Advanced manufacturing is the application of information, computation, automation, devices, software, sensing, and networking to the manufacturing process. Advanced manufacturing can include cutting edge materials and emerging technologies that are enabled by the physical and biological sciences. This involves both traditional and tailored solutions in order to enhance manufacturing for existing products and new products emerging from new advanced manufacturing technologies. Advanced manufacturing is not limited to emerging technologies; it is also comprised of efficient, productive, highly integrated and controlled processes across a spectrum of globally competitive manufacturers and suppliers. Advanced manufacturing results in new markets, new products, new technologies, and new ways to position manufacturing to support societies that are or will be connected globally in the future.
Graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Advanced Manufacturing program are able to:
- Produce simple and complex solutions to issues in manufacturing;
- Communicate research-based information in oral and written formats to both advanced manufactures and non-manufactures;
- Collect and analyze data gathered from industry and industrial-related issues;
- Evaluate the ability to analyze metallic and nonmetallic materials needed to produce prototypes and advanced manufacturing solutions; and,
- Create solutions that support global awareness and ethical decision making when resolving issues.
As part of the Advanced Manufacturing Program, the student completes a professional portfolio as a means for assessing learning outcomes and enhancing personal and professional development.