Executive Director’s Welcome

Matt O’Keefe, PhD Executive DirectorSince CME’s inception, a core belief has been that people are the greatest resource of any organization. With this belief as a guidepost, CME’s purpose is to develop great students into great people who are problem solvers and critical thinkers and who aspire to make things that make the world a better place.

This is accomplished by bringing together a select group of diverse students in a collaborative learning environment designed to replicate the real work world of modern manufacturing. Most CME students begin their CME journey in their freshman year, with limited second year entry also available. They 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, 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 unique 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 workplace skill sets 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 path that best suits their 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.

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Matt O’Keefe, PhD
Executive Director

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