Polytechnic University Graduate School

Manufacturing Competitiveness

Overview:

The Master Program in Manufacturing Competitiveness seeks to prepare professional engineers, scientists and business administrators for managerial positions and responsibilities in manufacturing organizations. The program offers the opportunity to specialize in the major manufacturing sectors of Puerto Rico, such as the pharmaceutical, quality management, and high tech sectors.

The program of study allows graduates to gain a deep knowledge in current and new manufacturing technologies, regulatory issues affecting manufacturing, decision making tools, as well as a thorough knowledge in key aspects regarding the operation and management of a high tech industry. Such knowledge will prepare them to assume important positions within manufacturing companies either in Puerto Rico, the U.S. or abroad. Professionals graduating from the Master Program in Manufacturing Competitiveness include engineers from the traditional disciplines such as industrial, electrical, mechanical and chemical engineering among other disciplines. It also includes professionals from careers in the natural science fields such as chemistry, pharmacy and biology among others. Finally, it includes professionals from the business administration and related fields such as accountants, business administrators, financial analysts, etc.

Graduate Profile:

Graduates should be able to keep abreast of the latest developments in their areas, read and analyze journal papers from their field, conduct independent research in their areas of interest (Thesis Option), write papers or technical reports, conduct technical and scientific presentations within a conference environment, and use mainstream engineering software applications.

- Admission Requirements

Students with undergraduate preparation in engineering, natural sciences or business administration are encouraged to apply for admission. Admission to the Master‟s program is based on total academic and professional achievement. Applicants must have completed his/her Bachelor's degree at an accredited university with a minimum general Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.75/4.00.

All entering students should have: a) completed a one-term course in Probability and Statistics; b) completed a one-term course in Calculus with Analytical Geometry; c) demonstrated proficiency to work with computer application programs such as electronic spreadsheets, presentation programs, and word processing.

Students with deficiencies in these prerequisites are required to take courses in these areas and earn a grade of C or better. These requirements must be fulfilled as early as possible in the student's program. Courses taken to remedy deficiencies cannot be used to fulfill course requirements for the Master's degree.

- Degree Offered

Students enrolled in the Graduate Program in Manufacturing Competitiveness may pursue their Master‟s degree according to two alternatives. The first one leads to the Master of Science (MSMfg.Comp.) degree. Through this alternative students are required to complete a thesis. The second alternative leads to the Master (MMfg.Comp.) degree. In this alternative students must prepare a design project.

Curricular Sequence

The structure and sequence of the curriculum include blocks of courses classified as Core, Area of Specialization, Elective and Thesis/Design Project. Core Courses

This block of courses provides the fundamental knowledge in current and new manufacturing technologies, decision making tools, as well as a thorough knowledge in all the aspects regarding the operation and management of high-tech manufacturing industries. The core courses total 15 credit-hours, distributed among 5 courses, 3 credit-hours each. As part of the core courses, all students must take the Business Writing and Presentation Skills Seminar. This is a 0 credit-hours seminar whose major purpose is to develop student‟s skills in preparing technical reports and making presentations using modern technology.

Areas of Specialization

Students may select from two areas of specialization: Pharmaceutical Products or Quality Management. Through these courses, students may gain fundamental knowledge in current and innovative manufacturing technologies, all pertinent regulatory aspects, as well as the profile and managerial insights of the industry in their field of area of specialization.

Elective Courses

The total number of credit-hours in elective courses varies depending on the degree and option selected. For the Master of Science degree, students must take a minimum of 3 credit-hours in elective courses. For the Master Degree with the Design Project option the minimum is 6 credit-hours in elective courses.

Thesis/Design Project

Students must select one of two options: preparing a thesis based on an applied research topic; or preparing a design project in a topic intimately related to their area of studies.

