For the most current course updates see the MFS page of the UK Bulletin on the Registrar’s site.

This course emphasizes mechanical design techniques based on the finite element method, using machine design background as the starting point. Techniques for modeling machine elements or components will be shown in relation to the basic FEM theory. Emphasis will be on quantifying loads and boundary conditions, the resulting stresses and deflections, and relating them to the design allowables, leading to an acceptable design solution. Prerequisite or concurrent: Engineering Standing, ME 344 and ME 205; or Graduate Standing or consent of instructor.(Same as ME 501)

This course will introduce students to the fundamental principles and practices required to implement lean manufacturing. Topics covered include structured problem solving, standardized work, value stream mapping, 5S and visual control as well as flow and pull production. In addition to the lectures, simulations/experiments/games will be used to help learn the application of the tools supported by industry case studies. An application project is also included to study real-life manufacturing or service environment to assess the current state, identify improvement opportunities and develop countermeasures for implementation. (Same as ME 503) 

This course involves a study of major manufacturing processes (bulk forming, sheet metal working and machining processes) and related tooling and machines/equipment, with emphasis on mathematical and computer-based models, and will include two labs experiments. Lecture, two hours; laboratory, one hour
Prereq: EM 313 and EM 302. (Same as ME 505)

The topics covered in this course will include product design for sustainability, including life-cycle product design, fundamentals of concurrent engineering, product specification, standardization, functional requirements and datum features, selection of materials and manufacturing processes, cost analysis, case studies on designing for quality, economy, manufacturability, productivity and sustainability.
Prereq: ME 344 and engineering standing. (Same as ME 507)



This course introduces students to the fundamentals of design, planning and control of manufacturing systems. Concepts of design for manufacturing and assembly, process planning and operations design, production planning and control, facilities layout design, production scheduling as well as group technology, etc., will be addressed.

Prereq: Engineering standing. (Same as ME 512)

Tentative online delivery starting Fall 2018.

The analysis of vibrational motion of structural and mechanical systems. Single-degree-of-freedom systems; free vibrations; non periodic
excitation; harmonic excitation. Modal analysis of multiple-degree-of-freedom systems. Vibration of continuous bodies, including strings
and bars (axial, torsional and flexural modes). Energy methods. Prereq: EM 313 and EM 302, engineering standing or consent of instructor.
(Same as EM 513, ME 513.)

Learning organizations are skilled at creating, acquiring, and transferring knowledge, and at modifying their behavior to reflect the new knowledge and insights. In this context, this course will discuss leadership styles, adult learning principles, communication, organizational behaviors, and a structure for learning.
Prereq: MFS 503 or consent of instructor

This course employs a mixture of in-class presentations, hands-on activities and selected outside assignments to teach and demonstrate the development of a lean management system. Students develop a lean operations environment within a simulated factory environment using fundamental lean tools and concepts. As the operational environment evolves, key management principles will be explored and more advanced topics such as Flow, Pull and Material & Information Mapping will be presented. The people side of lean will also be explored, culminating in the development of a true lean operating system capable of sustaining Continuous Improvement.

Prereq: MFS 503 or consent of instructor. (Same as ME 526)


Theory and practice as related to the chemical and physical processing of polymer systems. Polymer rheology, heat transfer in polymer flows, polymer engineering properties. Polymer processing operations and materials selection; flow instabilities.
Prereq: CME 330, CME 425 or ME 325; or consent of instructor. (Same as CME/ME/MSE 554.)

Course provides an introduction to modern composite materials and their applications. Topics include: basic concepts and definitions;  Fundamental properties of fibers and polymer resins; Manufacturing methods; Analysis and design of laminated and chopped fiber reinforced composites; Micro- and macro-mechanical analysis of elastic constants; Failure theory of composite materials; Computational design of composites. (Same as ME 556).

Discrete event simulation and its application to performance analysis of industrial production systems. Topics include concepts for characterizing production systems, approaches to structuring simulation models, instruction in a simulation language, and techniques for comparing alternative systems designs and control strategies. Applications to manufacturing, commercial and mining production systems are considered.
Prereq: CS 221 or 270, STA 281 or 381. (Same as MNG 563).

A detailed investigation of a topic of current significance in manufacturing systems engineering such as: computer-aided manufacturing, special topics in robotics, and lean/agile manufacturing. May be repeated under different subtitles to a maximum of six credits. A particular topic may be offered at most twice under the MFS 599 number.
Prereq: Variable; given when topic is identified.

Principles and practices of lean systems at the “shop floor” level. Teams and team dynamics, including the roles of the team member, team leader, group leader, and the supervisors are defined. The social psychology of groups and teams will be reviewed.
Prereq: MSF 503 and MSF 526; or consent of instructor.

