UB creates digital manufacturing and design online courses

Kenneth English films an introduction to a course at Moog Inc. Behind the camera is J. Michael Vick, digital media producer at Full Circle Studios.


By Tracy Puckett

UB is developing a “101” series of massive open online courses on the Coursera platform about digital manufacturing and design—the ability to connect different parts of the manufacturing lifecycle through data.

The Digital Manufacturing and Design Technology Specialization consists of nine courses and a project. Courses are for anyone  interested in how manufacturing is  evolving, from high school graduates exploring careers to operations managers intrigued by emerging technologies.

The project team includes:

  • Program manager Timothy Leyh of TCIE Principal investigator Kemper Lewis of SMART and Chair of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE)
  • Instructors  Kenneth English  of  SMART, Rahul Rai of MAE, Sara Behdad of MAE and ISE, Chi Zhou of ISE, and Shambhu Upadhyaya of CSE Staff from UB’s Center for Educational Innovation and the SUNY Office of the Provost Partners Accu-Solve   Group, Full Circle Studios, Buffalo Manufacturing Works,
  • Moog, Lockheed Martin, Siemens Product Lifecycle Management Software, Society of Manufacturing Engineers, Association for Manufacturing Technology, SAE International, Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Commonwealth Center for Advanced Logistics Systems

The first three courses will launch in January, with the rest released one month at a time.