Advanced Materials Manufacturing

Course Information

The Master of Engineering Leadership (MEL) in Advanced Materials Manufacturing offers a bold approach to professional graduate education in engineering. Sixty per cent of the courses you’ll take are technical in nature and offered through the UBC Faculty of Applied Science. The remaining 40 per cent are business courses offered through UBC Sauder’s Robert H. Lee Graduate School.

Many courses use a flipped classroom format. This means you are expected to independently review course content ahead of classroom time, through assigned readings and lecture videos. The classes themselves are then an opportunity for engaged learning – discussing and applying what you’ve learned through case studies, group project work, experiments and demonstrations.

Course Overview

Winter term: January to April

MTRL 515: Advanced Simulation & Modelling Tools for Materials Manufacturing

Modern materials manufacturing involves multi-material solutions to create e.g. new automobiles, aircraft or gas turbines. The course will introduce concepts in advanced numerical modelling and commercial software tools focusing on thermal, fluid flow and continuum mechanics analyses in materials manufacturing.

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Formulate numerical solutions to basic problems in thermal, fluid flow, and continuum mechanics analyses;
    • Define appropriate analysis domains.
    • Generate appropriate mesh for the analysis domains.
    • Apply appropriate initial and boundary conditions.
    • Define material properties incorporating temperature, time, or spatial dependencies.
  • Verify simple model solution technique using analytical solutions.
  • Conduct sensitivity analyses on numerical and process related parameters.
  • Explore problems that involve coupling between field variables.

MTRL Technical Elective

Options include (other MTRL elective courses may be available with approval from the program director):

MTRL 471: Nanofibre Technology

Introduction to nanomaterials in the form of fibres and composites, including processing, structure, characterization methods, properties, and modeling.

MTRL 475: Microstructure Engineering

This course follows the production of metallurgical products, focusing on process design models used to describe solidification, recrystallization and precipitation.

MTRL 494: Composite Materials

This course deepens students’ understanding of the properties and the mechanical behaviour of composite materials, with an emphasis on analysis, design and manufacturing.

APPP 503: Organizational Leadership

Understand the behaviour of people and groups and how this applies to management and leadership within professional organizations. This course explores motivation, group dynamics, organizational structure, leadership styles and tools for assessing organizational effectiveness. The course is collaboratively delivered with the Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration.

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Apply theoretical principles of leadership and organization behaviour in a variety of organizational contexts and industries.
  • Diagnose organizational behaviour and people management challenges and find solutions that deliver business results and ensure employee engagement.
  • Understand what it takes to build effective manager-employee relationships, given the realities of power, motivation and commitment in an organizational setting.
  • Develop and present recommendations for organizational leadership challenges using the case study analysis approach.

BAEN 540: Strategy & Innovation

This course provides an introduction to the principles and frameworks of strategic management, as well as concepts surrounding the creation or expansion of innovation capabilities, within organizations. Strategic management involves analysis, planning and execution of initiatives that achieve objectives in support of organizational goals. Innovation generally involves the development of revolutionary new or evolutionary improvements to existing ideas, methods, products, services, or combinations thereof that are adopted. The course will also consider the changing nature of organizational strategy and innovation in an environment of increasing globalization, digitization and automation. Entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship will be recurring themes throughout the course. The course will emphasize actionable lessons and models that students, regardless of their professional or academic backgrounds, can apply in practice to create tangible and valuable outcomes across organizational types, growth stages, and industries.

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Understand strategic decision making and organization innovation processes.
  • Analyze business situations using relevant concepts and tools.
  • Understand business approaches for managing strategy and innovation programs and projects.
  • Create and present plans for solutions to organizationally important challenges.
  • Communicate effectively about planning and delivering on strategy and innovation.

APPP 505: Analytics & Interpretation for Applied Sciences

Professionals who can manage analytics and “big data” are highly sought after by companies across the world. This course will provide students with the opportunity to identify, interpret and utilize key analytics from real-world data sets. Graduates will feel comfortable with the latest data collection methods, measurement and presentation tools, be able to interpret data and identify trends, and understand the role of big data and predictive analytics across several different industries.

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Discuss data analytics and data visualization principles and methods.
  • Design and develop interactive visualizations and dashboards using Tableau.
  • Use advanced features and functionalities of Tableau.
  • Present and communicate analysis findings to different target audiences.
  • Understand how to clean and transform different kinds of data to facilitate exploration and analysis
  • Design and develop interactive visualizations and dashboards using Tableau.
  • List use cases for effective visual analytics.
  • Recognize issues related to ethics, privacy, governance, provenance and integrity when working with data.

Summer term: May to August

MTRL 512: Material Optimization for the Manufacturing of Structural Metallic Components – May & June

The course surveys the role of microstructure, phase transformations and mechanical behaviour on the manufacturability of structural metallic components. Case studies will be used to expose students to concepts related to process simulation in the automotive paint bake cycle and controlled mechanical anisotropy in sheet metal forming, with particular emphasis on structure-property development relevant to the latest materials manufacturing technologies.

