June 15, 2019
June 15, 2019
June 19, 2019
Engineering Management (EM) as a graduate program has become increasingly popular in the last several decades, thus offered by many universities worldwide. EM evolved from a business management graduate program where primary focus is on the business attributes (e.g. economics, marketing). The primary focus and emphasis of EM program is on both technical expertise and general management aspects such as project management, operations, business management and leadership. Technical tools are imparted in an EM graduate program today include modelling, advanced statistics, quality, operations research and technology assessment.
Major world corporations, governments, and non-profits are now actively engaged in implementing sustainability related projects with the goal of balancing economics, environment, and equity (or social justice), generally known as the 3Es. Sustainability is becoming so important that the American Society of Engineering Management is in the process of publishing its special sustainability issue with features focused on the 3Es. Key technical and EM tools in modern EM programs are becoming necessary for today’s leaders for the implementation of sustainability projects. The rigor, tools and methodologies of an EM graduate program easily enables implementation of sustainability projects during EM’s capstone project courses. These projects provide hands-on experience to satisfy both the short and long-term goals of an organization.
This paper demonstrates how several sustainability capstone projects related to energy and recycling were implemented as a part of EM’s capstone courses. The example projects were sponsored by energy utilities and other organizations. They describe EM’s rigor, models and methodologies used to demonstrate how sustainability principles can be effective assimilated into graduate EM capstone courses. With no change to any EM curriculum, student teams were successful in implementing sustainability related projects in their capstone course. This paper will also present ideas of how sustainability related projects can be assimilated in other programs using existing curriculum.
Radhakrishnan, B. D., & Pettit, T. J. (2019, June), Assimilating Sustainability Concepts in Engineering Management Graduate Program Capstone Projects Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--32132
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