New Orleans, Louisiana
June 26, 2016
June 26, 2016
August 28, 2016
The [Univesity] has been a pioneer in the discipline of Technical Management and Systems Engineering education, offering its first graduate courses in Technical Management and Systems Engineering in the 1980s. As part of an ongoing effort to provide education leadership, and currency in our program offerings, the school conducted a comprehensive assessment of Engineering Management (EM) course offerings in not only in our current Technical Management program, but also at other institutions throughout the country. This study led to the development of a comprehensive new Masters in Engineering Management degree for professionals.
In designing the program, we proactively expanded beyond the traditional curriculum found in most Engineering Management Programs, and focused specific attention on the development of technical leaders for the executive level track. We specifically addressed, the Engineering/Development Executive, Manufacturing Executive, and Chief Technology Officer roles and career paths. This paper describes our approach and the components of our new capstone course, which includes executive case studies and hands-on projects enabling students to work in groups on challenging technical leadership situations. In addition, the paper describes how we facilitate the interaction of the students with leading executives by using in-class review panels, which offer feedback to the student teams, to challenge their assumptions and proposed management approaches. Included in these discussions are not only the technical challenges, but also the human resource, social and personal challenges of the ever-changing work force and society.
The paper further describes our spiral development approach, executed by a team which was comprised of technical executives and faculty with extensive experience in technical leadership at executive levels, coupled with backgrounds in both systems engineering as well as education. In addition to the development of the core curriculum, the paper also describes how the team constructed customized case studies, used in conjunction with the course lectures, to provide the students the scenarios needed to understand the roles and relationships of the different executive leaders.
The paper will also provide a discussion of the hybrid delivery methodology combining face-to-face, net meeting, and asynchronous on-line delivery to accommodate the challenging schedules of students who are also full-time working professionals. The paper concludes with lessons-learned feedback based on the first two offerings of the course in Spring / Fall 2015 semesters.
Suter, J. J., & Tarchalski, S., & Theodori, J. G., & Beaty, J. D., & McLoughlin, M., & Blank, R. W. (2016, June), Putting Engineering Management on the Executive Track Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26019
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