Many of the educational instutions that support industry with academic programs were created to help manufacturers improve their manufacturing productivity and were funded by local industries to provide a ready source of trained employees and to provide research and development in a laboratory environment.

If there is a regional concentration of a particular industry, you can be sure that one or more of the major universities in that region offers specialized degree programs to support it.

These links are an effort to identify these areas of specialization and make their programs and information resources more available to a broader range of users.

Universities and Academic Resources

Center for Manufacturing Research:The Center, at Tennessee Tech, was created to help manufacturers improve their manufacturing productivity, while also helping students to obtain a better education in manufacturing-related disciplines.

MIT Laboratory for Manufacturing and Productivity: Established in 1977 to conduct engineering research in manufacturing and to develop the fundamentals of manufacturing science. The primary research focus is on design, analysis, and control of manufacturing processes and systems.

MIT Production System Design Laboratory: Conducts research in the development of a comprehensive approach for the design and implementation of Lean Production Systems. Lean Production is aimed at the elimination of waste in every area of production including customer relations, product design, supplier networks and factory management. Its goal is to incorporate less human effort, less inventory, less time to develop products and less space to become highly responsive to customer demand while producing top quality products in the most efficient and economical manner possible.

Stanford Integrated Manufacturing Association: SIMA is a cooperative venture between Stanford University's Graduate School of Business, School of Engineering and member industrial firms. Its purpose is to develop world class research and education for manufacturers. Emphasis is given to the management processes and technological innovations necessary to develop and deliver commercially superior products for manufacturing enterprises.

University of California, Berkeley - The Consortium on Green Design and Manufacturing: CGDM was formed in 1993 to encourage multidisciplinary research and education on environmental management and pollution prevention issues in critical industries.

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