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Perhaps a Shift in Direction in Engineering Management Education: A Discussion and Work in Progress of Adding Data Modeling Topics to the Foundation of an EM Curriculum

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


New Orleans, Louisiana

Publication Date

June 26, 2016

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June 26, 2016

End Date

June 29, 2016





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Engineering Management: Six Sigma, Data Modeling, and Risk Management

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Engineering Management

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Kate D. Abel Stevens Institute of Technology (School of Engineering and Science)

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Kate Abel serves as the as the Director of the Bachelor of Engineering in Engineering Management Program in the School of Systems and Enterprises at Stevens Institute of Technology. She holds a Ph.D. in Technology Management and Applied Psychology. She has held several professional service positions, including the President of the Engineering Management Division of the American Society for Engineering Education and the President of Epsilon Mu Eta, the Engineering Management Honor Society. She teaches courses in Total Quality Management, Engineering Economics, Entrepreneurial Analysis of Engineering Design, Statistics for Engineering Managers, Management of Engineering and Technology, and Senior Design. Her research areas include knowledge engineering, as well as knowledge and information management. She is a member of the Board of Advisors at West Point for the Department of Systems Engineering. She is also a member of several professional societies, including ASEE, ASEM, ASME, and EMH.

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Traditionally, the Engineering Management body of knowledge contains topics such as project management, financial resource planning, and the management of technology, etc. But are these traditional tools enough to prepare an Engineering Management student for the ever more technologically complex and data driven corporate world of the 2020’s? More recently systems engineering concepts have been added to the Engineering Management Body of Knowledge. Is this now enough? XXXX thinks not. Over the past few semesters, XXX has begun to incorporate the concepts of informatics and other data analytics and modeling topics into its curriculum. Recent alumni, and cooperative education students alike, have been impressed with the quality and quantity of employment prospects. Should other Engineering Management programs consider the addition of such topics to their curriculums? This article will discuss the pros and the pushbacks to the addition of not so traditional topics to a traditional Engineering Management curriculum.

Abel, K. D. (2016, June), Perhaps a Shift in Direction in Engineering Management Education: A Discussion and Work in Progress of Adding Data Modeling Topics to the Foundation of an EM Curriculum Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.25888

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