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INDUSTRIAL AND MANUFACTURING ENGINEERING

CENTERS and LABS

Cessna Manufacturing Laboratory  supports all courses offered in the areas of manufacturing engineering, tool design, advanced and nontraditional machining, composite machining, and computer-aided manufacturing. The lab is also used by other departments, mainly the ME department, for its educational and research needs. The Mini Baja team makes extensive use of this lab which also supports multi-disciplinary courses and senior design projects.


Composites Manufacturing Laboratory is designed to provide students with hands-on experience in composites manufacturing and testing methods used in the aerospace industry. The lab supports a number of courses on composite materials and manufacturing processes.


Reliability and Maintenance Engineering Laboratory (REAL) supports courses in the reliability and maintainability areas. Its main goal is to provide students with hands-on experiences in modeling accelerated life testing and degradation testing, optimal design of testing plans, robust reliability design, system reliability optimization, condition-based maintenance (CBM), and engineering risk assessment. To carry out these teaching-related activities, the lab hosts accelerated life/degradation testing equipment and several test beds for CBM.


Enterprise Engineering Lab promotes research in the design of the enterprise. Areas of focus include Lean Systems and Enterprise Systems. 

Ergonomics and Occupational Biomechanics Laboratory: This lab supports teaching and research in fields related to industrial ergonomics.


CAD/Systems Laboratory  is a teaching lab that supports a number of courses including engineering graphics, systems simulation, and neural networks. The lab is also used on a regular basis by the ME and other departments to support a number of courses.


Rapid Prototyping and Product Development Laboratory Activities include research and teaching, and support courses in all IME areas as well as the senior design course.


Manufacturing Process Laboratory is used to carry out research in machining, sheet metal forming, and in support of manufacturing engineering courses.


Laboratory for Sustainable Engineered Systems promotes the advancement of knowledge, understanding, and education of environmentally sustainable engineered systems (manufacturing and production systems, and renewable energy systems) through interdisciplinary teams of faculty, students, industrial partners and community volunteers.  The Lab’s research objective is to create or modify existing physical, chemical, biological or operational systems such that they either have a minimal or favorable impact on health and the environment.  The Lab conducts research in energy efficiency, healthcare and the environment, life cycle analysis, green manufacturing and sustainability.