AUTO 503* Automotive Engineering Project

AUTO 503* Automotive Engineering Project

Course Description

As an essential component of the Master of Engineering in the Automotive Engineering degree program, students are required to participate in a sponsored project in automotive engineering. The intent of this project course is to provide students with a capstone project experience where they can apply the knowledge and skills acquired through the Automotive Engineering degree program to relevant automotive engineering problems. Each project must have a clearly defined problem or need; must show a solution methodology; and must be value-added to the sponsor.



AUTO 501 and 15 credits minimum completed toward the degree.


System Requirements

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Course Instructor

Pat Hammett

Pat Hammett

Lead Faculty, University of Michigan College of Engineering Six Sigma Programs 
Lecturer, Integrative Systems + Design 
Adjunct-Assistant Professor, Industrial and Operations Engineering

Dr. Patrick Hammett is the Lead Faculty for the University of Michigan College of Engineerings Six Sigma Program and teaches related Quality and Statistical Analysis Method courses as a Lecturer for the Division of Integrative Systems + Design. As lead instructor for live and online Six Sigma training, including Lean-Six Sigma Green Belt, Black Belt, Master Black Belt, and Design for Six Sigma courses, Dr. Hammett has taught over 10,000 students and mentored hundreds of continuous improvement and student research projects. 

Outside his teaching duties, Dr. Hammetts primary research focus involves data analysis methods to support the validation phase of new product development. Among his areas of interest are dimensional engineering, usability engineering, tolerance adjustment methods, functional build manufacturing validation strategies, and 3D non-contact measurement technology. Among his past research sponsors are General Motors, Ford, Chrysler, Visteon, and Harley Davidson. 

Outside his University work, Dr. Hammett is president of two small companies, QETools and Manufacturing Validation Solutions, LLC. Dr. Hammett received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and his Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University. Prior to joining the University of Michigan, he worked for General Motors. 


*503 project courses are available only to students enrolled in the respective U-M degree programs.