Advanced Materials Manufacturing

Program Goals

Technical Knowledge

The Master of Engineering Leadership (MEL) in Advanced Materials Manufacturing is structured around a project-based curriculum that covers all stages of the industry value chain, from material and process selection through to final production.


Advanced process simulation tools are integrated into each technical class, enabling you to acquire skills that are in demand as industry increasingly focuses on digitization to manage risks and reduce costs.

Collaborating with your peers under the direction of leading researchers and instructors from industry, you will work in world-class facilities and multidisciplinary research centres to:

  • explore advanced engineering technology
  • compare complex multi-material engineering processes
  • analyze the structure-property-process relationships inside materials manufacturing systems
  • design prototype components
  • plan a development cycle relevant to industry
  • evaluate production challenges
  • gain foundational knowledge in the latest composites, light alloys and advanced high-strength steels
  • illustrate the design of materials manufacturing processes, evaluate production challenges and apply data for technical and business decision-making in case studies

“Students conduct a complete life-cycle assessment of the materials manufacturing process—from resource extraction through to end-of-life – looking at the cost, performance and environmental impacts of materials substitution.” – Chad Sinclair

Business foundations

Professional success requires both technical understanding and managerial and business competence. Through courses offered by UBC Sauder’s Robert H. Lee Graduate School, you will explore business strategy and innovation, operations and logistics, project management, and organizational leadership. These classes are an opportunity for you to gain foundational business knowledge in:

  • managing processes in manufacturing systems and supply chains
  • assessing visual analytics techniques for analysis and communication
  • evaluating project management processes and demonstrating their use
  • analyzing sustainability opportunities across a range of industries
  • presenting recommendations for organizational leadership challenges using a case study analysis approach
  • understanding business-decision making through the lens of key functional areas (strategy, marketing, operations and logistics, accounting and finance, human resources and organizational behaviour, and entrepreneurship)
  • understanding basic principles of organizational strategy and innovation

Leadership and interpersonal skills

Effectively managing people and successfully leading teams requires a wide range of interpersonal skills. The MEL offers professional development workshops throughout the 12-month program. These extra-curricular sessions cover topics that include communication, teamwork, coaching and mentoring. Group projects and collaborative problem-solving are embedded into the MEL courses, creating ongoing opportunities for you to practice your skills as a manager and leader.

Learn more about some of the most significant challenges being faced within the industry and how this innovative leadership master’s degree can place you in a position to address some of our world’s most pressing problems.

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