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About CCIMe

The mission of the Center for Computer Integrated Manufacturing Enterprises is to make fundamental contributions to the science base for modeling, analysis, design, operation, integration and continuous improvement of manufacturing enterprises.


The Center for Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CCIM) was established at Oklahoma State University in 1984. Dr. Joe H. Mize, Regents Professor of Industrial Engineering & Management, was appointed Center Director. From 1986 to 1995 the AT&T Foundation provided continuous support for research in areas related to manufacturing systems engineering.

In 1989, the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology (OCAST) awarded a five million dollar contract to establish the Oklahoma Center for Integrated Design and Manufacturing (OCIDM). The research activities in Center for CIM at OSU became an integral part of the CIM thrust at OCIDM. The CIM thrust was one of four major thrusts pursued by OCIDM, and involved collaborative work with IE faculty from the University of Oklahoma , Norman .

In 1994, the founder of the Center, Dr. Joe Mize, retired. The leadership of the center was assigned to Dr. Manjunath Kamath, Center Director and Dr. David Pratt, OCIDM Principal Investigator. Dr. Kamath and Dr.Pratt also served as co-principal investigators on two NSF grants, and both have been involved in the Center activities since 1989.

Beginning in 1993, the research conducted at the Center for CIM started to receive funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF). From 1993 to 2002, 5 different NSF Grants have supported research and curriculum development activities in the areas of advanced modeling environments for manufacturing systems, integrated production management systems, queueing theory, and enterprise process modeling.

In 2001, NSF funded a multi-university I/UCRC called The Center for Engineering Logistics and Distribution (CELDi) with Oklahoma State University as one of the founding member institutions.  Center for CIM is one of the key research centers at Oklahoma State University that currently participates in CELDi research projects.  

Since the late 1990s, the scope of the research conducted at the Center for CIM has expanded to include enterprise-level problems and issues.  To better represent the current focus of the center research activities, the center is now called “The Center for Computer Integrated Manufacturing Enterprises (CCiMe)”.