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Engineering Management Creating Individuals with a Mind for Business and a Heart for Engineering The Professional Science Masters (PSM) is an up and coming interdisciplinarygraduate degree that is nationally recognized. A PSM degree educates students inScience, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) while introducing them tothe logistics of the business industry behind the science. At our institution this degreetakes form as the Masters of Science in Professional Science (MSPS) program. This isone of the fastest growing graduate degree programs at our institute. At its inception theprogram housed concentrations in biotechnology and biostatistics. Due to the greatsuccess of the program and its graduates the program has expanded the subsequent skillsets available to incoming students including concentrations in actuarial sciences,geosciences, and health care informatics. One of the most resent and arguably the mostbeneficial additions to the program has been that of the Engineering Managementconcentration. The goal of the Engineering Management program is to create individuals with amind for business and a heart of a scientist. The Engineering Management degree isoriented to Engineering Systems and Manufacturing undergraduate students and thosewith a related STEM degree. The Engineering Management concentration requiresstudents to take core courses such as Managerial Communications, Leadership andMotivation, and Accounting and Legal Issues for Mangers. In addition, at the heart of theprofessional science degree is the 250-hour internship that students are required toperform at the end of their course work. This internship allows students to gain real-world working experience in an industry setting while performing a company specifiedproject. It also gives students the opportunity to network with future employers. TheMSPS program and the internship process have garnered recognition both at the local andnational level. The success of the program is further illustrated by the fact that theprogram has a 95% graduation rate and more than 70% of its graduates are employed bythe companies where they completed their internship. Along with its sister subsets the Engineering Management concentration isdesigned to reinforce the ideal of the symbiotic relationship between science andindustry. Engineering Management, as an integration of two colleges and severaldepartments teaches students the interpersonal, leadership, management, and engineeringskills needed for success in manufacturing, industry, and business. The program requiresstudents to take courses focusing on project management, safety planning, researchmethods, and technology trends. Additionally through the coursework offered by theEngineering Management degree the students gain credit towards their ProjectManagement Institute (PMI) and also have the ability to gain full certification in bothLean and Six-Sigma methodologies. Certifications which are highly sought after intoday’s ever competitive job market.
Foroudastan, S. D., & prater thompson, B. E. (2013, June), Engineering Management Creating Individuals with a Mind for Business and a Heart for Engineering Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. https://peer.asee.org/19530
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