Strong operations and facility leaders are vital to a manufacturing company’s success. Set yourself apart through this unique graduate program, which includes ten courses structured in a way that enables you to continue working while enrolled.
- Learn about a variety of topics ranging from technical competencies, including sustainable system design and manufacturing continuous improvement, to leadership skills, like leading change and handling conflict.
- Focus on one class at a time.
- Select an area of concentration: The forest bioproducts track covers various aspects of pulp and paper, biorefining pathways, new biomaterials and biotechnologies, and business competitive analysis and forecasting. The chemical manufacturing track will address foundational technologies as well as emerging processes and markets in the chemical processing industry.
- Wrap up the program with a Capstone course, a comprehensive team-based project that challenges you to tackle a real-world industry problem and present the solution to a company sponsor.
- Benefit from a hybrid approach that only requires three week-long visits to our main campus in Atlanta. You can obtain the remainder of your two-year education online via pre-recorded lectures and real-time web-conferencing sessions.
- Take advantage of faculty support during virtual office hours.
- Obtain the type of education that only a top-ranked technology and engineering university can provide.
MLDR 6701 Foundational Topics in the Manufacturing of Forest Bioproducts
(Summer, one 7-week course)
The objective of this course is to enhance the technical skills of students related to the forest bioproducts manufacturing industry. The course covers a diverse set of topics that provide comprehensive foundational knowledge of the industry, enabling the student to understand the role of different manufacturing operations in the overall process and to strategically plan for process improvement. Mastery of the technical content is supported by several case studies that challenge the student to identify aspects of leadership that enable technology and/or product development.
Lectures: Forests: Timberland, Products, Management, and Policy
Sustainability: Forest Certification and Non-wood Fibers
Case Study: Wood Supply Logistics and Economics
Chemistry of Lignocellulose and Fibers
Case Study: Market Pulp
Paper Making: Processes
Paper Making: Chemistry
Case Study: Paper Physics and Measurements
Energy Systems and Optimization
Sensors, Measurements, and Process Control
Pulp and Paper Quality Systems
Continuous Improvement Systems
Case Study: Plant Operations
Competitive Product Performance: Performance and Cost
Paper Industry Competitiveness Analysis
Case Study: Tissue and Packaging
Environment, Health & Safety
Sustainability: Pulp and Paper Manufacturing Design Challenges
Sustainability: Product Design Challenges
Case Study: Sustainable Package Design
MLDR 8803 Emerging Markets for Forest Bioproducts
(Spring, one 7-week course)
This course concerns the development and manufacturing of nontraditional products with forest bioproducts and other biomass. The course builds upon foundational knowledge in the manufacturing of forest bioproducts to analyze and assess emerging manufacturing markets. Topics include the processes needed to produce raw materials as well as materials construction and characterization. Mastery of the technical content is supported by several case studies that challenge the student to identify aspects of leadership that enable technology and/or product development. Mastery of the technical content is supported by several case studies that challenge the student to identify aspects of leadership that enable technology and/or product development.
Lectures: Biorefining Technologies and Products
Case Study: Biochemical PLA for Cups
Case Study: Biocatalysis
Renewable Chemistry Industry Analysis
Case Study: Catchlight Energy, Inc.
Micro and Nanocellulose Characteristics and Manufacture
Case Study: Nanocellulose Market Analysis
Renewable Polymer and Composite Materials: Science and Characteristics
Case Study: Carbon Fiber from Lignin
Composite Materials: Manufacture and Performance
Biocomposite Industry Analysis
Case Study: Automotive Bio-Composite Panels
Future Forest and Corporate Strategic Planning and Project Management