MEM is an independent academic program that belongs to both the School of Engineering and the School of Business. The students majoring in MEM graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree conferred by both the School of Engineering and the School of Business.

Author: Supply Chain Management Course Offered for Fall 2021

Supply Chain Management (LinkedIn)

For the last several years, in the Management and Engineering for Manufacturing program, more and more of our graduates are finding jobs related to supply chain management. With the evolving nature of manufacturing and industry in the United States, it’s really no wonder.

Supply chain management is defined as the process of managing the movement of goods and services from suppliers, as raw materials, and to end users, as finished goods, in an efficient and effective way. Careers in supply chain management can take the role of sourcing, negotiating, contracting, purchasing, logistics, product design and development, inventory control, distribution and more.

The world is getting smaller, but that doesn’t mean that managing the supply chain for manufacturers is getting any easier. In fact, while the world has become more and more accessible with parts of the supply chain traveling around the world in record time, we know it is necessary to produce graduates ready to enter manufacturing in this field, and to bring with them the skills and the creativity needed to expedite the segments of production and access to supplies.

Craig CalvertThat is why, Dr. Calvert, professor in the School of Business and the co-director of MEM, is developing a course for students interested in supply chain management as a career.

“This course will examine the supply chain from a practical perspective.” Calvert said. “Class time will focus on active discussions and case analysis over the lecture format.”

The topics, including sales, materials management, logistics, and transportation, and will include real-world examples from the professor’s own professional experience.

In addition, external experts such as former MEM and School of Business students, now employed at Unilever, will discuss how supply chain management is performed at their company. Other guest lecturers in the field will include an independent consultant with more than 30-years of experience in the field.

Supply Chain Management, OPIM 4895, will be offered Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:00 to 12:15 pm.

Supply chain management is an exciting business and engineering field, perfect for MEM students, as well as other engineering and business students as they consider the future of manufacturing leadership in the United States.

Author: Timely Course on Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Offered

The advent of COVID-19 and the fast-tracked vaccine to prevent it has everyone talking. It is exciting when a vaccination can be developed, tested and produced at the pace at which the COVID-19 vaccine was generated. The world was waiting and the pharmaceutical industry answered. The question remains: what really is entailed in bringing a new vaccine to market and manufacturing enough supply for the whole world in a matter of months?

Professor Emadi’s course, Bio-Manufacturing: Pharmaceutical Processes, helps answer some of those questions and will serve as a foundational course in the engineering of these manufacturing processes for students who now may be considering the rapidly growing pharmaceutical manufacturing industry.

This compelling course, which is offered in Spring 2021, will give students a background in the fundamentals of biology and chemistry in engineering, allow them to examine case studies in pharmaceutical and vaccine manufacturing, and gain an understanding of key phrases in the process of drug manufacturing from bench to bottle.

Students will also learn the difference between conventional and biologics drugs, and gain an understanding of bioprocessing and bio-manufacturing as well as the main technologies used in the biopharmaceutical industry.

Students will gain:

  • fundamentals of biology and chemistry in engineering
  • examine case studies in pharmaceutical and vaccine manufacturing
  • understand key phrases in the process of drug manufacturing from bench to bottle
  • differentiate between conventional and biologics drugs
  • understand bioprocessing and bio-manufacturing, and technologies used in the industry

Bio-Manufacturing: Pharmaceutical Processes, is listed under the course numbers MEM 3295 and BME 4985 and will be offered Tuesday/Thursday at 12:30-1:45 PM. Students who are interested in bio-manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, and those who want to gain more experience with biology and chemistry for engineering are encouraged to enroll.

Professor Emadi’s current focus is molecular, biochemical, and cell biology with an emphasis on the application and development of antibody phage display, protein engineering and cell-based assay. Her past work includes the bio production, the purification and the characterization of self-assembling peptide nanoparticles (SAPNs) as a novel immunogenic design of the Malaria and Influenza vaccine; the development of recombinant antibodies for the diagnosis and treatment of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s; the mechanisms of megakaryocytopoiesis dysregulation in myeloproliferative syndrome. She is an Assistant Professor in Residence with the Biomedical Engineering Department and also teaches with the Management and Engineering for Manufacturing (MEM) program.

Author: Frank Cunha

Office: Engineering II, Room 312
Phone: (860) 881-0743


Frank J. Cunha, Ph.D., P.E.

Management for Engineering and Manufacturing, MEM,

Mechanical Engineering, ME,  Departments                         


Ph. D., P.E., Mechanical Engineering, New York University.

Focus Area:

Manufacturing Processes, Turbomachinery Design Development, Advanced Thermodynamics, Energy Systems, Solid Mechanics, Fracture Mechanics and Fatigue, Fluid Dynamics, Advanced Heat Transfer.


