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A First-Year Introduction to Engineering Management Design Course

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


New Orleans, Louisiana

Publication Date

June 26, 2016

Start Date

June 26, 2016

End Date

August 28, 2016





Conference Session

Developing Better Engineering Managers - Curricular Ideas from Year 1 Through Graduate School

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Engineering Management

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Amy K. Zander Clarkson University

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Amy K. Zander is a Professor and the Director of the Engineering and Management program at Clarkson University, Potsdam, N.Y. She has been an engineering educator since 1991 and a member of ASEE since 1993. She holds M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in civil engineering from the University of Minnesota. She is a licensed professional engineer.

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A two-semester first-year undergraduate course was designed as the introductory course(s) in the engineering management major. The course is open only to engineering management majors and has broad objectives that touch on many aspects of the major in an introductory fashion. It also touches many aspects of the ABET engineering criteria. In the course students work in teams to perform two engineering designs. In the first semester the design is prescriptive and is used as a tool to teach and learn engineering design tools of Microsoft Excel, MathWorks MATLAB, and Autodesk Inventor. The students also learn basics of teaming, the engineering design process, the meaning of real world constraints, design for the environment, and ethics. The students present their designs in oral and written fashion at the end of the semester. In the second semester, the design process is opened up to the teams and a real-world design is undertaken. The design in the second semester involves a local real world client and incorporates performing the engineering design and learning the basic tools of project management, supply chain management, accounting and operations management to prepare a business plan around the project design. The product and business plan are presented orally and in a written business plan and presented to the real world client. Some of the designs from this second semester course have been adopted by the client in recent years.

This paper presents the pedagogy behind having such an introductory design experience in engineering management and relates the method by which the varied objectives can be addressed in the first undergraduate year.

Zander, A. K. (2016, June), A First-Year Introduction to Engineering Management Design Course Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26315

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