Kettering and MSC.Software unite to offer master's degree

Mar 22, 2002

Kettering University and MSC.Software have announced the formation of a joint program offering engineers worldwide the ability to earn a master's of science degree in Engineering with a focus on Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) simulation.

Kettering University and MSC.Software have announced the formation of a joint program offering engineers worldwide the ability to earn a master's of science degree in Engineering with a focus on Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) simulation. The new program is a unique combination of academic and industrial education with the latest in instructional delivery techniques and CAE simulation computer tools, allowing the maximum flexibility to prospective students worldwide.

"This is the first program of its kind," said Dr. James E.A. John, president of Kettering University. "We will meet the needs of industry to remain competitive while helping engineers cope with challenges of rapidly changing technologies. We are very pleased to work collaboratively with MSC.Software to offer such a strong and innovative program. The Department of Mechanical Engineering deserves much credit for its vision and continued push toward excellence in advanced engineering education."

Frank Perna, chairman and CEO of MSC.Software, said it is an important step for companies striving to make gains in the current market. "This will bring cutting edge education and technology to working engineers seeking to improve their skills, earn advanced degrees and help keep their companies be competitive."

Dr. K. Joel Berry, head and professor of Mechanical Engineering, said as industry seeks to reduce time-to-market and product cost -- while increasing product quality -- math-based design and analytical validation become critical to ensure success. "However, due to the advanced CAE software complexities, advanced theoretical knowledge combined with a strong working knowledge of CAE computer tools are necessary to effectively reduce the time from concept to design commitment. One without the other is not sufficient," Berry added.

The M.S. degree requires 10 units (courses) including seven academic and three industrial CAE vendor simulation courses. This degree will be available in addition to an alternative certificate of CAE simulation requiring three academic and two industrial courses. The academic courses are taken via the web and video media and are available via the worldwide facilities of the MSC Institute of Technology, a division of MSC.Software.

"We are providing students access to MSC's broad range of Industrial Engineering Simulation and Product Lifecycle Management software along with a convenient ability to complete an advanced engineering degree," said Dr. David Dimas, director of the MSC Institute of Technology and an adjunct faculty member at Kettering University.

"This program provides access to advance degree programs to a broad worldwide student base who would have been unable to otherwise complete an M.S. degree," said Dr. Basem Alzahabi, associate professor and director of the program for Kettering University.

Kettering University expects to admit students starting July 1, 2002.

For additional information contact Dr. Basem Alzahabi at (810) 762-7833 or email at balzahab@kettering.edu.

Kettering University, located in Flint, Mich., is one of the country's premier co-op institutions and provides 2,500 students with career-based education in engineering, applied sciences, mathematics, and business management. Founded in 1919, the University also offers graduate programs in engineering, manufacturing management and operations management.