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A Distance Education Graduate Course In Engineering Economics: Results And Lessons Learned

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2006 Annual Conference & Exposition


Chicago, Illinois

Publication Date

June 18, 2006

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June 18, 2006

End Date

June 21, 2006



Conference Session

New Topics in Engineering Economics

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Engineering Economy

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11.42.1 - 11.42.8



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Leslie Pagliari East Carolina University

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Leslie R. Pagliari is an Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator of the Distribution and Logistics Program at East Carolina University. She received her PhD in Engineering Management and her MS degree in Technology Systems with specialization in Occupational Safety. She has industry experience with Procter and Gamble and has consulted in various areas such as safety in the workplace, distribution and warehousing issues, and effective supply chain strategies.

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Gene Dixon East Carolina University

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Gene Dixon is an Assistant Professor and Director of ECU Engineering, Inc. at East Carolina University. His research interests include engineering management themes including leadership, followership, team work, organizational culture and trust. Before coming to ECU, he worked in various positions in industry for Chicago Bridge and Iron, E. I. DuPont, Westinghouse Electric, CBS, Viacom and the Washington Group. Dr. Dixon received a BS in Material Engineering from Auburn University, an MBA from Nova Southeastern University and PhD in Industrial and System Engineering and Engineering Management from The University of Alabama Huntsville.

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Paul Kauffmann East Carolina University

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Paul J. Kauffmann is Professor and Chair in the Department of Engineering Technology at Old Dominion University. His previous position at ODU was in the Department of Engineering Management. Prior to his academic career, he worked in industry where he held positions as Plant Manager and Engineering Director. Dr. Kauffmann received a BS degree in Electrical Engineering and MENG in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech. He received his Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from Penn State and is a registered Professional Engineer.

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Merwan Mehta East Carolina University

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Merwan Mehta, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor at East Carolina University. He has for over twenty years experience as a machine tool design engineer, manufacturing engineer, manager, and consultant. His teaching and research interests are improving manufacturing productivity through lean principles and the pursuit of quality and variation control through six-sigma principles. Dr. Mehta is a senior member of IIE and Society of Manufacturing Engineering (SME), a member of National Association of Industrial Technologists and American Society for Quality (ASQ). He is a Certified Manufacturing Engineer by SME and is an ASQ Certified Six-Sigma Black Belt.

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A Distance Education Graduate Course in Engineering Economics: Results and Lessons Learned


This paper examines a core course in the Master of Science Technology Systems (MS TS) and Master of Science Occupational Safety (MS OS) programs at East Carolina University and examines lessons learned in critical areas. The course, Capital Project and Cost Analysis for Technology, covers the essentials of engineering economics focused to meet the needs of working technology managers. The paper reviews distance graduate student opinion on learning objectives and course content. It also examines the use of various distance education methodologies employed to deliver this course to online students.


Engineering economics is an essential tool for undergraduate engineering and technology students, but is even more essential for graduate students in professional master’s programs. East Carolina University (ECU) offers distance education (DE) graduate masters program (MS in Technology Systems and MS in Occupational Safety) for technology-based managers. The students in the program encompass backgrounds ranging from engineering and business, to networking and bio manufacturing. From a curricular content and focus perspective, these programs are positioned between the MBA and the master’s in engineering management as shown in Exhibit 1. For example, a primary program goal of the MS in Technology Systems (MS TS) is the professional development of individuals in technology leadership positions. This may include individuals with undergraduate engineering degrees, but more often covers a range of technology and business undergraduate areas.

Exhibit 1: Content Comparison of Master’s Programs Increasing Traditional Business Content

Master of Engineering Master of Technology Master of Business Management Systems Administration

Increasing Mathematical Analysis and Technology Content

A core course in this MS TS and MS OS programs covers the essentials of engineering economics focused to meet the needs of working technology managers. This paper examines

Pagliari, L., & Dixon, G., & Kauffmann, P., & Mehta, M. (2006, June), A Distance Education Graduate Course In Engineering Economics: Results And Lessons Learned Paper presented at 2006 Annual Conference & Exposition, Chicago, Illinois. 10.18260/1-2--766

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