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Learn to lead in a manufacturing environment An interdisciplinary graduate program offered online and weekends

Faculty and Alumni

Students in the Master of Manufacturing Management program have access to the members of two exceptional faculties: the School of Engineering and the Black School of Business. Faculty members have engineering or corporate experience in nearly every part of the industrial world. Read more about their teaching and interests:

MMM Program Directors Dipo Onipede, Ph.D., UCLA. Research interests in machine design, mechanical vibration, engineering design, structural vibration, coupled field analysis. Professional interest in improving engineering education to make it more applied, relevant, and engaging to students.

Diane H. Parente, Ph.D., SUNY Buffalo. Interdisciplinary research, business and engineering issues, functional strategy. Recipient of teaching awards at Penn State and SUNY Buffalo for both online and traditional instruction. She has worked in manufacturing, banking, and insurance, most recently as international business manager for Oxychem.

School of Engineering Faculty Omar Ashour, Ph.D., Penn State. Product design, specification, and measurement, machining process design and analysis, stochastic models in operations research, engineering economy, simulation modeling, applied decision analysis to solve problems in manufacturing and healthcare systems. Data collection and statistical analysis for improvement of engineering education.

Faisal Aqlan, Ph.D., SUNY Binghamton. Logistics and supply chain, system simulation, process improvement, ergonomics. IBM Lean Silver and ASQ Six Sigma Black Belt certifications. President of the Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE) Logistics and Supply Chain Division and co-founder of IISE’s Modeling and Simulation Division.

Yuan-Han Huang, Ph.D., Clemson University. Work design, human factors engineering, statistical methods in engineering. Uses human factors and ergonomics methodology to investigate the evolution of medical professionals’ workflow in inpatient, outpatient, and long-term healthcare settings relative to their use of new technology and communication strategies.

Philip Jones, M.S., Case Western Reserve University. Licensed Professional Engineer. Product design, manufacturing engineering, lean manufacturing, engineering management. Industrial experience at General Electric Transportation, Morrison Knudsen, Atchison Steel Castings, and LORD Corporation.

Dean Lewis, M.S., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Engineering mechanics, engineering design, computer-aided engineering, machine design, design and testing of bearings, assembly of plastic housings with attachment features, engineering education.

Paul C. Lynch, Ph.D., Penn State. Optimization of properties and processing for high-strength steels, modeling micro-segregation reduction in high-strength steels, acoustic refinement of aluminum-silicon alloys and cast iron, dimensional capabilities of investment casting, engineering education research.

Chetan Nikhare, Ph.D., Deakin University, Australia. Numerical simulation of sheet metal and bulk forming in various deformation modes, fatigue, fracture, hydroforming, DRX model-

ing, mircoforming, multi-scale modeling, analytical modeling of material mechanics and processes. He is a reviewer for ASME’s Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering and the International Journal of Material Forming.

Ihab Ragai, Ph.D., McGill University. Advanced manufacturing processes, finite element simulation, material constitutive modeling, stress analysis, and design of aerospace and automotive components and systems. Board director for the North American Manufacturing Research Institution (NAMRI/SME) and an associate editor of the Journal of Manufacturing Research.

Shannon Sweeney, M.S., Case Western Reserve University. Materials testing, industrial statics, vibration analysis. Twelve years of industry experience in quality engineering and product design. American Society for Quality Certified Quality Engineer and Licensed Professional Engineer.

Black School of Business Faculty Randy Brown, M.S., Ohio State. Cross-functional work teams, healthcare work teams, functional and business-level strategy, business simulations. Industry experience in small business consulting, commercial and investment real estate, syndication, development, and property management.

Ozgun Caliskan-Demirag, Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology. Supply chain management, revenue and promotions management, applications of game theory, design and analysis of transportation and logistics systems, management of decentralized logistics and business systems. Previously taught and researched simulation, engineering economics, and design of distribution systems at The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Yohannes Haile, Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University. Innovation, new product and process development, advanced manufacturing methods, systems engineering, controls engineering, energy engineering, quantitative methods, new business development, sustainable systems design, entrepreneurship, strategic management, cyber-physical-biological systems.

