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Wednesday 27 September 2023,

Announcing the School of Manufacturing Systems and Networks and the School of Computing and Augmented Intelligence

The Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering is evolving in ways that leverage our strengths and create new opportunities for our community and partners. This fall, the Fulton Schools of Engineering is introducing the School of Manufacturing Systems and Networks — an innovative new school focused on the engineering innovations and technology developments critical to industry 4.0, autonomous systems and processes, and systems engineering among other foci. Based on the Polytechnic campus, the new school is primed to address the next-generation challenges that will transform manufacturing systems and through its students and faculty and create impact across its academic programs and research portfolio — all important to creating value, building connections across partners and increasing our collective impact.

The new school will broaden access for learners, advance student success within and outside the classroom, enable the research excellence of our faculty, and increase partnerships. There will be unique opportunities to grow and expand our programs through this new school. The manufacturing engineering and systems engineering degree programs currently in The Polytechnic School will become associated with the School of Manufacturing Systems and Networks.

We are also excited to announce that the School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering has a new name. As of this fall, the school will be known as the School of Computing and Augmented Intelligence, or SCAI. Through its foci in computing, data science, analytics, cybersecurity, machine learning and artificial intelligence, the School of Computing and Augmented Intelligence will advance both the leading and complementary role of the school in enhancing human capabilities. The new name reflects how researchers, students and strategic partners are exploring the ways we bring the school’s strengths to bear on decision making, creativity and responsible innovation. Moving forward, faculty, degree programs, majors and courses previously affiliated with CIDSE will be considered part of the School of Computing and Augmented Intelligence.

As the Fulton Schools of Engineering continues to evolve and adapt to meet emerging societal needs, we are also reimagining The Polytechnic School. The Polytechnic School will build on its longstanding reputation as a solutions-focused hub for engineering and technology education and research and collaboration with industry. The Polytechnic campus has always been a place with unique programs and learning environments, where students have extraordinary opportunities to master new skills by addressing real-world challenges. The reimagining of our schools and the addition of the School of Manufacturing and Systems Networks is also pivotal to a transformation of the Polytechnic campus that includes investment in new infrastructure for instruction, research facilities and personnel that will elevate all of the Fulton Schools and the university.

This restructuring is an exciting opportunity for the Fulton Schools to strategically evolve in ways that allow us to increase our impact as we address critical societal challenges. In doing so, we seek to advance our academic programs, range of student experiences, faculty research, partnership engagement and positioning to become a global leader in engineering education and research.

As we continue along this path, we want to ensure that we are evolving our structure in ways that not only allow for sustainable growth but will also position FSE to make the greatest possible impacts with educational and research experiences that prepare our students to succeed in any pursuit that awaits upon graduation and for our faculty to succeed at the highest levels of their discipline. We hope you will join us in embracing the exciting evolution taking place in the Fulton Schools of Engineering.

Stay up to date on developments about the FSE restructuring by checking the Fulton Schools announcement page.


Kyle D. Squires
Dean and Professor
Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering

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