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Creation of a Graduate program in Engineering management with a concentration in Safety Engineering: Application of basic Six Sigma principles to Curriculum Design
This paper presents an educational effort to develop a curriculum in engineering management with a concentration in safety engineering at a university in the southeast United States. This program is offered both at the graduate level as well as some courses being offered at the dual level. Both online learning as well as classroom learning is adopted to maximize outreach and address the needs of a growing population of students.
Safety and hazardous waste management constitute the two principal pillars of program development. This paper presents an overview of the curriculum. It also examines the application of Six Sigma principles to curriculum development. This was done in order to ensure quality of the program and to expressly address needs of students and industry.
A Master of Science in Engineering Management degree is designed to help technical professionals take the next step in their careers as they ‘graduate’ to a management oriented career. Such a degree prepares technical professionals to deal with topics such as cost management, world-class manufacturing, workplace safety and ergonomics, leadership, and quality control. This paper deals with a curriculum development effort which was recently undertaken at a university in the southeast United States for development of a concentration in safety engineering.
Any degree in engineering management with a concentration in safety engineering is generally found to be targeted towards principally four kinds of audiences. The first type of audience constitutes professionals and graduate students who have a background in Safety Engineering, Ergonomics, Industrial management, engineering, engineering technology program graduates from universities across the United States. We thought it imperative that our program be able to serve not only local community and regional students, but cater to the needs of the country as a whole. The second group constitutes international students with a background in industrial engineering, engineering technology, safety engineering, workplace management etc. This way, greater exposure can be gained in terms of not only expertise but the program can be enriched by means of varied types of experience. Technical students who are working in order to gain higher credentials in order to advance in their careers to administrative positions constitute the third category of potential students. These students generally tend to have anywhere from about 3-5 years work experience on average before they join the program. Finally, Internal graduates of our own undergraduate programs in the areas of industrial management and engineering technology round off the universe of potential students.
Desai, A., & Thomassian, J. (2010, June), Creation Of A Graduate Program In Safety Engineering: Application Of Basic Six Sigma Principles To Curriculum Design Paper presented at 2010 Annual Conference & Exposition, Louisville, Kentucky. https://peer.asee.org/15881
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