What is the IMSE Institute (IMSEI?

The desire to improve manufacturing productivity combined with increased world market competition has created a need for improved manufacturing engineering systems. The Integrated Manufacturing Systems Engineering Institute (IMSEI) at North Carolina State University has taken a lead in addressing this challenge. By integrating academic and industry people, resources and ideas, IMSEI has created an institute that provides state-of-the-art manufacturing systems, research and education.

The IMSE Institute’s specific mission is to:

  • Provide multi-disciplinary graduate-level education and practical training opportunities in the theory and practice of integrated manufacturing systems engineering at the master’s degree level.
  • Bring university and industry expertise and interests together to conduct basic and applied research leading to the development of advanced modern manufacturing system technology.
  • Advance the application of modern manufacturing technology through interactive technology transfer often via internships between university research and industrial applications.

The IMSEI program is unique in that it makes use of faculty, course offerings, and laboratory facilities within the traditional engineering, computer science, business, textiles, and other departments to offer an independent master’s degree, authorized to be awarded by the faculty who associate with and participate in the activities supported by the IMSE Institute. A further unique feature of the program is that some of the funds that support the program come from annual membership fees provided by a consortium of industrial sponsors and service contract agreements with North Carolina industry. The program is designed to help students:

  • appreciate how different relevant classical disciplines make an impact on manufacturing systems engineering;
  • gain specific knowledge and develop special skills in areas of modern manufacturing technology; and
  • apply their knowledge in a current research and/or applications problem in manufacturing systems, often during an internship.