University Catalog 2023-2024

Integrated Manufacturing Systems Engineering

The Integrated Manufacturing Systems Engineering (IMSE) program was established in 1984. IMSE provides multidisciplinary graduate-level education and practical training opportunities in the theory and practice of integrated manufacturing systems engineering at the master's level. IMSE focuses on providing a manufacturing presence and a program environment in the College of Engineering where faculty, graduate students, and industry can engage cooperatively in multidisciplinary graduate education in areas of common interest related to modern manufacturing systems technology. The objective of the IMSE program is to offer students with traditional discipline backgrounds in engineering and the physical sciences an opportunity to broaden their understanding of the multidisciplinary area of manufacturing systems. As part of their degree, students are required to complete an industry internship and present a project report on this experience. Core areas of concentration are offered in manufacturing systems, logistics, mechatronics, and advanced manufacturing.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the IMSE master's program requires a B.S. degree from an accredited institution in engineering, physics, mathematics, or computer science. Check with IMSE if your degree is in a field other than these listed.

Master's Degree Requirements

The IMSE program requires a minimum of 27 hours of graduate coursework and a six-hour project. The graduate coursework can include courses that provide a multidisciplinary overview of subject materials basic to manufacturing systems, logistics, mechatronics, and advanced manufacturing and coursework that allows a student to specialize. The six-hour project is focused on creating a report of a student's internship experience and culminates in a presentation to their graduate committee.

The IMSE degree is now available through Engineering Online as a distance program. Application to the IMSE Distance Education program is the same as the on-campus program.

Student Financial Support

Assistantships and internships are available to qualified students. The full financial support package covers tuition and health insurance. Internships are also undertaken directly with host companies.


The IMSE internship program was established to provide a cooperative industrial and academic experience for IMSE students. Several Internship awards are made available every year for special training in IMSE host companies. Typically, the student attends classes for two semesters (fall and spring), works at the sponsor company for the following summer and fall semesters, and completes their IMSE course requirements the following spring semester. The student uses the experience at the sponsor company as the basis for their IMSE project report.

Other Relevant Information

IMSE students are supported by companies across the country during their internships.  Both full-time and part-time internship support is provided depending on availability.  These companies have included: ABB, ABCO Automation, Applied Materials, AT&T, Bayer, BSH, Bosch, Biogen, Castle Hill Technologies, Caterpillar, Closure Medical, Corning Cable Systems, CSX, Cummins, Disney, Dupont, Daimler Trucks, Elkay, Ford, GE, GKN, GSK, IBM, Ingersoll Rand, Intel, John Deere, Mack Trucks, Mayne Pharma, Michelin, Morganite, MTS Systems, Nekton Technologies, Rubbermaid, RxMedic, Samsung Semiconductor, Schwanns, Snap-On, Tesla, UPS, Volvo Trucks, and ZF Corporation and many others.


Full Professors

  • Roger L. Barker
  • Michael D. Boyette
  • Marianne Bradford
  • Gregory D. Buckner
  • Yuang Sung Al Chen
  • Mo-Yuen Chow
  • Timothy Gladstone Clapp
  • Elizabeth Carol Dickey
  • Yahya Fathi
  • Tushar K. Ghosh
  • Robert B. Handfield
  • Ola Lars Anders Harrysson
  • Thom Joel Hodgson
  • Julie Simmons Ivy
  • Warren J. Jasper
  • Jeffrey Allen Joines
  • Russell E. King
  • James Woodrow Leach
  • Yuan-Shin Lee
  • Trevor J. Little
  • Ning Lu
  • Louis A. Martin
  • Michael A. Rappa
  • William John Rasdorf
  • Jon Paul Rust
  • Abdel-fattah Mohamed Seyam

Associate Professors

  • Jacob James Adams
  • Dennis R. Bahler
  • Pamela Banks-Lee
  • Kristin Anne Barletta
  • Ramon R. Collazo
  • Jingyan Dong
  • George Lawrence Hodge
  • Hsiao-Ying Shadow Huang
  • Michael G. Kay
  • Karlyn Mitchell
  • Daniel Erique Saloni
  • Donald P. Warsing

Assistant Professor

  • Timothy Joseph Horn

Practice/Research/Teaching Professors

  • Marianne Bradford
  • Semra Sebnem Ahiska King
  • Billy L. Edge
  • Steven D. Jackson
  • David Lee Lubkeman
  • Brandon Mark McConnell
  • Henry Lee Nuttle
  • Tania Milkova Paskova
  • Claude Lewis Reynolds Jr.
  • Javad Taheri

Emeritus Faculty

  • Roy E. Carawan
  • Stephen N. Chapman
  • Charles Thomas Culbreth Jr.
  • Perry L. Grady
  • Thom Joel Hodgson
  • Thomas Johnson
  • Stephen Dean Roberts
  • Ezat Sanii
  • William A. Smith Jr.
  • James Reed Wilson
  • Richard Allen Wysk
  • Robert E. Young
  • Carl Frank Zorowski

Adjunct Faculty

  • Brian Denton
  • Mihail Devetsikiotis
  • Tania Milkova Paskova
  • Amy Diane Wilson


IMS 675  Manufacturing Systems Engineering Project  (1-6 credit hours)  

Individual or team project work in integrated manufacturing systems engineering resulting in an engineering report. Required of all degree candidates in IMSE master's program. Forms the basis for IMSE student's final oral examination.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing in IMSE

Typically offered in Fall, Spring, and Summer

IMS 680  Master's Directed Study  (1-3 credit hours)  

Independent study providing opportunity for individual students to explore topics of special interest under direction of a member of faculty.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing in IMSE

Typically offered in Fall, Spring, and Summer

IMS 685  Master's Supervised Teaching  (1-3 credit hours)  

Teaching experience under the mentorship of faculty who assist the student in planning for the teaching assignment, observe and provide feedback to the student during the teaching assignment, and evaluate the student upon completion of the assignment.

Prerequisite: Master's student

Typically offered in Fall, Spring, and Summer

IMS 690  Master's Examination  (1-9 credit hours)  

For students in non thesis master's programs who have completed all other requirements of the degree except preparing for and taking the final master's exam.

Prerequisite: Master's student

Typically offered in Spring and Summer

IMS 696  Summer Project Research  (1 credit hours)  

For graduate students whose programs of work specify no formal course work during a summer session and who will be devoting full time to project research.

Typically offered in Summer only