Our mission is to prepare students for rewarding careers and higher education in engineering management, manufacturing systems engineering and materials engineering. Our graduates will be able to solve complex technical problems, address the needs of modern society and pursue lifelong learning. The department successfully guides students in their achievement of the educational objectives articulated for all undergraduate engineering programs at CSUN, and in the acquisition and development of the specialized knowledge and skills essential to their professional practice of manufacturing systems engineering, materials engineering and engineering management for the betterment of society, as well as competence in the design, implementation and management of contemporary manufacturing and production methods and systems.
About the Department
The Department of Manufacturing System Engineering and Management (MSEM) is located in heart of the San Fernando Valley, north of Los Angeles. This geographical location places faculty, staff and students in one of the most exciting areas in the world for engineering at the beginning of the 21st century. In this dynamic environment, students find themselves with significant job offers and exciting career opportunities throughout Southern California.
With the turn of the century, the field of engineering entered a particularly vital era. The “information age” born in the last century has already affected every aspect of the discipline and, undoubtedly, revolutionized all engineering fields, including manufacturing engineering, automated manufacturing, nanotechnology, biomaterials, quality management, sustainability and waste reduction.
MSEM is a leading academic center in training the next generation of creative engineers who will pioneer new technologies, launch businesses and bring needed solutions to many of the greatest challenges facing the world. The goal of the department is to give graduates the engineering skills they need to obtain leading positions in advanced technology fields to make a better and safer world.
The MSEM faculty is committed to providing a supportive student-centered environment for its majors, who must all meet with their assigned faculty advisors for academic advisement. Call (818) 677-2167 for information about any undergraduate or graduate programs.
More than two-thirds of all engineering professionals invest a significant portion of their careers in managing and administering a wide range of technical engineering and research projects and budgets. As the engineering profession evolves, an increasing need has emerged for entry-level engineering professionals who have both a broad engineering background and the knowledge and ability to interface between the business and technical functions of organizations. Undergraduate engineering majors learn engineering fundamentals, together with the art and science of planning, organizing, allocating resources, and directing and controlling activities in technological environments.
Manufacturing Systems Engineering is a growing discipline area in the engineering profession. Four of the seven technology areas that have been identified for rapid development by the National Science Foundation—advanced manufacturing technologies, advanced materials and processing, biotechnology and healthcare delivery systems—are particularly well-suited for the talents of the manufacturing systems engineer. Employment opportunities abound in the metropolitan Los Angeles area, the leading manufacturing region in the United States.
On the job, manufacturing systems engineers develop new facilities, create computer models and images of products and processes, manage the production process, conduct productivity studies, test products and evaluate materials, troubleshoot on the factory floor and work hand in hand with design engineers. Because their background is broad and the types of work are so varied, these engineers find opportunities in fields besides manufacturing, applying their skills and knowledge in such diverse environments as hospitals, entertainment firms and consulting firms. Many manufacturing systems engineers are noted for starting their own companies or for pursuing engineering management career paths in large companies.
Although most manufacturing systems engineers are employed in private industry, others pursue careers with government agencies or educational institutions. The bachelor’s degree can be used as a stepping stone to graduate work in engineering, law, business or even medicine. Many Manufacturing Systems Engineering graduates return to CSUN to earn their M.S. degree in the Engineering Management, Manufacturing Systems Engineering or Materials Engineering programs.
The B.S. in Manufacturing Systems Engineering and the B.S. in Engineering Management programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. Please note that the B.S. in Engineering Management Technology program is not accredited by ABET and is instead accredited through CSUN’s regional accreditor, WSCUC.
Honors Cooperative Internship Program
The college offers an opportunity for highly qualified students to work in local industry throughout an entire calendar year. Students work full time during the summer and half time during the academic year. Students receive 6 units of academic credit in conjunction with this experience. The program is open to undergraduates who are nearing their senior year, have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA and have passed the Upper Division Writing Proficiency Exam. Graduate students who want to participate must have a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA. Applicants are matched to employer-supplied job descriptions and scheduled for interviews with prospective employers. The competitive nature of the program usually generates more applicants than available positions. The application period begins in early March, and the period of employment is typically from July 1 through June 30.
Clubs and Societies
- ASM International (formerly the American Society for Metals International)
- ASQ (American Society for Quality)
- Honors Co-op Program
- National Society for Black Engineers (NSBE)
- Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE)
- Society for Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
- Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME)
- Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
- Tau Beta Pi
Community Relations and Department Industrial Liaison Council
The MSEM department maintains strong relations with the community and continuously reviews its programs with students, alumni and employers of graduates. The Department Industrial Liaison Council consists of members in the professional community to ensure that the department receives a breadth of information on future engineering trends that would affect MSEM programs.
Department of Manufacturing Systems Engineering and Management
Chair: Katherine Stevenson
Jacaranda Hall (JD) 4510