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Program information

College: Manufacturing Systems and Networks
Academic Unit: Manufacturing Engineering, Robotics and Autonomous Systems
Campus: Polytechnic


In addition to the requirements specified by the Barrett Honors College, the Manufacturing Engineering and Robotics and Autonomous Systems programs in the School of Manufacturing Systems and Networks in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering offer honors students several opportunities for honors credit and thesis research. These programs are where project-based courses are the norm and innovation and an entrepreneurial focus is crucial to success.

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What qualifies?

Most courses in our programs are offered for honors credit through the honors enrichment contract. Students wishing to receive honors credit should confer with the course instructor at the beginning of the semester in order to develop a mutually acceptable plan for the honors contract activity. Most honors contracts involve either a project that extends the ideas and techniques covered in the course or outside research on topics relevant to the course work. Students have the responsibility to apply for the honors contract through the Barrett Honors College. The Honors College contacts the instructor to approve the contract only after the student has initiated the process. Some courses have honors sections. Honors credit should be conducted in conjunction with an active faculty member, and the faculty member should be qualified to evaluate your performance in your selected project.


Recent Honors Theses Topics:

Academic Preparation

Depending on the topic, students may be expected to have completed upper-level courses in the topic as guided by their thesis director. This is often an organic process, as good thesis topics typically arise from collaborations within class projects. For example, after taking a junior-level design project course, a student may wish to expand on their in-class project by studying their design more in-depth.

Recommended Timeline

Typically students reach out to professors in the Spring before graduation and submit their prospectus over the Summer.

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Other Honors Oopportunities

Honors contracts are created on a case-by-case basis; you should reach out to a faculty member you are interested in working with more to develop a plan for your contract. Some successful examples include:

Faculty & Research Interests

Students looking for engineering and manufacturing engineering program faculty members to supervise their honors theses can review the following list.

Daniel AukesRobotics, Design, Manufacturing and Simulation, Origami-inspired folding devices, Compliant Systems, and Dynamics
Bruno AzeredoAdvanced Manufacturing
Dhruv BhateAdditive manufacturing, cellular materials, bio-inspired design
Jerry Gintzprogrammable automation control systems, distributed control systems, advanced motion control, advanced manufacturing techniques
Sangram Redkarnonlinear dynamics & control, interial navigation & tracking
Kenan SongPolymer Science, Composite Engineering, 3D printing, Sensors and Actuators, Material Mechanics
Thomas Sugarwearable robotic systems: prostheses, orthoses, exoskeletons, walking & running gait
Wenlong ZhangWearable robotic systems, flexible robotics, human-robot interactions, networked and multi-agent systems, control systems and artificial intelligence

Guidelines for a Successful Honors Theses

The following provides general guidelines. Please check with the Barrett Honors College guidelines for updated information.