Published on 03/05/2023
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  • Aston University to open up the world of smart manufacturing to the engineers of tomorrowNew masters degree in smart manufacturing founded
  • Postgraduate degree starts in September
  • Will include teaching of digital twin technology. 

Aston University is to open up the world of smart manufacturing to the engineers of tomorrow.

Based on the research expertise in the University’s College of Engineering and Physical Sciences it will be offering a masters degree in smart manufacturing

The field is estimated to expand by more than 12% between 2020-2025 due to the ‘fourth industrial revolution’ and government involvement. Industrial automation in manufacturing is on the increase as are software systems that reduce time and cost to the market.

The masters course will teach a wide range of hands-on skills in smart manufacturing to create innovative solutions for complex manufacturing problems through developing state-of-the-art technologies.

Programme director Dr Muftooh Siddiqi said: “This is a course for those who want to be at the forefront of technological growth. 

“Smart manufacturing is of tremendous significance in the field of manufacturing and is a way to the future.
“This programme will embed the technological revolution deep within the mindset of engineers and teach the skills to design and develop new technologies that embrace the challenges of future manufacturing.”

The postgraduate degree, which starts in September, will include teaching of digital twin technology - a virtual replica used to improve efficiency by simulating manufacturing production processes. Students will learn to use it to improve production scheduling, predict equipment failure and improve maintenance. 

One of its related research collaborations, Horizon Europe H2GLASS, is a Europe-wide multi-million Euro project that aims to decarbonise the glass industry’s production processes. 

More details about smart manufacturing are available here

Notes to editors

About Aston University
Founded in 1895 and a university since 1966, Aston University is a long established university led by its three main beneficiary groups – students, business and the professions, and the West Midlands region and wider society. Located in Birmingham at the heart of a vibrant city, the campus houses all the University’s academic, social and accommodation facilities for our students. Professor Aleks Subic is the Vice-Chancellor & Chief Executive.
In 2022 Aston University was ranked in the top 25 of the Guardian University Guide, based on measures including entry standards, student satisfaction, research quality and graduate prospects. The Aston Business School MBA programme was ranked in the top 100 in the world in the Economist MBA 2021 ranking.

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