Professor-in-Residence, MEM and ME Departments 2019, United Technologies Pratt-Whitney Nov 1999 – March 2015 and April 1998 – Oct 1998 Development Leader for design of military and commercial aircraft engines, turbines, combustors and afterburners over 100 US patents, Siemens-Westinghouse Corporation  Oct 1998 – Nov 1999 and March 1997 – April 1998 Principal Engineer development of land-based gas turbines 2 patents, General Electric Company January 1990 – Oct 1996 and June 1979 – Dec 1980 Edison and Staff Engineer responsible for the development of  heavy-duty gas turbines 14 patents, Public Service Electric and Gas Company March 1981 – August 1989 Electrical Power Generation Staff Engineer.

Selected Publications:

Cunha, F.J., Gas Turbine Heat Transfer, Turbine Aerodynamics, Heat Transfer, Materials and Mechanics, Progress and Astronautics and Aeronautics, Vol. 243, ISBN-13: 978-1624102639.

Cunha, F.J., Turbine Heat Transfer Analysis, Gas Turbine Handbook, United States Department of Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory.

Cunha, F.J., Trailing Edge Cooling for Gas Turbines, Special Section on Turbine Science and Technology, AIAA Journal of Propulsion and Power.

Cunha, F.J., Integrated High Performance Turbine Engine Technologies VII “Turbine Edge Cooling, United States Air Force, Air Force Material Command, Aeronautical Systems Center, Wright Patterson Air Force Research Laboratory.

Cunha, F.J., Enhanced Turbine Airfoil Lifing for Long Hot Missions, United States Air Force, Air Force Material Command, Aeronautical Systems Center, Wright Patterson Air Force Research Laboratory.

“Heat Transfer on Internal Surfaces of a Duct Subjected to Impingement of a Jet Array with Varying Jet Hole-Size and Spacing”, Journal of Turbomachinery, Vol.128.

“Effects of Coating Blockage and Deposit on Film-Cooling Effectiveness and Surface Heat Transfer”, AIAA 2006-0024.

Thermal-Mechanical Life Prediction System for Anisotropic Turbine Components Journal of Turbomachinery, TURBO-05-1110.

“Measured Adiabatic Effectiveness and Heat Transfer for Blowing from Tip of a Turbine Blade”, Journal of Turbomachinery, TURBO-04-1094, Vol. 125.

“Cooling the Tip of a Turbine Blade Using Pressure Side Holes – Part 1: Film Effectiveness”, Journal of Turbomachinery, TURBO-04-1095, Vol. 125.

“Cooling the Tip of a Turbine Blade Using Pressure Side Holes – Part 2: Heat Transfer Measurements”, Journal of Turbomachinery, TURBO-04-1096, Vol. 125.

“Comparison of Measurements and Predictions for Blowing from Turbine Blade Tip”, AIAA Journal of Propulsion and Power, Vol. 21.

“Adiabatic Effectiveness Measurements and Predictions of Leakage Flows on a Blade End-wall”, Journal of Turbomachinery, TURBO-04-1164.

“Inverse-BEM, Method to Determine Surface Temperatures at Inaccessible Surfaces” ASME.

Selected Patents:

  1. US 5,253,976, “Integrated Steam and Air Cooling for Combined Cycle Gas Turbines”.
  2. US 8,131,285, “RMC-Defined Tip Blowing Slots for Turbine Blades”.
  3. US 5,636,439, “Methods for Coating and Securing Multi-Vane Nozzle Segments”.
  4. US 9,322,560, “Combustor Bulkhead Assembly”.
  5. US 8,713,909, “Elimination of Unfavorable Outflow Margin”.
  6. US 7,988,418, “Microcircuits for Small Engines”.
  7. US 7,866,370, “Blades, Casting Cores and Methods”.
  8. US 7,686,580, “Turbine Element”.
  9. US 7,581,928, “Serpentine Microcircuits for Hot Gas Migration”.
  10. US 20140327056A1, ”Gas Turbine Engine Combustor”.


Author: Dr. Liang Zhang

Office: ITE 333
Phone: (860) 486-4462

New Engineering faculty portraits – Liang Zhang

About: Dr. Zhang received his BS and MS from Tsinghua University in China. He received his PhD from the University of Michigan.

Dr Zhang’s research interests are: modeling, analysis, continuous improvement, design, control, and energy efficient operations of manufacturing and service systems; Mathematical modeling and analysis of battery systems.

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Author: Dr. Hongyi Xu

Office: UTEB 354
Phone: (860) 486-2855

Curriculum Vitae


Dr. Xu received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Northeastern University, China (2008), M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Tsinghua University, China (2010), and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Northwestern University, USA (2014). Prior to joining UConn, Dr. Xu was a research engineer in Ford Research and Advanced Engineering, Dearborn, Michigan (2014-2019).

