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Modifications of Engineering Management Program at California State University NorthridgeThis paper discusses an innovative restructuring of the graduate program in EngineeringManagement (EM) at California State University, Northridge (CSUN) which includes revisedrequirements as well as new methods of teaching. A number of new core and elective courseshave been introduced, at the graduate level, to shift our old program from an emphasis ontheories that are typically learnt in traditional Engineering Management programs, to skills thatengineers need for managing technical professionals in modern corporations. Some of our newcourses focus on globalization of engineering practices as well as other industry requirements,which would expose students more to real-life situations and thus make them moremarketable.Our EM delivery techniques are also switching the focus from teaching by lecturing, to learningby application. This is done by splitting our courses into a number of mini projects; any theorythat our students need to learn will be taught as one or several of the mini projects analyzed.The mini-projects are intentionally selected to contain a lot of data and information, notnecessarily all of which are used for addressing the key questions about the project. This willhelp our students to gain hands-on experience and confidence in tackling the challenges thatthe ambiguity of real-world problems present.The authors also discuss in this paper their experience in creating a student association of EMnamed Engineering Management Student’s Association (EMSA) which promotes establishingrelationship of practitioners of EM in industry with EM students/faculty at CSUN. Among otheractivities, EMSA has so far conducted a number of seminars and workshops at CSUN by invitingprominent figures in industry to come to campus present their industry experiences to classesin our program.
Kabirian, A., & Gandhi, S. J., & Costea, I., & Sarfaraz, A. R., & Rajai, M. (2013, June), Modifications of Engineering Management Program at California State University Northridge Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--22297
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