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Manufacturing Systems Engineering

Administrative Unit:Manufacturing Systems Engineering Program
College/School: College of Engineering
Admitting Plans:M.S.
Degrees Offered:M.S., M.Engr.
Minors and Certificates:Ph.D. Minor
Named Options: Engineering Management Specialization (M.S.)

Faculty: Ananth Krishnamurthy (Director), Pascale Carayon (Industrial and Systems Engineering), Darek Ceglarek (Industrial and Systems Engineering), Gregory DeCroix (School of Business), Neil Duffie (Mechanical Engineering), Roxann Engelstad (Mechanical Engineering), Nicola Ferrier (Mechanical Engineering), Mark Finster (School of Business), Frank Fronczak (Mechanical Engineering), Jeffrey Giacomin (Mechanical Engineering), Rafael Lazimy (School of Business), Jingshan Li (Industrial and Systems Engineering), Xiaochun Li (Mechanical Engineering), Miron Livny (Computer Science), Robert Lorenz (Mechanical Engineering), Vladimir Lumelsky (Mechanical Engineering), Ella Mae Matusumura (School of Business) John Moskwa (Mechanical Engineering), Michael Oliva (Civil and Environmental Engineering), Tim Osswald (Mechanical Engineering), Frank Pfefferkorn (Mechanical Engineering), Robert Radwin (Industrial and Systems Engineering), Bin Ran (Civil and Environmental Engineering), Bob Rowlands (Mechanical Engineering), Jeffrey Russell (Civil and Environmental Engineering), Leyuan Shi (Industrial and Systems Engineering), Donald Stone (Material Science and Engineering), Krishnan Suresh (Mechanical Engineering), Lih-Sheng Turng (Mechanical Engineering), Raj Veeramani (Industrial and Systems Engineering), Urban Wemmerlov (School of Business), Shiyu Zhou (Industrial and Systems Engineering)


The master of science in manufacturing systems engineering is a multidisciplinary degree, drawing courses and faculty from engineering, business, computer sciences, and statistics. As the first program of its kind in the United States, and among the first in the world, MSE has long been recognized as a leading provider of resourceful engineers for global and dynamic manufacturing firms. Hands-on projects, along with classes taught by internationally recognized experts and state-of-the-art technology, provide an ideal foundation for anyone entering today's competitive manufacturing environment.

MSE graduates leave the program skilled beyond narrow specialties and equipped to lead technical teams. Students are exposed to practical problems and cutting-edge concepts, resulting in engineers who combine management skills with advanced technical abilities. Courses cover a broad range of manufacturing issues, while reinforcing a systems approach. The variety of subjects allows students to tailor their studies to individual goals or interests. More than 400 MSE alumni currently work in industry.

The student body of the MSE program is divided almost equally between students returning from industry or working for their degrees while employed, and those coming directly from undergraduate work. The program also has a substantial number of international students. Prospective students find the midsized program an ideal learning environment. The number of students ranges from 35 to 60--large enough for adequate resources and small enough for personal attention.

Specifically, the program addresses solutions to problems in the design, development, implementation, operation, evaluation, and management of modern manufacturing systems. An engineering management specialization is also offered, ideal for engineering students with a special interest in management issues pertaining to manufacturing.

For students seeking advanced training in management, the Wisconsin School of Business offers an MBA. in operations management with a focus on operations and technology management (OTM). A maximum of 6 advanced credits of MSE course work can be used to satisfy some of the MBA degree requirements.


To be admitted to the M.S. program, applicants must satisfy the Graduate School's minimum admission requirements as well as the following program requirements: undergraduate engineering degree from an ABET-accredited program or its equivalent (students with a physical sciences degree other than engineering and considerable industry experience are also eligible); and an undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (exceptions may be made by the admissions committee in favor of applicants with industry experience). Students applying from non-U.S. universities must supply GRE and either TOEFL, MELAB, or IELTS scores.


Students must choose at least one course from each of the following core areas.  All students are required to take the capstone course ISyE 641, and complete a 3 credit independent study.  The remaining 4 elective courses can be almost any graduate level courses (usually engineering or business) that the student's advisor agrees to.

