August 24, 2005 (Last update: April 3, 1996)
This Departmental Honors is directed towards students who are interested in challenging themselves to go beyond the requirements for graduation in the three majors of Manufacturing Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Engineering Management with Technical Specialty in Manufacturing Engineering. Challenging means that the student will design and conduct a significant independent project under the supervision of a faculty member during the student's junior and senior years of study at Miami. Examples of possible projects are presented below and the student is encouraged to discuss alternatives with his or her faculty advisor of choice. The goal is not only for the student to graduate with the distinction of "Departmental Honors," but also to show how he or she is becoming a true learner: one who learns how to learn on his or her own.
The following requirements are necessary to admit a student to this program:
Although the department's senior capstone is similar in spirit to the suggested projects, these honors projects may or may not have any design content. For example, a student may decide to apply specific software for analyzing manufacturing processes without utilizing the engineering design method and without a specific open-ended problem in mind. In addition, the capstone course sequence involves projects performed on a team basis rather than an individual.
1. Development of a written plan for completing the project (even if the project will be completed as part of an intern or co-op activity). This plan should be approved by the sponsoring faculty member and the department faculty, and it should include the following:
2. Completion of the requirements specified in the written plan.
3. Completion of a well written technical report summarizing the project and results. This report must be submitted to the sponsoring faculty member for approval at least a month prior to graduation to allow time to correct an unacceptable report.
4. The student is urged to publish her or his work in a professional publication with the help of their advisor. The published work must be submitted and approved prior to graduation. Also, the student is encouraged to share his work in a seminar format with the faculty and students.
1. Complete all graduation requirements for the department, division and university.
2. Maintain an overall GPA of 3.5 and a departmental GPA of 3.5.
3. Complete an honors project
Link to University Honors and Scholars