Courses

Fall Term

During the fall term, students take four courses—a total of 48 units. The following are required unless similar prior classes can be demonstrated:

2.810 Manufacturing Processes and Systems

Introduction to manufacturing systems and manufacturing processes including assembly, machining, injection molding, casting, thermoforming, and more. Emphasis on the relationship between physics and randomness to quality, rate, cost, and flexibility. Attention to the relationship between the process and the system, and the process and part design. Project (in small groups) requires fabrication (and some design) of a product using several different processes (as listed above).

2.854 Introduction to Manufacturing Systems

Provides ways to analyze manufacturing systems in terms of material flow and storage, information flow, capacities, and times and durations of events. Fundamental topics include probability, inventory and queuing models, forecasting, optimization, process analysis, and linear and dynamic systems. Factory planning and scheduling topics include flow planning, bottleneck characterization, buffer and batch-size tactics, seasonal planning, and dynamic behavior of production systems. 

2.961 Management for Engineers

Provides an overview of management issues for graduate engineers. Topics approached in terms of career options as engineering practitioner, manager, and entrepreneur. Specific topics include semantics, finance, starting a company, and people management. Through selected readings from texts and cases, focus is on the development of individual skills and management tools. Requires student participation and discussion, term paper. 

In addition, students must choose one of the electives from the following list: 

2.76 Global Engineering
2.675 Micro/Nano Engineering Laboratory
2.821J Selection and Processing of Structural Materials 
15.871 Introduction to System Dynamics 
15.872 System Dynamics II 
2.120 Introduction to Robotics 
(Only for students waived from 2.810) 
2.171 Analysis and Design of Digital Control Systems (Only for students waived from 2.810) 
2.740 Bio-inspired Robotics (Only for students waived from 2.96) 

 

January Term (IAP)

2.S982 New Process Development - "Bench to Money“ 

A two-term project class where students in groups of 2-3 join a research lab in the Laboratory for Manufacturing and Productivity. There they will learn about a new process or a hardware concept and develop an understanding of the steps and hurdles necessary to bring such an idea to commercial reality. Each group will produce a report at the end of the  Spring term. 

In addition, in January,  students begin their Group Projects in Industry. They may also participate in other activities during this Independent Activities Period.   

 

Spring Term

During the spring term students take three courses and a seminar (a total of 42 units), and work on their Group Projects (9 Units). 

2.830 Control of Manufacturing Processes

Statistical modeling and control in manufacturing processes. Use of experimental design and response surface modeling to understand manufacturing process physics. Defect and parametric yield modeling and optimization. Forms of process control, including statistical process control, run by run and adaptive control, and real-time feedback control. Application contexts include semiconductor manufacturing, conventional metal and polymer processing, and emerging micro-nano manufacturing processes.

IDS.735J Supply Chain PlanningIDS.736[J] Manufacturing System and Supply Chain Design

Focuses on decision making for system design, as it arises in manufacturing systems and supply chains. Students exposed to frameworks and models for structuring the key issues and trade-offs. Presents and discusses new opportunities, issues and concepts introduced by the internet and e-commerce. Introduces various models, methods and software tools for logistics network design, capacity planning and flexibility, make-buy, and integration with product development. Industry applications and cases illustrate concepts and challenges. 

2.739J Product Design and Development

Covers modern tools and methods for product design and development. The cornerstone is a project in which teams of management, engineering, and industrial design students conceive, design, and prototype a physical product. Class sessions employ cases and hands-on exercises to reinforce the key ideas. Topics include: product planning, identifying customer needs, concept generation, product architecture, industrial design, concept design, and design-for-manufacturing.

2.S982 - Continuation of New Process Development - "Bench to Money“ - 3 Units

2.888 Professional Seminar in Global Manufacturing and Entrepreneurship

2.THG Graduate Thesis - 9 Units
Students also begin their thesis project in the spring. This thesis project continues through the summer term, when students participate in industry-based group projects. This full-time project gives students a chance to apply their understanding of manufacturing fundamentals to real problems and make real-world improvements in process, material flow and logistics.

 

Summer Term

2.THG Graduate Thesis - 24 Units

The key activity of the summer term is the Group Project.  The full time work in industry and thesis project culminate in mid-August. Students receive their Degree in the mid-September and are elegible to walk in the commencement ceremony the following June.