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An Analysis of Engineering Credits in ABET Accredited Engineering Management Programs

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015





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Engineering Management Division Technical Session 2

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Engineering Management

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26.172.1 - 26.172.14



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Paul J. Kauffmann P.E. East Carolina University

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Paul J. Kauffmann is Professor Emeritus and past Chair in the Department of Engineering at East Carolina University. His industry career included 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 in Virginia and North Carolina.

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John Vail Farr P.E. West Point

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John V. Farr is currently a Professor of Engineering Management and Director of the Center for Nation Reconstruction and Capacity Development at the United States Military Academy at West Point. He was the founding Director of the Department of Systems Engineering and Engineering Management at Stevens Institute of Technology and former Associated Dean for Academics School of Systems and Enterprises at Stevens. Prior to Stevens he was a Professor at West Point. He is past president and Fellow of the American Society for Engineering Management (ASEM) and a Fellow of American Society of Civil Engineering. He is a former member of the Army Science Board and the Air Force Studies Board of the National Academies. He is also an ABET Commissioner and Fulbright Scholar and was awarded the Sarchet Award by both ASEM and the American Society of Engineering Education.

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Elizabeth W Schott USMA, Department of Systems Engineering

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LTC Elizabeth Schott is currently serving as an Academy Professor and the Engineering Management Program Director at the United States Military Academy at West Point. She has over 20 years service as an Army Quartermaster Officer and Operations Research Systems Analyst. She earned her PhD in Industrial Engineering from NMSU in 2009.

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David A. Wyrick PE, PEM American Society for Engineering Management

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Dr. Wyrick is the Associate Executive Director of ASEM. He was the Dean of the School of Science and Engineering at Al-Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco, from 2012-2014. Previously, he served as the Bryan Pearce Bagley Chair of Engineering at Texas Tech University and head of the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Dr. Wyrick is a program evaluator for ABET. He is a licensed professional engineer and a certified professional engineering manager.

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An Analysis of Engineering Credits in ABET Accredited Engineering Management ProgramsThere are less than ten ABET accredited undergraduate engineering management programs inthe United States. However the ASEE data base on engineering programs and graduates showsthere are many more engineering management programs on a national basis. Although it isunclear why these programs do not pursue ABET accreditation. One possible answer may be thelack of understanding on what may or may not qualify as an engineering credit. Furthercomplicating this question is how the program criteria of engineering management are fulfilledand how that course work relates to the engineering credit count. Especially problematic in theprocess of balancing these requirements and constraints is the limit of total program credits.This paper provides a first step in analyzing these issues by surveying the current ABETengineering management programs and documenting the allocation of engineering credits alongwith how they satisfy program criteria. The paper will examine the allocation of credits andgeneralize the approach employed to accomplish the required engineering credits, the programcriteria, and the required general education. This paper will be of interest not only to theengineering management education community but also to other disciplines which are workingto address the curricular needs involving work place skills and global engineering and projectmanagement needs.

Kauffmann, P. J., & Farr, J. V., & Schott, E. W., & Wyrick, D. A. (2015, June), An Analysis of Engineering Credits in ABET Accredited Engineering Management Programs Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23511

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