CSU Northridge -- November 5, 2003
New Manufacturing Systems Engineering Program Receives Accreditation
Cal State Northridge’s new manufacturing systems engineering
program has been accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering
and Technology, an international accrediting agency.
The Department of Manufacturing Systems Engineering and Management premiered
last year in Northridge’s College of Engineering and Computer
Science in response to a demand for systems and productions specialists
who can serve the vast number of manufacturing production companies
in the area.
“The greater metro Los Angeles area has the largest number of
manufacturing production companies in the United States, with a huge
variation in the skills they need,” said department chair Bonita
Campbell. “We have employers who are looking for people to design
and improve the production processes, ranging from drugs and semiconductors
to machine parts and silk screen labels on bottles. The demand in this
region is huge, and we now have a program to help meet it.”
Campbell said the CSUN program is the only one if its kind in the area,
and for it to receive accreditation was an honor. “We’re
more than pleased,” she said. “We’re thrilled to have
been able to achieve this particular milestone. We’ve been striving
for the opportunity to implement an accredited program for almost a
decade, and we’ve finally managed to achieve it.”
The university received notice of the accreditation in late September,
Campbell pointed out that manufacturing systems engineers play key roles
in the creation of almost every single product people see or use, from
clothing to computers, from automobiles to space shuttles and from frozen
foods to toys.
“The challenges of creating and using new materials to meet future
needs, the challenges of relieving human drudgery by automating dangerous
and onerous production processes, the challenges of forming and leading
teams of engineering experts are all examples of the numerous opportunities
for which the manufacturing systems engineering program prepares its
students,” she said.
Campbell said Northridge manufacturing systems majors receive a broad-based
education with a basic curriculum that includes mathematics, physics,
chemistry, engineering materials, electrical circuits, engineering mechanics
and engineering economy.
In their junior year, students study more advanced topics and take courses
designed to ensure their intellectual growth and expertise in five areas:
the design and manufacture of products, the design of manufacturing
systems, materials and manufacturing processes, the management of the
production process and resources, and measurement and inferences regarding
manufacturing process variables.
The curriculum also has a focus for community service learning. As part
of their senior capstone project, Campbell said students are responsible
for designing and building a robot. They also serve as mentors to local
high school students.
Senior design students also use the real world as their basic laboratory
by working on projects for local businesses. Projects they’ve
worked on include the design and development of a CD-ROM counter, design
of an improved packaging process for industrial adhesives and polymers,
and plant layout design for the production of a medical patient monitor.
The department also offers master’s in materials engineering,
automation engineering and engineering management. Cal State Northridge's
College of Engineering and Computer Science is home to several nationally
recognized programs where students gain valuable hands-on experience
working alongside faculty members and industry professionals on cutting-edge
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