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Growth Of A Young Engineering Management Program

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2006 Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Chicago, Illinois

Publication Date

June 18, 2006

Start Date

June 18, 2006

End Date

June 21, 2006

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

EM Program Trend and Development

Tagged Division

Engineering Management

Page Count

7

Page Numbers

11.674.1 - 11.674.7

DOI

10.18260/1-2--329

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https://peer.asee.org/329

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Yesim Sireli University of North Carolina-Charlotte

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Yesim Sireli is an Assistant Professor at the Engineering Management Program at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She received a Ph.D. degree in Engineering Management from Old Dominion University, and also holds MSc and BSc degrees in Electrical Engineering. Her research interests include business forecasting, decision analysis, customer-oriented product development, quality management, and technology management.

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S. Gary Teng University of North Carolina-Charlotte

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S. Gary Teng is the Director of Engineering Management Program and Center for Lean Logistics and Engineered Systems at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He holds B.E., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Industrial Engineering. Dr. Teng holds a Professional Engineer license in the State of Wisconsin and is certified by American Society for Quality as a Certified Quality Engineer and Reliability Engineer. His research interests are in engineering system design and analysis, lean systems design and implementation, logistics systems and supply chain management, and quality and reliability engineering.

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Ertunga Ozelkan University of North Carolina-Charlotte

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Ertunga Ozelkan is an Assistant Professor at the Engineering Management Program and the Associate Director of the Center for Lean Logistics and Engineered Systems at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He received a Ph.D. degree in Systems and Industrial Engineering from the University of Arizona. His current research interests include supply chain management, decision analysis, and optimization.

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Growth of a Young Engineering Management Program Abstract

The Engineering Management Program of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC) is a master’s level program founded in Fall 2000, offering courses together with the College of Business Administration and focusing on establishing close ties with the industry. Over the past few years, it increased the number of its faculty as well as the variety of courses in its curriculum. Recently, UNCC decided to transform this program into a new Systems Engineering and Engineering Management Department. This transition requires the development of a roadmap for the Engineering Management Program to follow towards becoming a department. Consequently, the goal of this study is to identify the objectives of the new department and determine the activities that should take place to realize those objectives. This study uses a Quality Function Deployment (QFD) analysis to achieve its goal.

I. Introduction

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s Engineering Management Master’s Program was founded in Fall 2000 following the industry demand in the fast growing Charlotte area, as Teng and Shelnutt stated in their paper1. The program’s objective was to serve the industry’s needs around the campus and its first student body included mostly full-time career individuals. Over the past few years, the program grew, served full-time as well as part-time students, and added new members to its faculty as well as a new variety of courses to its curriculum. Recently, UNCC decided to transform this program into a Systems Engineering and Engineering Management Department, starting with a Bachelor’s degree in Systems Engineering. The program faculty are in the process of identifying the objectives that are important for establishing a new department and the activities to achieve those objectives. Similar to the goals of the program, the department is expected to serve the industry. Offering a competitive and distinguished curriculum, developing an impressive research portfolio, providing students with an effective learning environment are believed to be important objectives of the new department. Student recruitment and retention, faculty recruitment and retention, and domestic and international recognition of the department are also natural objectives that a new department should consider.

The purpose of this study is to determine the necessary activities to meet the requirements of a well-founded Systems Engineering and Engineering Management Department. A QFD analysis is used to identify the most important activities.

II. QFD Application

The QFD application starts with the selection of requirements and candidate activities to meet those requirements. Then, the importance levels of the requirements are determined. After that, the relationship matrix is completed, which ties the activities to the requirements. And finally, the absolute and relative importance values of all activities are calculated and consequently the most important activity list is achieved. All these actions are conducted based on a consensus reached by the current faculty of the Engineering Management Program. This section discusses

Sireli, Y., & Teng, S. G., & Ozelkan, E. (2006, June), Growth Of A Young Engineering Management Program Paper presented at 2006 Annual Conference & Exposition, Chicago, Illinois. 10.18260/1-2--329

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