Systems approach to manufacturing. Hardware and software for real time control and reporting. Sensor and actuators, controllers, network, database, hierarchical and distributed control, CAD/CAM systems, flexible manufacturing systems, group technology, modeling and simulation of factoring operations. Lecture, two hours; laboratory, two hours.
Prereq: MFS 505. (Same as ME/EE 605).

The need to increase quality, productivity, efficiency and sustainability in manufacturing operations spanning the product, process and systems (manufacturing systems as well as supply chain) domains is essential for companies to be successful. The increased globalization of markets and manufacturing operations, declining natural resources and negative consequences of some manufacturing practices as well as increased legislation in many regions has led to many new challenges that companies must overcome to be successful in competitive markets. This seminar course will introduce students to a variety of global issues in manufacturing through presentations by leading national and international experts in these domains.  In addition, University of Kentucky faculty engaged in cutting-edge research in some of these areas will discuss innovative approaches that are being developed and applied to address those issues.

(Same as EE/ME 606)

This course involves an advanced study of metal cutting processes including the mechanics of metal cutting including cutting forces, tool-wear/tool-life, temperature analysis, surface finish and surface integrity, chip control, machinability assessments and advances in cutting tool technology. Also, covered are topics on predictive performance models for machining, machining optimization and sustainable machining.
Prereq: ME 505. (Same as ME/MSE 607).

This course introduces students to fundamentals of nontraditional manufacturing processes. Theory and implementation of the nontraditional manufacturing processes, such as laser cutting and welding, electro discharge machining, abrasive waterjet machining, rapid prototyping, etc., will be addressed.
Prereq: ME 505 or consent of instructor. (Same as ME 608).

Leadership principles and practices for a system enterprise, which is defined as multiple independent business units operated under a common structure (company). The course will be presented using lectures, case studies, simulation exercises, Toyota executive presentations and an on-site review of Toyota’s operations at Georgetown.
Prereq: MSF 503 and MSF 526; or consent of instructor.

Tentative online delivery starting Spring 2017.

A critical examination of behavior and performance within organizations and between organizations. Special attention is paid to the problem of performance at the individual, group, and formal organizational level.
Prereq: Graduate School standing. (Same as MGT 611).

Technical design of manufacturing systems in accordance with lean manufacturing principles. Topics include models for characterization and analysis of factory flow dynamics, production flow analysis, work cell design, and design of pull-based production control systems.
Prereq: MFS 503 Lean Manufacturing Principles and Practices or consent of instructor.

This course is intended to provide future manufacturing managers and leaders a basic understanding of important theories and practices necessary to successfully manage and lead teams to achieve manufacturing organizational objectives. The course is organized into several modules. The first module will focus on developing an understanding and capability to approach ethical and sustainability concerns confronted by manufacturing organizations.  This will include coverage of tools to help identify and address societal and environmental obligations of manufacturing organizations and issues confronting them that span multiple cultures and nations.  Because people are one of the most important resources in any organization, the second and third modules will address organizational behavior (OB) and individual effectiveness. OB theories and practices that can be used to increase the capability to observe, understand and manage people’s behavior will be covered.  The last module considers safety and ergonomics as they relate to manufacturing organizations.  Coverage will include tools and techniques that can be used to analyze the manufacturing workplaces and ensure its ergonomic design as well as an overview of the current state of occupational safety and health regulations.

The purposes and goals of quality control, economics of quality control, quality engineering, statistics and probability in quality control and the functions of a quality control/assurance program in a manufacturing setting.
Prereq: Engineering standing.

A detailed investigation of a topic of current significance in manufacturing systems engineering such as: computer-aided manufacturing, special topics in robotics, and lean/agile manufacturing. May be repeated under different subtitles to a maximum of six credits. A particular topic may be offered at most twice under the MFS 699 number
Prereq: Variable; given when topic is identified.

Half time to full-time work on thesis. May be repeated to a maximum of six semesters.
Prereq: all course work toward the degree must be completed.

This course involves specialized individual work in manufacturing systems engineering. May be repeated to a maximum of nine credits.
Prereq: Approval of instructor. Online delivery starting Spring 2018. 

This course involves individual study related to a special research project supervised by the instructor or student’s advisor. A final written report on the project is required. [ For Plan B students admitted in or before Spring 2016: MFS 784 is required to complete the degree requirements. The course cannot satisfy part of the required 30 hours of course work for those Plan B].
Prereq: Approval of instructor/student’s advisor. Online delivery (when feasible for the project) starting Spring 2018.