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A Cohort Master Of Science Program In Advanced Technology

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2001 Annual Conference


Albuquerque, New Mexico

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June 24, 2001

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June 24, 2001

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June 27, 2001



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6.13.1 - 6.13.5



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Atlas Hsie

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Naseem Ishaq

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Salahuddin Qazi

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Session 3255

A Cohort Master of Science Program in Advanced Technology Atlas Hsie, Salahuddin Qazi, Naseem Ishaq School of Information Systems and Engineering Technology State University of New York Institute of Technology P.O. Box 3050, Utica, New York 13504.


An interdisciplinary cohort program for Master of Science in Advanced Technology (MSAT) to meet the diverse technological needs of industry was implemented in 1996 at the State University of New York Institute of Technology, Utica, New York. The 33-credit program was jointly developed and implemented by the departments of electrical, mechanical and industrial engineering technologies. The purpose of this paper is to review the results of the cohorts thus far completed and to discuss our plan to make the future MSAT program focus on three areas of concentration mentioned above. To make the program more accessible some courses are offered on the Internet. It is expected that such a program will respond better to the need of current industrial environment and will attract more full time graduate students, which is one of the future goals of the college.

I. Introduction

State University of New York (SUNY) Institute of Technology is an upper division Institution for transfer and graduate students. It is one of the 64 campuses of SUNY system and is located in central New York. The college has a number of graduate programs, including accounting, advanced technology, applied sociology, business, computer science, nursing , information design technology, and telecommunications. The school of Information Systems and Engineering Technology also has undergraduate ABET accredited programs in electrical, mechanical, industrial and civil engineering technologies.

In the early nineties the economy of the central New York was slowing down because of industrial closure, downsizing and layoffs in the military and civilian sectors. The employees in a small and medium sized corporation had to have knowledge in a wide range of advanced technologies in addition to their area of expertise. In order to respond to these needs, a practice oriented, interdisciplinary, Master of Science Program 1 in Advanced technology was launched in the Fall of 1996 by including courses from the departments of electrical, mechanical and industrial engineering technologies. The objective was to prepare the students in a wide range of engineering and technology practices so that they could help to improve the productivity at their place of work. All the courses included in the program were of applied nature and had applications to industry. The students accepted in the program were mainly graduates of engineering technology programs from the areas of electrical, mechanical and industrial. At the time of starting the program, there was no other Master of Science program in the Northeast where graduates from engineering technology programs could continue their studies for Master’s “Proceeding of the 2001 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition copyright © 2001, American Society for Engineering Education”

Hsie, A., & Ishaq, N., & Qazi, S. (2001, June), A Cohort Master Of Science Program In Advanced Technology Paper presented at 2001 Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico. 10.18260/1-2--9002

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