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An Innovative Approach to Offering a Global Supply Chain Class for Engineering Managers in an International Context

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


New Orleans, Louisiana

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June 26, 2016

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June 26, 2016

End Date

August 28, 2016





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Engineering Management: Supply Chain, Systems Thinking, and Lean Initiatives

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Engineering Management

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S. Jimmy Gandhi California State University, Northridge

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Dr. S. Jimmy Gandhi is an assistant professor at California State University, Northridge. His research interests and the courses he teaches includes Quality Management, Lean Manufacturing, Innovation & Entrepreneurship,Sustainability as well as research in the field of Engineering Education. He has over 30 conference and journal publications and has brought in over $500K in research grants to The California State University, Northridge.

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Andreas Jattke Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt


Ahmad R Sarfaraz California State University, Northridge

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Undergraduate instruction in Manufacturing Systems Engineering and graduate instruction in Engineering Management. Current research focuses on operations research, operations management, AHP and Fuzzy AHP, and economic analysis. Author and co-author of over 30 journal publications. Extensive industry experience and consulting in systems analysis, expert systems, and operations modeling. Recipient of Engineer’s Council Merit Award for the year 2002 and 2005. Director of Engineering Management program and graduate coordinator of the MSEM department.

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International exposure is becoming increasingly important for professionals and also for students as they are the workforce of tomorrow. According to a recent Robert Walters survey, 59% of professionals believe that international experience is either essential or extremely useful for their career. Professionals with international experience are often more sought after by employers as they can bring different practices and perspectives to the business. In order to train students in an international context, many universities are increasingly promoting international experiences amongst their students. In order to do this, as part of a Memorandum of Understanding signed recently between XYZ University in the U.S. and ABC University in Europe, the faculty have developed a new course which gives the students not only an opportunity for international exposure but also other benefits such as doing innovative research in the field, having a practical orientation to their field of study as well as attaining added social value. In this paper, the authors will be discussing the curriculum that was developed and also the innovative manner in which it was delivered to the students. This course, with a focus on supply chain management, is being currently offered in the Fall 2015 semester and will include innovative research in the design and control of international supply chains as well as methods of procurement including value engineering and cost engineering. At the end of the semester, the students will be surveyed about the pros and cons of the class and that feedback will be used to implement continuous improvement for this course offering.

Gandhi, S. J., & Jattke, A., & Sarfaraz, A. R. (2016, June), An Innovative Approach to Offering a Global Supply Chain Class for Engineering Managers in an International Context Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26214

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