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Mr. Philip Rufe

Assistant Professor

Product Design Engineering Technology

School of Engineering

109 King Hall


[email protected]


  • B.S.E (Mechanical Engineering) University of Michigan
  • M.S. (Manufacturing Technology) Eastern Michigan University
  • B.S. (Industrial Art Education) Millersville University

Work Experience
August 1990 - September 2007 - Instructor
September - present - Assistant Professor

Professional Summary

Interests and Expertise

Manufacturing Engineering, Design for Manufacture and Assembly, Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing, Concept Development, Intellectual Property, and Additive Manufacturing.


  • CADM 101 Introduction to Engineering Graphics
  • MFG 103 Introduction to Automation
  • PDET 123 Manufacturing Processes
  • PDET 156 Teamwork in Product Design
  • PDET 157 Introduction to Product Design
  • MFG 203 Industrial Operations
  • PDET 224 Solid Modeling
  • MFG 290 GD&T and Metrology
  • PDET 216 Concept Development
  • 325 Applied Statics and Strength of Materials
  • PDET 350 Prototyping
  • MFG 421 Manufacturing Engineering Analysis 
  • MFG 470 Integrated Product and Process Design 
  • MFG 479 Aircraft Fabrication 
  • MFG 479 Certified Manufacturing Technologist Exam Review
  • 491 CAD Capstone
  • PDET 492 Product Realization Capstone 
  • EM 511 Fundamentals of Manufacturing 
  • EM 570 Patents and Engineering Law 
  • MFG 591 Design for Manufacture and Assembly 
  • MFG 636 Manufacturing Processes Analysis 
  • EM 670 Design for Manufacturing

Selected Publications

Rufe, P. ed. 2013. Fundamentals of Manufacturing, 3rd ed. Dearborn, MI: Society of Manufacturing Engineers.

Rufe, P.  2013. Fundamentals of Manufacturing Workbook, 3rd ed. Dearborn, MI: Society of Manufacturing Engineers.

From concept to market: Rewards and challenges in commercialization of “green” sustainable polyurethane technology.  Vijay Mannari and Philip Rufe, 248th ACS National Meeting and Exposition, Aug 10-14, 2014, San Francisco, CA

Rufe, Philip 1998. Fatigue Fundamentals and Review of Critical Literature. Journal of School of Engineering Technology, 14 (3).

Selected Presentations

Professional Memberships and Affiliations


Awards and Patents

Additional Information

I have been a faculty member at Eastern Michigan University since 1990 and hold degrees in education, manufacturing, and mechanical engineering. I am actively involved in several professional societies, local economic development, and technology transfer.  Over the past 8 years, I submitted $1,500,000 in research grants and received $400,000 in funding.