June 18, 2006
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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.
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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