About

The Department of Engineering Design, Manufacturing and Management Systems has 18 tenured and tenure-track faculty, and over 260 students at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral level. There are three undergraduate degrees, one master’s degree and one doctorate offered. The degrees are:

Undergraduate Degrees

  • B.S.—Engineering Design Technology
  • B.S.—Engineering Management Technology
  • B.S.—Manufacturing Engineering Technology

Master's Degree

  • M.S.—Manufacturing Engineering

Doctor of Philosophy

  • Ph.D.—Engineering and Applied Sciences

The master’s degree is offered at the Parkview Campus in Kalamazoo as well as in Grand Rapids. All graduate classes are taught by tenured and tenure-track faculty. 

All of our undergraduate degrees are accredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission of Accrediting Board of Engineering and Technology.

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All of our degrees are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a commission of the North Central Association.

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The Engineering Design, Manufacturing and Management Systems Department

One of nine academic departments in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the College has programs in engineering, engineering technology, and applied sciences. In the Fall of 2003, the college moved into a new $100 million, 270-acre engineering campus. This site includes a new 343,000 square foot engineering complex and a Business Technology and Research Park.

Business Technology Research Park

In just over 10 years, more than 50 private-sector businesses have been attracted to WMU’s BTR Park. Over 1,400 direct and indirect jobs have been retained and created. Of these businesses, eight have constructed their own facilities in the BTR Park.

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History

The EDMMS department is a direct descendant of the Department of Manual Arts, which held its first classes in the fall of 1904. In 1995, the Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Department was formed to merge the Industrial Engineering Department with the manufacturing components of the Department of Engineering Technology. In 2014, the EDMMS department was spun off from the Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Department to allow faculty and students to focus on a common theme, the application of technology to the design, manufacturing and management systems.