Integrated Business and Engineering
The Schools of Engineering and 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 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.
During 1990, a task force composed of leaders from industry, state government and academia worked with faculty from the University of Connecticut's Schools of Engineering and Business to develop an innovative manufacturing education program - the Management & Engineering for Manufacturing (MEM). The MEM Program integrates business and engineering, with an emphasis on preparing students for careers with firms engaged in manufacturing at the world class global level.
In 2007 the MEM program was accredited by the prestigious Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) in two separate areas: Engineering Management and Manufacturing Engineering. The program is also accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) as part of the UConn’s School of Business.