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A Graduate Option In Engineering Management For Non Engineers

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2000 Annual Conference


St. Louis, Missouri

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June 18, 2000

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June 18, 2000

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June 21, 2000



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5.26.1 - 5.26.5



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William J. Daughton

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Session 2342

A Graduate Option in Engineering Management for Non-Engineers

William J. Daughton University of Colorado at Boulder


We have found a number of employees in high technology companies who are interested in graduate education in engineering management but do not meet the admission requirement of having an undergraduate degree in engineering or a closely related field. Often these individuals manage technical contributors or work closely with engineering functions in the company, and as a result, would like to improve their management success probability in the high technology environment through technical management education. We find professionals in customer service, production planning, marketing, and sales that fall into this category in a typical company. In addition, we even occasionally have an interest from individuals from non- traditional engineering organizations such as physicians and biologists. To serve this population we have recently created a Professional Certification in Engineering Management. This certification broke new ground on the Boulder campus being the first of this type to be approved by the Graduate School.


The Lockheed Martin Engineering Management Program (the Program) is in its 12th year of offering a Master of Engineering degree for working engineers preparing for early management assignments. The degree is offered both locally on campus, in the Denver metropolitan area via live television, and around the world asynchronously using videotapes. The nature and content of the degree program and the use of modern communication technology to engage remote students in this program have been describe previously by this author.1-3

In recent years we have begun to receive some inquiries from non-engineering professionals that have become familiar with the Program. Some of these individuals work in the same companies where our the Program is being taken by engineers, while others have seen the Program described on our website.4 The nature of the inquiries is similar to that of the engineers who investigate our program. These professionals are seeking education in principles and concepts of technical management so that they can be successful in pursuing management opportunities in high technology industry and be capable of conversing on technical management issues with their engineering counterparts.

Daughton, W. J. (2000, June), A Graduate Option In Engineering Management For Non Engineers Paper presented at 2000 Annual Conference, St. Louis, Missouri. 10.18260/1-2--8417

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