Manufacturing Processes and Control

CBE 450 Process Design
CBE 470 Process Dynamics and Control
CBE 540 Polymer Science and Technology
CBE 541 Plastics and High Polymer Laboratory
CBE 770 Advanced Process Dynamics and Control
ECE 453 Embedded Microprocessor Systems Design
ECE 468 Digital Computer Projects in Control and Instrumentation
ECE/NEEP 528 Plasma Processing and Technology
ECE 549 Integrated Circuit Fabrication Laboratory
ISyE 415 Introduction to Manufacturing Systems, Design and Analysis
ME 417 Introduction to Polymer Processing
ME 419 Fundamentals of Injection Molding
ME 428 Numerical Control
ME 429 Metal Cutting
ME 437 Advanced Welding Processes and Materials Selection
ME/ECE 439 Introduction to Robotics
ME 446 Automatic Controls
ME 447 Computer Control of Machines and Processes
ME 514 Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing
ME/ECE 577 Automatic Controls Laboratory
ME 601* Fundamentals of Microfabrication
ME 717 Advanced Polymer Processing
ME 720 Advanced Powder Processing and Particulate Engineering
ME 729 Stochastic Analysis of Machine Tool Dynamics and Control
ME/ECE 739 Advanced Automation and Robotics
ME 747 Advanced Computer Control of Machines and Processes
MS&E 434 Introduction to Thin-Film Deposition Processes
MS&E 461 Advanced Metal Casting
MS&E 465 Fundamentals of Heat Treatment
MS&E 749 Advanced Foundry Metallurgy

*This course number is used for multiple seminar classes. Please check the Course Guide for the correct listing.

Product Design and Process Planning

CS/ECE 755 VLSI Systems Design
CS/ECE 756 Computer-Aided Design for VLSI
ISyE/BME 564 Occupational Ergonomics and Biomechanics
ISyE 605 Computer-Integrated Manufacturing
ISyE 655 Advanced CAD/CAM
ME 418 Engineering Design with Polymers
ME 444 Design Problems in Electricity
ME 535 Computer-Aided Geometric Design
ME 549 Product Design
ME 601* Mechatronics in Control and Product Realization
ME 601* Design of Computer Control Systems
ME 601* Computer Aided Design and Analysis of Mechanical Systems
ME 712 Quality Product and Process Design
ME 735 Computer Integrated Concurrent Design
ME 748 Optimum Design of Mechanical Elements and Systems
ME/CBE 444 Solar Energy Technology
ME/CS/ECE 780 Robot Motion Planning
OTM 860 Planning for New Services and Products

*This course number is used for multiple seminar classes. Please check the Course Guide for the correct listing.

Design, Operation, and Improvement of Manufacturing Systems

ISyE/ME 510 Facilities Planning
ISyE/ME 512 Inspection, Quality Control and Reliability
ISyE 515 Engineering Management of Continuous Process Improvement
ISyE 520 Quality Assurance Systems
ISyE 575 Introduction to Quality Engineering
ISyE 612 Information Sensing and Analysis for Manufacturing Process
ISyE 620 Simulation Modeling & Analysis
ISyE/ME 643 Performance Analysis of Manufacturing Systems
ISyE 691* Financial Engineering in Manufacturing Enterprise Systems
OTM 654 Production Planning and Control
OTM 700 Operations Management [section for non–MBAs, if offered]
OTM 770 Quality and Productivity Improvement
OTM 875 Reorganizing the Factory: Competing Through Cellular
STAT/ME 424 Statistical Experimental Design for Engineers

*This course number is used for multiple seminar classes. Please check the Course Guide for the correct listing.

Managerial Organizational Aspects

Acct I S 710 Managerial Accounting
Finance 300/700 Introduction to Financial Management
ISyE/Psych 653 Organization and Job Design
MHR 700 Organizational Behavior
MHR 720 Organization and Management Processes
MHR 722 Entrepreneurial Management
OTM 758/ISyE 658 Managing Technological and Organizational Change
OTM 861 Strategic Breakthrough Management and Quality Planning

A select number of courses are also available for credit through the Office of Engineering Outreach via videotape.

For more information: Professor Ananth Krishnamurthy, Director, or John Loeffelholz, Administrative Assistant, Manufacturing Systems Engineering Program, 1550 Engineering Drive, Room 3160 ECB, Madison, WI 53706; 608-262-0921; fax 608-265-4017; mse@engr.wisc.edu; www.engr.wisc.edu/interd/msep.