Program Overview


The University of New Mexico (UNM) Manufacturing Engineering Program (MEP), a multidisciplinary graduate-level program within the School of Engineering (SOE), offers the degree of Master of Engineering in Manufacturing Engineering (MEME).  The MEME degree supports concentrations in Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM, 33 hrs), Mechanical and Equipment Manufacturing (MEM, 33 hrs), and Semiconductor and Microsystems Manufacturing (SMM, 31 hrs).  Although a research thesis is an option, MEP students typically elect to do a manufacturing project with industry, or they take the course-only plan. The three-month Industrial Internship is no longer rrequired, however, it is enouraged to gain manufacturiing experience.

 The MEP core curriculum utilizes two MBA-level courses provided by the UNM Anderson Schools of Management (ASM) that cover managerial economics (MGMT-504) and managing people in organizations (MGMT-506). The SMM concentration has a special core that covers semiconductor and microelectronics design and processing, and factory design and operations. The various curricula are listed under the Curricula site button.

Also, the UNM MEP and ASM offer a dual-degree program leading to a MEME degree and an M.B.A. (MEME/MBA plan).   The curricula for this degree is listed under the Curricula site button.


Manufacturing Engineering Students, although allowed to pursue a Thesis (Plan I), typically opt for a Project (Plan II) in conjunction with an industry partner, or they take Plan III (course only; no Thesis; no Project). Companies that have supported student masters projects are listed below.

The steps needed to execute a Project are listed within the Committee on Studies (COS) section.



Manufacturing Engineering students are no longer expected to complete a minimum of three months (520 hours) of internship work in a manufacturing setting, prior to admission.  However, they are still recommended in order to gain manufacturing experience. Companies that have supported the internship experience are listed below.


The UNM Graduate Student cost for tuition and housing is illustrated at the graduate COA.


The MEP has a limited number of industrial fellowships for qualified students. The MEP and associated faculty also have research projects in a number of areas for which research assistantships (RA’s), project assistantships (PA’s), and/or tuition support are sometimes available. The MEP also assists students in seeking industrial support for internships, co-ops, and projects.



Recent recipients of master's degrees from the Manufacturing Engineering Program have found employment in a wide variety of manufacturing firms such as Eithicon, Ford, General Motors, Heel Biothaputics, IBM, Intel, Motorola, National Semiconductors, NEFAB, Philips Semiconductors, Pony Pak, Samsung and Ventana Medical Systems.



UNM was established in 1889 and is situated on 600 acres in the center of metropolitan Albuquerque. UNM is a Carnegie Doctoral/Research University - Extensive. The resources of the University and its proximity to Sandia National Laboratories, Phillips Air Force Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and numerous high-tech start-up and manufacturing companies provide an excellent environment for advanced studies and research.

The University of New Mexico is the largest university in the state, with more than 26,000 students. The School of Engieering has 1,532 undergraduate students, and 644 graduate students, of whom 62% are masters candidates and 38% are doctoral candidates. Women constitute 19% of the graduate engineering enrollment. About half of the engineering graduate students are studying on a half-time basis.



From 1988 to the present, the UNM Manufacturing Engineering Program has received generous support from industry in a variety of forms, including:

General Support: AT&T, GM, Intel

Industry Fellowships: ABQ Journal, BDM, Ethicon, GM, Honeywell, Intel, Motorola, Philips Semiconductor, Riotech

Targeted Support (building funds): Trend Plastics

Internships and Co-Ops: Aerospace Composite Structures, CAD Drafting, Cell Robotics, CVI Laser, DEC, Dow, Environmental Robotics, Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Ford, Formulab, GM, Heel Biotherapeutics, Honeywell, Industry Network Corp, Intel, Laguna Industries, Lockheed-Martin Aeronautical Systems, Merillat, MCT Industries, NEFAB, New Mexico Manufacturing Extension Partnership, Optomec, Permacharge, Philips Semiconductors, Sandia National Labs, Scientific Dimensions, and Thomas and Betts.

Master’s Projects: ABQ Manufacturing, Aerospace Composite Structures, American Gypsum, Cell Robotics, CTS, CVI Laser, Eclipse Aviation, Elastimold, Emcore, Envirco, Ernest Thompson Furniture, Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Ford, Formulab, Freescale, General Motors, Heel Biotherapeutics, Honeywell, Hughes, Insight Lighting, Intel, LANL/Bechtel, Lockheed Martin, Merillat, Motorola, NEFAB, New Mexico Manufacturing Extension Partnership, Permacharge, Philips Semiconductors, Robinson and Robinson, Sacred Power, Sandia National Labs, Santa Fe Doors, Scientific Dimensions, Sun Country Industries, SVS, Thomas and Betts, UniRac, VeriTran, Wavefront Sciences, Windsor Foods and 3D Glass Solutions.

Lectures: AB Ventures, Allshouse & Winter, AMD, AMMPEC, Barks & Assoc, Cell Robotics, Ford Microelectronics, Hewlett-Packard, Honeywell Microswitch, IBM, Intel, MITI, Nanopore, Parmacharge, PHDx Systems, Quartro, SEMTATECH, Silicon Microdevices Inc., Sunpower Inc., SW Medical Ventures, Tandem, Texas Instruments, TVC, Tyco Ventures, Philips S/C, SNL, LANL, INEL, PNL, ORNL

Panels (MOT): Alliance for Transportation Research, GM, Intel, Motorola, US West, Sunwest, Toyota

Tours: ABQ J, American Gypsum, Amity, Bueno, Centex, Creamland, CTS, Eclipse Aviation, Elastimold, Envirico, Ethicon, GE, Honeywell, Intel, Karsten Homes, Levis, Pharmacia, Philips S/C, Motorola, Ernest Thompson, Rio Grande Cement, Shube's, Sumitomo Sitix and Silmax, Sunsoft, Tempur-Pedic.

Curriculum Development: AMD, Ethicon, Intel, Motorola, Philips S/C                       

Equipment: AT&T, DEC, Envirco, Ethicon, GE, Intel, Philips S/C, Hallmark, Honeywell, Humphrey, Next Generation Economy, Phillips Lab, SNL, TRW.

The above support does not imply endorsement of the UNM MEP by contributing companies.

Links of interest to Manufacturing Engineering Students:

Management of Technology (ASM) 

Correspondence and Information

Director, Manufacturing Engineering Program
MTTC Bldg, Suite 175
800 Bradbury Drive, S.E.
Albuquerque NM 87106
phone: 505-272-7000
fax: 505-272-7152