Penn State Introduces Graduate Certificate in Additive Manufacturing

Launching spring of 2019, the 12-credit certificate offers a higher education option for students seeking to expand their AM skills and knowledge.

Prompted by the industry demand for trained experts in additive manufacturing and design for additive manufacturing, Penn State is offering a new graduate certificate in additive manufacturing and design (AMD) through Penn State World Campus. The new 12-credit certificate is intended to provide a springboard for engineers to build a strong foundation in the field of additive manufacturing.

“We are finding that experienced engineers and designers in industry already have a graduate degree and aren’t looking to complete all of the coursework for another degree, yet they are anxious to learn about additive manufacturing and how it might affect their job, their company, or their industry,” says Tim Simpson, the Paul Morrow Professor of Engineering Design and Manufacturing and the director of the Additive Manufacturing and Design Graduate Program.

Ideal for engineers working full time, the certificate can be completed in one or one-and-half years and equips students with the knowledge and skills to work effectively across AMD disciplines and domains.

“The AMD graduate certificate gives them the flexibility to pick and choose the courses they want to gain the knowledge necessary to stay current with the technology and ‘up skill’ without leaving their job,” Simpson says. 

To capitalize on the field’s interdisciplinary emphasis, the AMD program at Penn State combines the strengths of the departments of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering; Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering; Engineering Science and Mechanics; School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs; and Materials Science and Engineering; and spans two colleges, the College of Engineering and the College Earth and Mineral Sciences.

“The AMD program as a whole has been extremely well received by both our students and industry partners,” says Karen Thole, distinguished professor and department head of mechanical and nuclear engineering. “This new certificate presents a fantastic opportunity for professional engineers to demonstrate additional value to their current and future employers while establishing a commitment to lifelong learning.”

The admission requirements will be based on a combination of academic records, GRE scores, resume and applicable work experience, a personal statement of interest, and three letters of recommendation from a professor or supervisor. GRE scores will be waived for applicants who have five or more years of work experience or who have previously completed a master’s degree.

To receive the graduate certificate, students will complete three of the four 4-credit core courses offered in the existing AMD master’s program. The credits earned in pursuit of the certificate can also be applied toward a master’s degree in AMD if the student chooses to continue their education.

Applicants will be expected to have a bachelor of science or four-year associate’s degree in engineering, engineering technology, manufacturing, materials science or a related field.

The certificate program will launch in the spring of 2019 and is currently accepting applications. Interested students can apply for the spring semester until December 7, 2018. For more information, email AMDProgram@psu.edu.

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