Chair's Welcome

Portrait of Dr. Tim Cameron
Dr. Tim Cameron, Chair

When alumni visit the Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (MME) Department I like to ask what was special about their time at Miami and what contributed to their success. They often cite the close camaraderie; that they worked with and supported each other. They learned to succeed by being part of a supportive community. Much of their subsequent success may be attributable to individual drive and talent, but their Miami experience helped them develop the confidence they needed to succeed. We want the experience of every student to be like theirs; learning to find success in working with others, contributing value to a team and project, building a sense of community, making life-long friends, and developing competence and confidence along the way.

To continue that tradition, MME students start working as teams in MME 102 designing water-powered rockets. By the time they are seniors, they are working on full-fledged design projects for companies such as GE Aviation, Owens-Corning, Schneider Electric, and MTD, for government agencies such as the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, for non-profits such as Goodwill and the Butler County Board for Developmental Disabilities, and for inter-collegiate competitions such as NASA Lunabotics, SAE Baja and Formula Car.

It is the ambition of every faculty member in the department to provide these learning experiences for MME students. Undergraduates are intimately involved in numerous design and research projects. We offer the individualized attention of a small college (1800 students in engineering) with the diversity of opportunities afforded by a larger university (18,000 students at Miami University). Largely due to their close work with students, MME faculty members are frequently recognized with teaching and research awards.

I am sincerely thankful to be part of the Miami community. It is a privilege to serve such an outstanding group of students, faculty, and alumni. It is my earnest endeavor to ensure that the MME Department preserves the qualities that make Miami great while adapting to current social and economic needs and creatively pushing the limits of materials and technology to meet those needs.

Thank you for visiting our web site and we hope this motivates you to visit us and become part of our dynamic community.

For Love and Honor,
Tim Cameron