COMMITTEE ON STUDIES

The Committee, in addition to approving the scope, content, and presentation of the Thesis or Project, approves the elective courses. The student should defend a proposal of the Thesis or Project scope and content to the entire COS early in the Thesis or Project effort (i.e., not near the end of the effort). The COS should be formed, with a first meeting held, by the next-to-last semester prior to the candidate's graduation.
All members of a student’s COS must be present at the project/thesis final defense. Although physical presence is strongly encouraged for all members, synchronous participation by telephone/video conference is allowed when necessary.


COMMITTEE ON STUDIES FOR MEME DEGREES
(CIM, SEM, MEM CONCENTRATIONS)

Committee on Studies (COS) Composition for MEME Degree:

Member #1, Chairperson Must be a full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty member from a School of Engineering department, who participates in the Manufacturing Engineering Program.
Member #2 Must be a full-time tenured or tenure-track engineering faculty member.
Member #3 Can be a full time, part-time or adjunct faculty member.
Member #4, Industrial Member Must be a manager or engineer employee of the sponsoring company.

Note: Either Member #2 or #3 must be from a department different than the COS Chairperson (Member #1).

COMMITTEE ON STUDIES FOR MEME/MBA

Committee on Studies (COS) Composition for MEME/MBA Degree:

Member #1, Chairperson Must be a full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty member from a School of Engineering department, who participates in the Manufacturing Engineering Program.
Member #2 Must be a full-time tenured or tenure-track engineering faculty member.
Member #3 Can be a full time, part-time or adjunct faculty member. Must be from ASM.
Member #4, Industrial Member Must be a manager or engineer employee of the sponsoring company.

COMMITTEE ON STUDIES FOR MS
(MSME, WITH MFG ENGR CONCENTRATION)

Committee on Studies (COS) Composition for MS/Mfg Degree

Member #1, Chairperson Must be a full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty member from the School of Engineering home department (ECE or ME).
Member #2 Must be a full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty member from the School of Engineering home department (ECE or ME).
Member #3 Can be a full time, part-time or adjunct faculty member.
Member #4, Industrial Member Must be a manager or engineer employee of the sponsoring company.

STEPS TO STARTING AND DEFENDING A MEME PROJECT

  1. Find company and explore potential project. MEP can provide leads.
  2. Discuss project with your Advisor (COS Chairperson).
  3. Formulate 4-member COS composition in conjunction with Advisor. To formalize the COS, file a Final Examination form, signed by each member of the COS, via MEP to OGS.
  4. Write project proposal (approximately 10 pages). Covers technical and ROI matters, and schedule.
  5. Iterate proposal only with your advisor until advisor satisfied. Do not distribute to your committee until your advisor tells you proposal is ready for COS.
  6. Distribute proposal to COS.
  7. Set up proposal defense date. COS must have minimum of 1 week to read proposal.
  8. Defend proposal – prepare powerpoint presentation (40 min.), schedule 1.5-2.0 hours. Make sure your A/V equipment is set up and tested prior to the start of COS meeting.
  9. Execute tasks in proposal, as revised from proposal defense.
  10. If deviating from plan, talk to advisor, who will decide if COS meeting is needed.
  11. Do work, and write project report.
  12. Iterate final report with advisor until advisor satisfied.
  13. Distribute report to COS.
  14. Set up project defense date, three weeks prior to defense date. File Final Examination form for approval of defense date, via MEP to OGS, at least two weeks prior to defense date (this is an OGS requirement). Notify departments of the defense date, one week prior to defense date, for list-serve posting. Note Fall, Spring and Summer deadlines for project defense dates. COS must have minimum of 1 week to read final report, prior to defense date.
  15. Determine administrative paperwork needed (ITG form, POS form, COS final exam form) – make sure it will be at the defense.
  16. Defend project – prepare PowerPoint presentation (40 min.). Make sure your A/V equipment is set up and tested prior to the start of COS meeting.
  17. The COS may request modifications to the COS report, before it is accepted and assigned a grade. Modifications should be completed in the semester of the defense. If the student is carrying an INCOMPLETE grade for the PROJECT into the final semester, then the defense should be given at least two weeks prior to the normal deadlines, in order to accommodate report modifications request by the COS (see note below).

Keep in mind that you do not have a project until your COS (not just advisor) says you have a project. Consequently, any work you do prior to COS approval of project plan is at risk.

Students may not graduate with an Incomplete pending in any graduate courses. Those resolving any Incomplete in their semester of graduation must have the process completed (including the reporting of the grade to the Office of the Registrar) by November 15 for Fall graduation, April 15 for Spring graduation or July 15 for Summer graduation. Failure to complete this process could result in the postponement of graduation until the following semester. [per UNM Catalog]

If in the semester of graduation, students are resolving an Incomplete on a prior Project course, and are taking no other courses, then they are recommended to register for at least one additional credit hour of the Project course, as CR/NC in the semester of graduation. This satisfies the UNM requirement that a student must be registered in some class at UNM in the semester in which they graduate.