Manufacturing Cluster

Offering students hands-on training in a specific industry and face-to-face interaction with top industry professionals, the Manufacturing Cluster is taught by business professionals and an expert Fisher Assistant Clinical Professor and Faculty Coordinator:  Dr. Andrea Prud'homme.

Leading practicioners in the field of Manufacturing will share their expertise, address up-to-the-minute issues facing businesses today, and look to students to provide real-world solutions. Complementing this action-learning format will be a series of lectures designed to provide students with the breadth and depth of knowledge that they will need to succeed.

Sponsoring Companies

Sponsoring companies for the 2015-2016 academic year are: Alcoa, Honda, and Owens Corning.

This is an academic program with expectations. There will be exams, outside readings, projects, and assignments. Students in this cluster should be aware that there will be several required learning opportunities outside of class time. These events include, but are not limited to, the Kick-off event, field trips, networking events, etc.

In Autumn Semester, students will meet one evening per week.  In Spring Semester, students should expect to meet one evening per week as well. However, because students will be completing projects, they should be aware that there will be an additional time commitment outside of that one evening. Sponsoring companies may aid in the evaluation of these projects.

We recommend you take BM 3230 either the spring before enrolling in the Manufacturing Industry Cluster or concurrently with BA 3630.04 in the autumn.  This is not required, but recommended, as BM 3230 will provide you will a strong foundation for principles discussed in BA 3630.04.

Course Sequence and Syllabi

Introduction to Manufacturing:  The Business Environment of Manufacturing

Autumn- 2 semester hours

Course syllabus

The objective of the first course in the Manufacturing Cluster sequence is to familiarize students with the business environment in which manufacturing operates in the U.S and globally.  Industry Partners will alternate the content and subject matter for their respective disciplines.  Classes will consist of:  lecture/presentations, case studies and/or simulations, with work to be done by project teams or individually.

Introduction to Manufacturing:  Projects in Manufacturing

Spring- 3 semester hours

Course syllabus

The second course in the Manufacturing Cluster (pre-requisite is: Introduction to Manufacturing:  The Business Environment of Manufacturing) will be devoted to topics in Manufacturing.  The class will also take on industry- specific projects that are provided by the Industry Partners, which will be executed in teams.

In Their Words

  • When signing up for the Manufacturing Cluster last year, I wasn’t exactly sure what I was getting myself into. As a Finance major, all I knew was that I wanted to do something I knew little about and Manufacturing sounded interesting. I was expecting to learn a lot about factories and production, almost like another operations class. The first few weeks changed those assumptions quickly once I realized it was more about the industry as a whole and specific structures of our various sponsors. [...] The cluster directly helped with the Finance internship with Alcoa this summer.

    Jeff Blechschmidt
    2013-14 Manufacturing Cluster