Intel Corporation and Ford Motor Company have joined MIT's Leaders for Manufacturing Program (LFM), bringing to 13 the number of industrial partners in the graduate education and research program aimed at helping the United States recapture world leadership in manufacturing.
"On behalf of all our LFM partners, we most enthusiastically welcome Intel and Ford into the program," said Professor John B. Heywood, LFM acting co-director.
Thomas L. Magnanti, LFM co-director, said, "We look forward to building ties with our colleagues at Intel and Ford, and have every confidence they will contribute mightily to the leadership, strength and creativity of the Leaders Program."
The announcement that Intel and Ford have joined the program marks the half-way mark in LFM's campaign to add four new partner companies.
LFM is a joint program of the School of Engineering and the School of Management. Professor Heywood, acting co-director, is a member of the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Professor Magnanti is a member of the Sloan School.
The LFM was organized in 1988. Other industrial members are Alcoa, The Boeing Company, Chrysler Motors Corporation, Digital Equipment Corporation, Eastman Kodak Company, General Motors Corporation, Hewlett Packard Company, Johnson & Johnson, Motorola, Incorporated, Polaroid Corporation, and United Technologies Corporation.
The goal of the program is to develop a model curriculum for educating a new generation of leaders in manufacturing and to draw some of the nation's best students into careers in manufacturing industries.
Students in the novel two-year program earn two master's degrees-one from the Sloan School of Management and one from a department in the School of Engineering.
A version of this article appeared in the June 17, 1992 issue of MIT Tech Talk (Volume 36, Number 34).