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*UTK Global Perspectives on Lean, Reliability & Maintainability
Munich, Germany (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer 1
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Budget Sheets Summer 1
Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
GPA Requirement:
Field of Study:
Engineering, Engineering-Industrial
Language of Instruction:
Class Standing:
Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Language Prerequisite:
Course Prerequisite:
Consent of Instructor
Hotel Program Type: Faculty-led
Open to non-UTK Students: No
Program Description:

Spend 3 weeks in Munich studying what all engineers should know before entering the business world!


Students will live and study in Munich, the capital and largest city of the German state of Bavaria.  A city rich with history, modern Munich is a financial and publishing hub with one of the strongest economies in Germany.  In addition to serving as the headquarters of numerous large companies, such as BMW, Siemens AG, and MTU Aero Engines, Munich is known as a center for biotechnology, software, and other service industries.  Munich is also a gree city with numerous parks, including the Englischer Garten, one of the largest urban public parks.  It is also home to many museums, including several important art galleries and the Deutsches Museum, the largest and one of the oldest science museums in the world.

The course, Global Perspectives on Lean, Reliability & Maintainability, will provide a practicable overview regarding implementation of lean, reliability and maintainability processes.  This will enable students to assess, evaluate and make better decisions (what engineers should know before entering the business world) in real world situations of varying industries and business structures.

Program excursions include:
  • 5 industry tours (Kuka Robotics, BMW Automotive, MTU Aero engines, Zepplin Shipyard, Erdinger Brewery
  • Museums, including BMW World and Deutsches Museum (world's largest science and technology museum)
  • Neuschwanstein Castle
  • Linderhof Palace
  • Oberammergau (mountain town)

BMW Assembly


Students will receive 3 credits in for IE 495: Global Perspectives on Lean, Reliability & Maintainability (counts as an R&M minor elective with permission of the Department Head).  The course will focus on practical applications and approaches regarding implementation of lean, reliability and maintainability, and the classroom material will be complemented by museum and industry visits so that students have the opportunity to see actual industries in practice and gain an appreciation of the history behind their practices.


Students will be housed in double occupancy hotel apartments with private bathroom, fully equipped kitchenette, TV, and free WIFI.  The hotel is located in the heart of Munich with easy access to grocery stores, restaurants, local public transportation, and the main railway station.

Program Costs

Please see budget sheet at top of page.  Program fee includes accommodations, all breakfasts, welcome & departure dinners, transportation to tours and all program related excursions.

Faculty Contact

Professor Klaus Blache, Director--COE Reliability & Maintainability Center and ISE Research Professor, e-mail:

This program is currently not accepting applications.

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