The School of Manufacturing Science and Engineering (SMSE) is one of the oldest schools of SWUST. At present, there are more than 120 academics, including 60 professors and associate professors; 8 overseas returnees (of which five who are included in the Sichuan ‘One Hundred Talents Programme’); 2 experts who have made outstanding contributions to Sichuan Province; and six academic and technical leaders and reserve or support staff of Sichuan Province.
Currently, there are more than 2,900 full-time students in SMSE; over 130 of these are postgraduates. The School has a master’s degree programme in Manufacturing Engineering, which aims to cultivate a sound knowledge of mechanical engineering and industrial design engineering in its students. Mechanical Engineering is also available as a secondary discipline in PhD subject areas at SWUST. Five undergraduate SMSE programmes exist as follows:Mechanical Manufacturing and Automation; Process Equipment and Control Engineering; Material Formation and Control Engineering; Industrial Engineering (a specialty subject available in Sichuan province); and Industrial Design. SMSE boasts the National Virtual and Experimental Teaching Centre of Building Material Production and Engineering and Equipment Manufacturing; the Key Laboratory for Testing the Technology involved in the Advanced Manufacturing Process, which is co-sponsored by the Ministry of Education and Sichuan Province; and the Key Provincial Laboratory of Reverse Engineering (RE) and Rapid Prototyping (RP). Moreover, SMSE also offers one national and one provincial experimental subject specialties, aimed at nurturing excellent engineers.
In recent years, SMSE has carried out leading research in the areas of reverse engineering and rapid manufacturing; intelligent machines; energy saving equipment and environmental protection; and digital design and the manufacture of building material equipment, amongst others.