Capstone Directed Study

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MM 4193

About This Course

You’ve learned a lot so far in the Manufacturing Operations Management program. Now it’s time to use all that hard-earned knowledge as you embark on your capstone project. A culminating experience of all the skills and concepts you’re familiar with, the capstone is an opportunity for students to identify a specific problem, question, or course of study pertaining to manufacturing operations—this will be their primary focus over the length of the course.

Working with their capstone advisor, students ensure that their projects will require 135 hours or more of research and work. Students will then generate data and use appropriate models to create comprehensive reports and solutions to the project they’ve chosen, and they will present their findings at the end of the semester. The capstone course is a great option for students who are already employed full-time and wish to select a project that’s somehow connected to their employment. The capstone is available to students who have completed 45 or more semester credits.


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Mac McKeen

M.B.A., University of Dallas; B.S., industrial technology, Iowa State University

Mac McKeen is currently a Fellow at Boston Scientific. He has over 25 years of experience in the medical device industry in regulatory and quality roles focused on the development, clinical study, and regulatory approvals of cardiovascular devices. Mac has served as Director of regulatory management for Cardiac Science and St. Jude Medical and the Director of quality and regulatory for Phillips Medisize, a leading contract manufacturer, as well as leadership positions at Medtronic and Guidant. He is actively involved in advocacy and collaboration with the FDA through industry associations including AdvaMed and Medical Alley. He maintains a R.A.C. (Regulatory Affairs Certification).

  • MM 4045 - Regulated Industry Compliance
  • MM 4193 - Capstone Directed Study
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William King

M.S., operations and technology management, Illinois Institute of Technology; B.S., engineering, U.S. Military Academy at West Point

William King has over 20 years of manufacturing operations experience, with nearly half in operations leadership positions. After graduation he served in the U.S. Army as a liaison officer for NATO in Europe. Following his service commitment, he began his business career working for a small medical firm in Silicon Valley, which was later purchased by Abbott Laboratories. Since 2000 he has worked in the Chicago and Twin Cities areas in various operations leadership positions, from manufacturing manager to director of operations.

  • MM 3001W - Manufacturing in a Global Economy

  • MM 4193 - Capstone Directed Study