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Lehigh is manufacturing a modernized engineering program

Lehigh University’s Center for Manufacturing Systems Engineering program will be revamped this year, according to program director and Professor Keith Gardiner.

Lehigh University’s Center for Manufacturing Systems Engineering program will be revamped this year, according to program director and Professor Keith Gardiner.

This spring, program officials will call upon former students, employers and faculty to update the continuing education program that has a focus on manufacturing systems.

“We want to look at how the program should change course descriptions to fit with modern trends,” Gardiner said.

The cross-disciplinary program began in the 1980s and is designed for experienced industry professionals. It allows them to “develop their appreciation and broad-based understanding of manufacturing systems design, integration and operation combining the management perspective with the engineers’ feel for events on the factory floor,” according to the program website.

Students who enroll in the program also typically gain increased maturity, improved communications skills and better understanding of business and strategic programs.

Participants are provided the opportunity to keep their fingers on the pulse of the manufacturing community, thanks to their program director.

Gardiner said he’s always addressed the latest technical news in his classes, such as the recent helium shortage being discussed in various news outlets.

“That’s kind of worth discussing in class when you’re talking about processes,” he explained.

Because the program is being utilized by folks in the field, there is a definite need to keep the program current, especially since there are a growing number of professionals registering for the program.

“We have a lot more applications this year than last year,” said Gardiner.

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