Dr. Xu joined University of Connecticut in February 2019 as Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. His research focuses on developing design optimization and uncertainty quantification methods for integrated manufacturing-material-structure design. His research interests also include Design for Additive Manufacturing (DfAM) and data mining-enhanced multi-disciplinary optimization of mechanical products.

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Author: Dr. Diane Van Scoter

Office: Engineering II, room 315
Phone: (860) 486-0415


Dr. Van Scoter earned a BS and MS in Ceramic Engineering from the University of Washington – Seattle, an MS in Operations Research from the Colorado School of Mines, and a PhD in Industrial Engineering from Oregon State University.

Dr. Van Scoter is an Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering. She served as the Co-Director of the Management and Engineering for Manufacturing (MEM) program for three years, completing her appointment in May 2016 and tripling student enrollment in the program.

Dr. Van Scoter has over twenty years of diverse industry experience, ranging from manufacturing at Boeing Commercial, work in quality and process improvement at an international logistics company and U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) in space optics, space survive-ability, and technology transfer. She has been both a technical and management consultant. Her work as a senior management consultant for Deloitte focused on improving operational and cost efficiency for U.S. and international companies and governments.  As a senior technical consultant, she supported D.O.D. space optics and presented papers at International conferences on the dangers of space debris to spacecraft.

Her research field and applications include industrial engineering, process improvement, and studying the impact of contextual factors in STEM education. She has striven to injected real world examples and expectations into the junior and senior curriculum to better prepare students for employment requirements. Since arriving at the University of Connecticut in 2012, she was a champion of the MEM program, updating the program to reflect 21st century industry needs and standards, better serving UConn students, the university, employers, and the engineering profession.


Author: Dr. Lakshman Thakur

Office: BUSN 384
Phone: (860) 486-2581

About: Dr. Thakur earned his BS from Bombay University, Bombay, India, and his MS and Eng. Sc.D, from Columbia University.

Dr. Thakur’s areas of expertise are: development and applications of linear, nonlinear, and integer programming methods in management science and function approximations in optimization mathematics.

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Author: Dr. Jiong Tang

Dr. Jiong Tang (Co-Director of MEM)

Office: UTEB 452
Phone: (860) 486-5911

Curriculum Vitae

Jiong Tang PortraitAbout

Dr. Tang received his B.S. and M.S. in Applied Mechanics from Fudan University, China, in 1989 and 1992, and his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Penn State in 2001. From 1992 to 1995 he served as Lecturer at Fudan University in Applied Mechanics. Prior to joining UConn, Dr. Tang was a staff engineer at GE Corporate Research Center, Niskayuna, New York.

Dr. Tang joined the Mechanical Engineering Department in 2002. His current research interests are structural dynamics and system dynamics, active and passive structural controls, structural health monitoring/diagnosis, smart materials and mechatronics, and large-scale analysis of complex dynamic systems. His research projects are interdisciplinary, encompassing multi-physics modeling and analysis, electro-mechanical integration, and sensing/actuation development and signal processing. Dr. Tang’s research has been supported by federal agencies such as NSF and also by industries. While fundamental studies are being pursued in his lab to explore paradigm change in the structure and system dynamics area, research is also being carried out to implement the new findings to practical platforms such as aero-engines and fuel cells.

Dr. Tang was appointed as Co-Director of the Management and Engineering for Manufacturing (MEM) program in May 2016.

For more information about Dr. Tang, please visit this page: Structure and System Dynamics Research Laboratory

Author: Dr. Mousumi Roy, P.E.

Office: Engineering II, room 313
Phone: (860) 486-0678

Mousumi Roy on Sept. 3, 2015. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)

About: Dr. Roy earned her BS from Jadavpur University, India, MS from The Cooper Union, NY, and her Doctoral degree from Columbia University.

She has over 15 years of experiences working in reputed consulting firms such as Weidlinger Associates, BA&C, and WBCM in Massachusetts, New Jersey and Maryland. Her work involved analyzing, designing, and supervising construction of various types of existing and new buildings, bridges and other structures.

Author: Dr. Manuel Nunez

Office: BUSN 370
Phone: (860) 486-1333

About: Dr. Nunez earned his BS from the University of Costa Rica. his MS from Stanford University and his PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Dr Nunez’ areas of expertise are convex optimization, combinatorial optimization, stochastic models, operations management and manufacturing, statistical modeling and simulation, computer programming and data structures, genetic algorithms, supply chain management, security and confidentiality in database systems, innovation and sustainability.

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