7/7/2017 | 1 MINUTE READ

Penn State University to Offer Additive Manufacturing Degree, Including Online Option

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The courses will begin fall 2017, pending approval from the university’s board of trustees.


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Penn State University (PSU) will offer residential and online master’s degrees in additive manufacturing (AM) and design beginning in fall 2017.

The residential Master of Science in Additive Manufacturing (MSAMD) and online Master of Engineering in Additive Manufacturing (MEngAMD) are 30-credit degrees offered to graduate students. The courses provide the analytical and practical skills required to digitally design, develop, analyze, numerically model, optimize, fabricate, and inspect new components and subassemblies using additive manufacturing technologies. 

The program will integrate graduate coursework across multiple departments, including mechanical and nuclear engineering, industrial and manufacturing engineering, engineering science and mechanics, school of engineering design, technology, professional programs, and materials science and engineering. Courses will be taught in two colleges: Engineering and Earth and Mineral Sciences. 

Students can choose from engineering courses covering a variety of topics to fulfill the degree program, including existing courses from programs in engineering leadership and innovation management, master of science in mechanical engineering, and human factors engineering and ergonomics.

Additional elective courses will be made available in the Smeal College of Business and College of Information Sciences & Technology to explore the implications of AM on supply chains and cyber-security.

All students will spend time on site working in PSU’s additive manufacturing laboratory, the Center for Innovative Materials Processing through Direct Digital Deposition (CIMP-3D), as well as the Material Characterization Laboratory in the Millennium Sciences Complex and the Factory for Advanced Manufacturing Education in Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering.

Students will gain experience working with polymer and metallic additive manufacturing systems.

Tim Simpson, Paul Morrow professor of engineering design and manufacturing and co-director of CIMP-3D, will serve as director of the new program. (Simpson is a regular contributor to Modern Machine Shop, sister publication to Additive Manufacturing.)

Pending presentation to the university’s board of trustees, the degrees will launch in fall 2017.

For more information about the degrees or to be alerted as to when applications are available, email AMDprogram@psu.edu.