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Explain the fundamental mechanisms underlying:
    • Forest (dislocation) hardening, solid solution hardening and precipitation hardening.
    • Explain, with reference to appropriate equations the physics governing second phase nucleation, growth and coarsening in metallic materials.
    • Explain the role of plastic anisotropy in sheet metal forming with specific reference to its effect on the forming limit diagram.
    • Describe the possible microstructural phenomena occurring during the thermomechanical processing of metallic materials referencing potential synergies.
  • Describe the mechanisms used to optimize the properties of as-fabricated light alloy and steel components.
  • Compare and contrast different materials in terms of their suitability for different types of manufacturing.
  • Use modern analytical tools to predict the correlation between processing, microstructure and properties for metallic parts.

APPP 504: Business Acumen for Technical Leaders

An asset to the aspiring technical leader, business acumen is knowing how business works and applying that knowledge with the goal of business improvement. This course offers an elevated perspective of how technical skills contribute to building value in a business. The course immerses aspiring technical leaders in the practical application of core business skills and the development of six core business competencies, which are presented as modules: Managerial Accounting, Strategy and Performance, Market Evaluation, Operations Management, Negotiations and Contract Management and Business-Case Building and Valuation. This course is collaboratively delivered with the Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration.

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Apply theoretical principles of business in a variety of contexts.
  • Analyze and discuss common business situations encountered by managers from multiple angles using the case study analysis approach.
  • Appreciate the importance of each of the functional areas, as well as the inter-connectedness of business decision-making.
  • Appreciate the importance of excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Understand the importance of effective team work and strong ethical standards in management.
  • Plan and present effective and meaningful presentations.

Fall term: September to December

MTRL 517: Case Studies in Advanced Materials Manufacturing

This course gives students the opportunity to analyze a full spectrum of design in materials manufacturing, including the design of the components, structures and processes used to manufacture materials. Current materials and processes for advanced multi-material engineering components will be investigated. An emphasis will be placed on evaluating producibility and manufacturing risks for different materials and process solutions.

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Compare and contrast current materials and processes for advanced multi-material engineering components.
  • Analyze structure-property-process relationships for materials and manufacturing systems.
  • Evaluate producibility and manufacturing risk for different materials and process solutions.
  • Conduct a life-cycle analysis on a manufacturing process.
  • Assess production challenges.
  • Plan a development cycle relevant to industry.
  • Assess opportunities to improve producibility and production.

MTRL 594: Advanced Composite Materials

This course focuses on the processing and properties of advanced polymer-based composite materials with an emphasis on analysis, design and manufacturing.

APPP 502: Sustainability & Leadership

This course helps students build skills to lead change that influences the triple bottom line and explores concepts related to sustainability, change agency systems thinking, awareness and perspective for engagement and communication, adaptive leadership, and change dynamics. It also incorporates case studies in organizational and social change. This course is collaboratively delivered with the Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration.

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Recognize tools, concepts, standards and frameworks used in sustainable business.
  • Analyze current realities, market opportunities and issues related to sustainability across a range of industries.
  • Integrate sustainability-related concepts into their own industry and/or personal experiences.
  • Synthesize, apply and communicate sustainability knowledge to one’s peers.
  • Apply various leadership concepts and tools into their professional practice, and in particular to sustainability-related initiatives.

MTRL Technical Elective

Options include (other MTRL elective courses may be available with approval from the program director):

MTRL 442: Coatings and Surface Modification

This course explores strategies for ceramic and metallic coatings by melting-solidification, from the vapour state and from solution, and methods of surface modification.

MTRL 472: Welding and joining

This course examines case studies addressing temperature modelling in welding and joining, material selection for welds and joints, calculation of properties for welds and joints, mechanical analysis of joints, and the design of welding and joining procedures.

MTRL 585: Topics in Fracture Mechanics

This course explores the equations and concepts of linear elastic fracture mechanics, including fracture toughness testing, statistical theories of fracture and proof testing, stress corrosion cracking and static fatigue, and acoustic emission and other non-destructive testing methods. Students will examine case studies of large-scale fractures of pressure vessels and structures.

UBC Sauder School of Business Courses

Students can choose a UBC Sauder Business Course to gain greater exposure to a particular area of interest. Options include (subject to change):

BASC 550: Operations and Logistics

This course will introduce students to the key concepts and tools needed to understand and effectively manage supply chains and business operations in general. A key concept in this course is the “business process”, and managing and improving such processes.

BAMA 519: Building Brands with Purpose

This course explores the core principles of branding within the context of social and environmental responsibility including healthcare, sustainability and human rights. Fundamental marketing strategies are reinforced as they relate specifically to: 1) non-profits, 2) social marketing designed to change society’s behaviour and 3) cause-related-marketing within thecorporate sector.

BA 563: Decision Making for Managers

This course is designed to make you a better decision maker by helping you understand your weaknesses and build on your strengths in decision-making. This is an integrative course that links material from Economics, Operations, Statistics, Marketing, Psychology, Finance, and Strategy.

*Course offering subject to change.

BAEN 580B: Special Topics in Business: Creative Destruction Lab

The Creative Destruction Lab Venture Program is a 3-credit course in entrepreneurship in which students will work with the Creative Destruction Lab West (CDL-West) team to help emerging technology and science focused start-ups. Students will become familiar with the CDL-West companies and will have the opportunity to support with market analysis, customer development, financial analysis, and other core activities related to building early stage start-ups. Students will be provided with visibility into how venture capitalists and angel investors make investment decisions.