Carol Putman, M.B.A., Penn State. Research and teaching interests include project management, statistics for business decisions, and operations management. Industry experience in paper manufacturing and research and development.

Gary R. Smith, M.B.A., Gannon University. Supply chain management, process improvement, lean manufacturing, change management, project management, foreign trade zones, ERP implementation.

Matthew E. Swinarski, Ph.D., SUNY Buffalo. Information systems and technology, IT outsourcing and service provider capabilities, IT service contact and relationship management, IT service-level agreements. His research on information systems and technology outsourcing has been funded by the National Science Foundation.

I liked that this was a management program based on engineering. The Manufacturing Systems Planning and Control courses opened my eyes to EOQ, the economic order quantity, and how it can be used to make decisions when purchasing materials. I learned the essentials of the business side to better understand net present value, income statements, and how the data can support making sound financial decisions. CHRIS SCHRECK ’16 TOOLING DIVISION MANAGER, SAMTEC INC., ERIE, PENNSYLVANIA

Any company needs to be profitable, and when you’re working on the manufacturing side of things, you may have a very narrow view of what you need to get done. But there are ultimate goals for the company, things that your bosses and your bosses’ bosses really want to see happen. The MMM gives you a better idea of how to meet those goals. One of the courses we took was specifically about materials and industrial processes. What that helped me to apply immediately was designing for profitability—understanding what the processes were going to be after I designed something, and designing for those processes. It was really helpful to learn something in class one day, and the next day I was back at work and could apply it that day. DAVID EXLER ’17 MECHANICAL SECTION LEADER, ERIE PRESS SYSTEMS, ERIE, PENNSYLVANIA

The MMM is a great program for a wide variety of people looking to further their career in manufacturing. In my graduating class alone, we had students coming straight from their undergraduate studies, young engineers looking to climb the ladder, and experienced engineers hoping to more effectively manage not only their production units but also their employees. The diverse backgrounds of these individuals ranged from industries including transportation, aerospace, electronics, and even food. The discussions around the curriculum with this group added a considerable amount to the teaching topics. The faculty at Behrend are able to make the courses very applied to the real-time needs of the students. The lectures, assignments, and case studies are designed such that students can take what they learn in class today and apply it to their job tomorrow. There is a great practicality to the material being conveyed to MMM students. ANNIE GOHN ’16 RESEARCHER, PENN STATE

There are multiple things you get out of this program and degree. The first and foremost are tools like Lean manufacturing, Six Sigma principles, production planning, and specific engineering and management skills. These are tools you can use immediately in a manufacturing environment, and tools that employers are looking for. You also get a strong understanding of why these tools are valuable, and what the overall strategic goals of a manufacturing operation are. On the slightly softer side, you also learn many communication skills. I came into the program wanting more than anything in the world to run a manufacturing operation, which I now do. What I got most from the program was the ability to be fully focused on and engaged in what it takes to run a successful manufacturing operation. JASON WILBURN ’00 PRESIDENT, FOERSTER INSTRUMENTS INC., PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA

If you have questions about MMM admissions, pre-enrollment competencies, or GMAT/GRE waivers, email

To give working professionals ultimate flexibility, the MMM is offered in a convenient format of online learning and one Friday-Saturday campus visit at Penn State Behrend per course plus a three-day summer residency for plant visits. The degree can be completed in twenty-two months of part-time study.

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Faculty and Alumni of the MMM at Penn State Behrend  

A brochure providing information on faculty and alumni of Penn State Behrend's Master of Manufacturing Management (MMM) program.

Faculty and Alumni of the MMM at Penn State Behrend  

A brochure providing information on faculty and alumni of Penn State Behrend's Master of Manufacturing Management (MMM) program.