June 22, 2008
June 22, 2008
June 25, 2008
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Growing an Engineering Management Program: Concentration Areas for the Future
Abstract: There has been recent growth in undergraduate Engineering Management (EM) programs in the United States., From 2003 to 2006 the number of Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET) accredited EM programs has grown from three to five: Stevens Institute of Technology, NJ; was the second ABET accredited program in the United States; getting accredited in 1992. The growth Stevens has experienced in its undergraduate EM program since its inception has been gradual and anticipated. However, since 2003, the recent upsurge in growth has been exponential and future anticipated expansion in the available programming has led to the creation of focus areas or concentrations within the overall Stevens’ EM program. The purpose of the addition of these concentrations is two fold: to allow the students to more closely align their interests with their courses and to attract more students to the EM field in general. This paper provides guidance to the expansion of one of the oldest EM programs in the country by examining the experiences and processes at Stevens Institute of Technology during its creation of the concentrations within its existing EM Program.
Introduction Despite steady growth in undergraduate Engineering Management (EM) programs in the United States, until 2003 only three EM programs were accredited by the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET): Stevens Institute of Technology, NJ; United States Military Academy, NY; and the University of Missouri Rolla, MO. But recently, there has been an upsurge in accreditation activity. In 2003 the University of Pacific was successfully accredited and Arizona State University was accredited in 2005. This is not mentioning the growth within these programs or the growth in other, not yet accredited EM programs across the country. Although there are 5 ABET accredited EM programs, there are estimated to be between 12 (Farr and Bowman) and 27 (Abel and Fernandez) EM undergraduate programs across the United States and each of these programs appears to be growing as evidenced by increased enrollments. (See for example, WestPoint growth in enrollment over 2003 – 2008.) (Trainor)
This paper provides guidance to Engineering Management programs considering expansion, by examining the experiences and processes at Stevens Institute of Technology. The paper first provides population and background on the EM program at Stevens. This is followed by a description of the Engineering Management program and its experiences and processes while implementing its new concentrations within Engineering Management. And the paper concludes with benefits of successfully implementing an expansion through focus areas or concentrations.
Population and Background of EM Program Stevens Institute of Technology is a private university located on the banks of the Hudson River across from Manhattan, in Hoboken, New Jersey. The EM Program at Stevens was first ABET accredited in 1992, and successfully re-accredited in 1998 and 2004. The EM
Abel, K. (2008, June), Growing An Engineering Management Program: Concentration Areas For The Future Paper presented at 2008 Annual Conference & Exposition, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. https://peer.asee.org/3090
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