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A Comprehensive Analysis of Current and Future Offerings of Risk Management Topics in the Engineering Management Curriculum

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


New Orleans, Louisiana

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June 26, 2016

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June 26, 2016

End Date

June 29, 2016





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Engineering Management: Six Sigma, Data Modeling, and Risk Management

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Engineering Management

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Maryam Tabibzadeh California State University, Northridge

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Maryam Tabibzadeh, PhD, is an Assistant Professor at the Manufacturing Systems Engineering and Management Department, California State University, Northridge. She received her PhD in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Southern California. Her research has been focused on risk analysis in complex, safety-critical and technology-intensive industries. In her PhD dissertation, she concentrated on risk analysis of human and organizational factors, along with technical elements, in offshore drilling safety with an emphasis on negative pressure test. She has been able to present and publish papers in the area of risk assessment and safety management in different conferences and scientific journals.

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S. Jimmy Gandhi California State University, Northridge

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Dr. S. Jimmy Gandhi is an assistant professor at California State University, Northridge. His research interests and the courses he teaches includes Quality Management, Lean Manufacturing, Innovation & Entrepreneurship,Sustainability as well as research in the field of Engineering Education. He has over 30 conference and journal publications and has brought in over $500K in research grants to The California State University, Northridge.

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The dynamic society in which we live is full of uncertainties. The component of risk is present in all systems settings and it is becoming increasingly prevalent in this rapidly changing and interactively complex society. As a result, risk management concepts and methods have become a critical topic to be understood by engineers and engineering managers.

Historically, risk management was typically focused on schedule and cost analysis and considered a topic for upper management to deal with. However, as projects become more complex and the uncertainty associated with technical aspects of them increases, the risks related to not only those projects but also the environment have to be considered from a holistic or systemic perspective. In this dynamic environment, it is important for engineers and engineering managers to understand various aspects of risk management such as risk identification, risk tracking, risk impact assessment, risk prioritization and risk mitigation planning, implementation and progress monitoring.

In this paper, the authors review all the existing courses in their Engineering Management (EM) program and analyze the current offerings of risk management topics in the presented curriculum to future engineering management graduates. Based on this analysis, they will then make recommendations on how to incorporate risk management aspects, in an integrated way, into the curriculum of various courses in their EM program. The goal of conducting this study is to provide a systemic or holistic perspective on risk management to engineering management graduates, which will more effectively prepare them to serve in scientific and engineering communities and industries.

Tabibzadeh, M., & Gandhi, S. J. (2016, June), A Comprehensive Analysis of Current and Future Offerings of Risk Management Topics in the Engineering Management Curriculum Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26291

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