practice their profession with solid engineering and business knowledge and skills, and have a total enterprise vision of world class manufacturing and service organizations;
compete successfully using lean manufacturing and quality management principles in the design, manufacture of products, and development of services; and
apply high professional standards, with up to date knowledge and personal skills, integrating global factors in their approach to engineering and business decisions.
Program Expected Outcomes
After completing their program our graduates will:
Be able to use the principles of engineering, mathematics, science, and business for the solution of problems in the areas of design, manufacturing, and processing.
Be able to identify, formulate and solve engineering and business problems.
Be able to work well on teams that cross disciplinary lines.
Effectively communicate in both written and oral presentations.
Be able to design and conduct experiments and analyze and interpret the results of these experiments.
Have the ability to design a system, subsystem or process to meet desired goals with realistic constraints, assess the designs and recommend changes.
Be able to apply modern mathematical and computational tools to the formulation and solution of engineering and business problems.
Retain the basic knowledge of engineering and business and understand the importance of acquiring new and relevant skills throughout their careers.
Understand the role of engineering and business and their contributions to contemporary issues.
Understand professional and ethical responsibilities in engineering and business situations.
Understand the impact and contributions of engineering and business solutions in a global, economic, and societal context.
Know the need and have the knowledge how to integrate all aspects of the business and engineering functions of the organization.
Upon graduation, students will be able to contribute immediately to the continuous improvement of the firms where they are employed. MEM graduates will be prepared to increase productivity, reduce costs, and improve level of product quality and customer service. Their educational background will also enable them to participate in the evaluation, design, and implementation of new technologies for years to come. As their careers advance, graduates of the MEM program will be well-prepared to move into management positions in their manufacturing organizations. Graduates of the program will have the skills to assume supervisory or support positions in a manufacturing company and the depth and breadth of skills consistent with rapid promotion. A sampling of positions available to MEM graduates is outlined below.
Production Supervisor or Manufacturing Supervisor
Department Head/Line Manager or Materials Manager
Associate Engineer, levels 1, 11, and 111
Manufacturing, Quality, Production, or Industrial Engineer
Machine Operator advancing to Group Leader or Area Lead Person
Plant Supervisor or Plant Manager
MEM students have available a one-semester exchange program with the Industrial Engineering and Management program from Lund University, Sweden. Founded in 1666, Lund University is one of northern Europe’s oldest, broadest and finest universities and is consistently ranked as one the world’s top 100 universities.
The MEM program requires many existing courses offered by the School of Business and the School of Engineering. Along with courses designed to meet both Schools' curricula requirements, majors take a sequence of special MEM courses: Introduction to MEM Program in the freshman year; Introduction to Manufacturing Systems in the sophomore year; and, during the junior and senior years, Advanced Manufacturing Systems; Introduction to Products and Processes; Advanced Products and Processes; and Computers in Manufacturing. Many of these special MEM courses are team-taught by faculty from both schools.
If you would like more information on the MEM program, please visit the website below or contact either of the faculty mentioned at the end of the page
Management and Engineering for Manufacturing
Operations and Information Management Department
Telephone: (860) 486-5295
Fax: (860) 486-4839