New additive manufacturing and design master's degrees to be offered in fall 2017

Residential and online master’s degrees will be offered.

April 7, 2017 

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – In response to industry demand for experts in the rapidly expanding field of additive manufacturing, Penn State will offer residential and online master’s degrees in Additive Manufacturing and Design beginning in fall 2017.

The residential MSAMD and online MEngAMD degrees are 30-credit degrees offered to graduate students to provide the analytical and practical skills required to digitally design, develop, analyze, numerically model, optimize, fabricate, and inspect new components and subassemblies using additive manufacturing technologies. 

“The faculty involved in delivering these courses at Penn State, which span five departments and two colleges – mechanical, industrial, engineering science, engineering design, and materials science – are anxious to advance the education of new graduates as well as practicing engineers in the rapidly expanding field of additive manufacturing.  In developing this degree program, we included design for additive, based on the strong guidance from our industry friends. Industry wants to make sure engineers think differently about designs to capitalize on the opportunities that additive manufacturing allows,” said Karen Thole, department head of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering, where the degrees will be housed.

The program will integrate graduate coursework across multiple departments and colleges at Penn State and provide unique hands-on experiences for both resident and online students in all aspects of the additive manufacturing process. All students enrolled in the program, whether resident at University Park campus or online, will be required to spend time on site, working in Penn State’s state-of-the-art additive manufacturing laboratory, the Center for Innovative Materials Processing through Direct Digital Deposition (CIMP-3D).

Tim Simpson, Paul Morrow Professor of Engineering Design and Manufacturing and co-director of CIMP-3D will serve as director of new program.

“We are excited to launch the first multidisciplinary graduate-level program in Additive Manufacturing & Design in the country, and in the world as far as we can tell.  It has been great working with all five departments to establish this program based on coursework and hands-on labs that we have been offering for nearly five years now,” Simpson said.

Our programs will prepare students to:

  • Apply foundational knowledge, critical thinking, problem solving, and creativity in the uses of additive manufacturing and associated design tools and methods.
  • Grow as leaders in manufacturing while maintaining the highest ethical standards in applying additive manufacturing to industry-relevant problems and design challenges.
  • Strive for the advancement of the state-of-art in additive manufacturing and design.
  • Develop innovative solutions through new design paradigms in their respective industries. 

“Feedback from industry leaders in the field has been overwhelmingly positive, particularly with our focus and emphasis on design.  Everything we make today was designed to be made with traditional manufacturing processes such as casting, machining, forging. The real power and potential for 3D printing technologies is only achieved when you design things to be additively manufactured,” Simpson said.

Penn State is working to quickly ready materials and processes so that applications can be accepted. Stay tuned for updates coming soon on how to apply for these exciting new degrees.