UTEP’s Department of Mechanical Engineering is now offering a graduate certificate in 3-D engineering and additive manufacturing. The program, starting in fall 2017, supplements existing graduate degrees or can be a standalone certificate for a professional engineer wishing to expand his or her résumé.
“Additive manufacturing (3-D printing technology) is being used throughout industry at an accelerating pace,” said Ryan Wicker, Ph.D., director and founder of UTEP’s W.M. Keck Center for 3D Innovation and professor of mechanical engineering. “As many universities acquire 3-D printers and expose these technologies to students, a growing number of university graduates are entering the workforce with some level of 3-D printing knowledge. However, to take full advantage of the opportunities available to design new, innovative products using 3-D printing, specific engineering knowledge and skills are required in the workforce to make this happen, not only for university graduates but current engineering professionals as well. The new certificate was created to satisfy these needs.”