Miami Presents: Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering - Building an Engineering Community

Presented on: Monday, August 2nd at 1:00 PM EDT

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Almost every company that designs and creates a product also employs a mechanical or manufacturing engineer as a critical part of the process - you can find them in research labs, government and military positions, in classrooms, the medical field, and in all kinds of places you might not expect to find an engineer!  Please join CEC Dean Beena Sukumaran, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (MME) Department chair, Dr. Amit Shukla, and alumna, Amanda Frederick Pritts ‘04 for a conversation about the MME department at Miami University and its history.  The talk will highlight historic events, program inflection points, alumni experiences, and the engineering community as a whole.  We’ll also share some exciting developments and plans for Miami’s MME Department moving forward.

Dr. Beena Sukumaran became dean of Miami's College of Engineering and Computing in August 2020. She previously served as vice president for research at Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey. Beena received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the College of Engineering in Trivandrum, India, and a master’s in civil engineering from Auburn University. She earned a doctorate from Purdue University. While at Rowan, Sukumaran was principal investigator of a $1.92 million National Science Foundation grant, titled Revolutionizing Engineering Diversity, which looked at various strategies to enhance the diversity and success of the student population.

Dr. Amit Shukla is Chair of the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at Miami University. He received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati. He joined Miami University in 2002 when the mechanical engineering program was added to an already thriving manufacturing engineering department.  An expert in nonlinear dynamics, Dr. Shukla was on the steering committee to establish Miami University Center for Advancement of Computational Research.  He is also the founding director of the Miami University Center for Assistive Technology.

Amanda (Fredrick) Pritts ‘04 is one of the first graduates of the Mechanical Engineering program at Miami University.  She is currently Telemedicine Project Manager at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.  She received her master’s in mechanical engineering from University of Pittsburgh and earned a Project Management Professional (PMP) certificate, as well as a Lean Six Sigma Certificate.

This event is open to everyone and free to attend, but registration is required.  Please direct any questions to Mollie Young at