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Proposing a Framework for Restructuring an Introductory Engineering Management Course for Undergraduates

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

Start Date

June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012



Conference Session

Pedagogical Advancements in Engineering Management

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Engineering Management, Systems Engineering, Engineering Economy, and Industrial Engineering

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25.1090.1 - 25.1090.11



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Kathryn D. Abel Stevens Institute of Technology

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Kate Abel serves as the Director of engineering management 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 been both the President of the Engineering Management Division of ASEE and the President of Epsilon Mu Eta, the Engineering Management Honor Society. She teaches courses in Engineering Economics, Entrepreneurial Analysis of Engineering Design, Total Quality Management, Statistics for Engineering Managers, Engineering Management, and Senior Design. Her research areas include knowledge engineering, as well as, knowledge and information management. She has published more than 20 refereed journal articles, book chapters, and conference papers.

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Anirban Ganguly Stevens Institute of Technology

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Anirban Ganguly is a lecturer with the School of Systems and Enterprises at Stevens Institute of Technology. He obtained his Ph.D. in engineering management from Stevens Institute of Technology in 2009. He also has a M.S. from Stevens in technology management and a M.B.A. from the University of Calcutta, India. His major research interest comprises innovation and technology management, enterprise agility, knowledge management, and risk management. He has co-authored more than 25 journal and conference papers, a workbook on the use of Excel in engineering economics, and two book chapters. He is one of the chapter authors for the Engineering Management Handbook.

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PROPOSING A FRAMEWORK FOR RESTRUCTURING AN INTRODUCTORY ENGINEERING MANAGEMENT COURSE FOR UNDERGRADUATESEngineering Management (EM) is concerned with the application of engineering principles to thedomain of business, project and process management. With the varied and expandingemployment opportunities of an Engineering Manager, it has become even more important forthe EM undergraduate to have an understanding of what EM encompasses, including its utility asa practical discipline, as well as, the advantages it provides industry. The purpose of this paper isto propose a framework for restructuring existing introductory EM courses for the undergraduateEngineering Management population with the intention of improving its overall effectivenessand quality.The paper proposes the use of failure analysis, and the mapping of it to various EM topics, inorder to introduce EM to the undergraduates from a different perspective than the traditional one.The goal being to intrigue the student with how EM practices could have been used, or usedbetter, to avoid the failure. The process of restructuring the Undergraduate course titled‘Management of Engineering & Technology’ at Stevens Institute of Technology is used as anillustrative example to validate the framework. The paper concludes with conclusions drawnfrom the findings, and recommendations are provided.Keywords: Engineering Management (EM), Introductory EM course, Failure analysis

Abel, K. D., & Ganguly, A. (2012, June), Proposing a Framework for Restructuring an Introductory Engineering Management Course for Undergraduates Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21847

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