Manufacturing Competitiveness Flow Chart - PDf Format

Faculty

  • De Cárdenas, Lourdes – Lecturer III, Ph.D., Chemistry, Purdue University, 1986; B.S., Chemistry, University of Puerto Rio, Río Piedras, 1981.
  • Dávila Aponte, Edwin – Assistant Professor – Ph.D., Entrepreneurship Development, Interamerican University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, 2006; MBA Accounting, Interamerican University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, 1999; BBA., Accounting, Caribbean University, Bayamón, Puerto Rico, 1986.
  • Encarnación, Lourdes – Lecturer III, Ed.D., Education, Interamerican University, 2000; M.ED., English, University of Puerto Rico, 1980; B.A., English, University of Puerto Rico, 1977.
  • González Lizardo, Angel – Associate Professor, Director Plasma Engineering Laboratory, Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, University of Dayton, OH, 2003; M.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez,1994; B.S., Electrical Engineering, Universidad del Zulia, Venezuela, 1984.
  • González, Clara – Lecturer III, Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1997; M.S., Industrial Engineering, Texas A&M University, College Station, 1991; B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez, 1988.
  • González Miranda, Carlos – Lecturer III, Ph.D., Industrial Engineering, North Carolina State University, 1995; M.I.M.S.E., Manufacturing Systems Engineering, North Carolina State University, 1990; B.S., Industrial Engineering, University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez, 1987.
  • Jordán Conden, Zayira – Associate Professor, Ph.D., Human Computer Interaction, Iowa State University, 2010; M.A., Antropology, Iowa State University, 2004; B.A., Journalism, Iowa, State University, 2001.
  • López Bonilla, Román – Associate Professor, Ph.D., University of Bradford, England, 1990; M.S., Centro de Investigación Científica y de Educación Superior de Ensenada BC, Mexico, 1981; B.S., Electrical Engineering, Universidad de Guadalajara, Mexico, 1977.
  • Nieves, Rafael – Associate Professor, Pharm.D., Pharmacy, Nova Southeastern University, 2005; M.S., Pharmaceutical Sciences (Medicinal Chemistry), University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences, 1997; B.S., Pharmacy, University of Puerto Rico, 1993.
  • Pabón González, Miriam – Associate Professor, Dean Graduate School, Ph.D., Industrial Engineering, University of Massachusetts, Amherst 2001; P.E., 2002; M.E.M., Engineering Management, Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico, 1995; B.S., Industrial Engineering, University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez, 1990.
  • Pesante Santana, José A. – Lecturer III, Ph.D., Industrial Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1997; M.S., Industrial Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1990; B.S., Industrial Engineering, University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez, 1989.
  • Pons Fontana, Carlos – Assistant Professor, Ph.D., Psychology, Universidad Carlos Albizu, 2004; M.E.M., Engineering Management, Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico, 1994; P.E., 1989; B.S., Industrial Engineering, Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico, 1986; M.S., Psychology, Universidad Carlos Albizu, 1975; B.A., Psychology, University of Puerto Rico, 1972.
  • Rivera Cruz, Aida – Lecturer III, Ph.D., Industrial Organizational Psychology, Caribbean Center for Advanced Studies, 1991; M.S., Industrial Organizational Psychology, Caribbean Center for Advanced Studies, 1987; B.A., Business Administration, University of Puerto Rico, 1976.
  • Rodríguez Pérez, José – Lecturer III, Ph.D., Biology, University of Granada, 1989; B.S., Biology, University of Granada, 1984.
  • Torres, Edgar – Lecturer III, Ph.D., Pharmacy, University of Sciences, Philadelphia; M.E., Manufacturing Engineering, Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico, 2002; B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez, 1998.

Contact Information

Rafael Nieves, Pharm.D.
Manufacturing Competitiveness
Graduate Program Coordinator
E-mail: rnieves@pupr.edu
Phone: 787 622-8000 x. 349

Laboratories

The Industrial Engineering Department offers students the opportunity to receive hands on experience to practice the concepts and techniques learned in the classroom allowing them the best opportunity to acquire current knowledge and the expertise that industry demands. In order to fulfill this commitment, these laboratories have been designed to cover all major areas of Industrial Engineering. The Industrial Engineering Department has the following laboratory facilities on campus: Human Factors Laboratory, Methods Engineering and Work Measurement Laboratory, Operations Management Laboratory, and Software Instruction Laboratory. These laboratories have been designed to perform a wide range of experiments in each of the areas of interest.

Human Factors Laboratory - This laboratory was designed to provide students the opportunity to carry out practical experiments concerning anthropometry, noise and illumination, work-station design, manual material handling, biomechanics and other areas of human performance evaluation and machine-human interactions for the workstation design. The laboratory includes adjustable workstations, ergonomic equipment, soundproof cabins, sound level meters, light meters, goniometers and push/pull gauges.

Methods Engineering and Work Measurement Laboratory - This laboratory was designed to provide students the opportunity to carry out practical experiments concerning motion and time studies techniques (Stopwatch, Work Sampling and Predetermined Time), workstation design, method improvement, performance rating, allowance factor and learning curve. The laboratory includes Time Study equipment such as: Stopwatch, Random Reminder, MTM equipment and tables, assembly‟s parts and computer to download manufacturing assemblies and for the utilization of statistical software for time-study data analysis and design software for workstation improvements.

Operations Management Laboratory - This laboratory consists of a Windows 2000 network with twenty (20) Intel Pentium III personal computers for student use. This network offers the student the opportunity to access specialized software to tackle manufacturing problems. This laboratory has the equipment and software required to develop the system analysis, solutions development and decision-making skills in our students. The hardware available in this laboratory includes twenty personal computers, and a laser printer. The software in the network includes AutoCAD 2002, Statgraphics Plus for Windows, Witness Simulation software, FactoryCad and FactoryFlow, Microsoft Project, Power Point, Word, Excel, Microsoft Visio and other relevant software.

Software Instruction Laboratory - This laboratory is a state-of-the-art facility. It provides seating for 20 students and has been designed specially for teaching purposes. This room is also equipped with computer lab instruction software to provide one-on-one instruction. It consists of a Microsoft 2000 network with twenty Gateway Pentium IV personal computers and a LCD projector. This network offers the faculty the opportunity to teach software-related courses in order to solve manufacturing problems. The different software available in the network includes Statgraphics plus for windows, Witness and Arena simulation Software, Microsoft Project, MS Visio and other relevant software.