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Product Realization Minor- PENDING REMOVAL

This 21-credit interdisciplinary minor is designed for any engineering student who is interested in state-of-the-art practice in integrated product/process design and manufacturing. The program culminates with a one- or two-semester project involving the design and manufacture of a new product.

Students completing the minor should:

  1. understand the interaction of design and manufacturing through practical examples,
  2. be familiar with the entrepreneurial skills needed to transfer a new product from initial idea to market,
  3. understand the technical and management aspects of concurrent engineering and total quality management, and
  4. have hands-on experience in designing and manufacturing a product, organizing and managing the effort, and interacting with the customer.


A College of Engineering team – consisting of faculty from the industrial engineering, mechanical engineering, and engineering science and mechanics disciplines – was successful in obtaining a grant from the Advanced Research Projects Agency, in conjunction with the University of Washington, University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez, and Sandia National Laboratory, to develop curricula that integrate product design and manufacturing. The result is this Product Realization minor. 


Note: Course descriptions can be found in the University Bulletin.

The minor requires nine credits of core courses: 

  • ME 240: Product Dissection
  • ENGR 407: Technology-Based Entrepreneurship
  • IE 466: Concurrent Engineering

Scheduling Recommendations (by semester standing)

Semester Standing 1-2 3-4 5-6 7-8
ME 240: Product Dissection X or X
ENGR 407: Technology-Based Entrepreneurship X
IE 466: Concurrent Engineering X or X

Twelve additional credits must be completed, including:

  • Nine credits in Product Design, Quality Engineering, and Manufacturing Processes: Product development courses, quality engineering courses, and laboratory-oriented manufacturing process courses approved by the Professor in Charge of the Minor. Example courses include: IE 305, IE 306, IE 307, IE 311, IE 312, IE 424, IE 428, IE 464, ME 340, ME 445, EE 310, and EE 418.  
  • Three-credit Senior Project: Team-based design or industrial projects course, as approved by the Professor in Charge of the Minor. Example courses include: IE 480W, ME 440W, ME 441W, and EE 403W. 
  • Students must obtain a C or better in the specified courses to satisfy the requirements for the minor.

Entrance to minor

Students can register for the Product Realization minor through LionPATH.


Timothy Simpson oversees the Product Realization minor. 

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