June 26, 2011
June 26, 2011
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A Leadership-Focused Engineering Management Master of Science ProgramEngineers are currently underrepresented both as thought leaders and as actual leaders incorporations, government, and society at large. The complex, technology-rich problemswe face today – sustainable development, infrastructure deterioration, the re-industrialization of America’s economy, among others – will require innovativeengineers who understand the broader context in which they operate and the widerconsequences of the solutions they develop. This paper describes the basic philosophy,architecture, and pedagogy of a leadership-focused MSEM degree program at TuftsUniversity.The program has undergone continuous improvement since 1992, when the independentGordon Institute became part of Tufts. Differentiating features include a significant focuson imparting leadership knowledge and skills tailored to engineers in professionalpractice, a modular course architecture that allows for immediate application of thoseleadership skills, and an emphasis on experiential learning with real, open-ended projectsin technology-based organizations.The Tufts MSEM is a pragmatically oriented program primarily targeted at workingprofessionals. Coursework includes quantitative methods and decision-making; businessand technology strategy in an increasingly globalized world; operations, project andprogram management; business communications; and financial concepts. Thiscoursework, delivered by Professors of the Practice and lecturers from industry andgovernment, is bookended by leadership studies and training and team and individualproject leadership activities.The leadership curriculum begins with skills diagnostics and includes leadership indiverse environments, understanding of self and others, effective leadershipcommunications, and inspiring teams and organizations. An entire course is devoted toleadership and ethics as seen through the lens of classical and popular literature andcinema. In addition to classroom-based projects, students complete team consultingassignments for technology-based firms and individual leadership projects that take theplace of a traditional Master’s thesis.The paper includes student and industry demographics for the program and ongoingoutcomes assessment.
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