Executive Director’s Welcome

The Haley Barbour Center for Manufacturing Excellence (CME) was founded on the concept that people are the greatest resource of any organization.  As such, the fundamental purpose of the program is focused toward developing servant-leaders for the manufacturing industry.  This mission is accomplished through our innovative educational programs, extension services, and economic development initiatives.

CME students are engaged in one of the most unique undergraduate programs in the nation.  The philosophical foundation of the coursework rests upon the lean manufacturing approach, which places a focus on respect for people and continuous improvement.  Our innovative instructional designs rely upon an interdisciplinary, experiential methodology.  This is accomplished by bringing together a select group of diverse students in a collaborative learning environment designed to replicate the practical challenges of modern manufacturing. CME members take both academic and hands-on courses that teach the principles of accountancy, engineering, business, communication, and continuous improvement through the lens of manufacturing. Upon completion of the program, CME students are awarded a minor or emphasis in manufacturing in addition to their major degree of study.

Our LEED-certified facility includes a 12,000-square-foot manufacturing floor where students learn the importance of safety in the industrial environment, the value of teamwork, and how to turn their ideas into tangible products.

Beyond the classroom, we cultivate future leaders by immersing students in enriching educational opportunities with industry partners through internships, co-ops, and experiential learning courses held at manufacturing facilities. Through these programs, the value of teamwork, problem-solving, and critical thinking are reinforced as students develop the essential professional skills needed for 21st century careers.

Our accomplished faculty and instructional team possess many years of academic and manufacturing experience. Their focus is sharing their extensive body of knowledge with students as they assist them in discovering the career paths that best suit our student’s interests, talents, and passions.

With a job placement rate consistently at or near 100%, we know that our graduates leave the CME with the academic knowledge and industry experience needed to embark on a successful career in advanced manufacturing.

Again, thank you for your interest in CME. We encourage you to contact us to explore where a career in manufacturing might take you.

Hotty Toddy!
Scott Kilpatrick, PhD
Executive Director