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The Development Of An Msem Program With A Close Tie To Industry

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2002 Annual Conference


Montreal, Canada

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June 16, 2002

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June 16, 2002

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June 19, 2002



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New Programs and Success Stories

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7.1138.1 - 7.1138.9



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J. William Shelnutt

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S. Gary Teng

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The Development of an MSEM Program with a Close Tie to Industry

S. Gary Teng, J. William Shelnutt Engineering Management Graduate Program The University of North Carolina at Charlotte


The University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC) has started up a new Master’s program in Engineering Management in Year 2000. It is a program designed to have close ties with industry, to meet student and industry needs, and to enhance Engineering Management (EMGT) education. With just over a year, faculty members have revised the program curriculum to further enhance program collaborations with industry. In this paper, the discussion will cover the philosophy of the curriculum development, the offering of some Engineering Management courses with the involvement of companies, and the issues involved in building ties with industries. The examples of course offerings with industry’s involvement include an advanced project management course, an industrial and technology management seminar course, and a legal issues in engineering management course.


The growth in the demand of Engineering and Technology Management education is evident by the study done by Kocaoglu 1. Same trend occurred in the fast growing Charlotte area. Because of the demand in this area, UNCC started a new M.S. in EMGT program to serve technical employees of Charlotte area industries in Fall 2000. The students/prospective students in the program are mostly full-time career individuals. They need a program that has a close tie with industry and can provide them with up-to-date real world problem solving and managerial knowledge and skills. To fulfill these needs, the faculty in this new EMGT graduate program continuously improves the curriculum and adds more real world components into the curriculum.

Reisman2 and Abbott3 stated that student involvement in actual industrial practice while pursuing the degree is very critical to the success of EMGT education. Smith4 showed that problem solving skills, leadership, and teamwork ability is absolutely necessary for students to get a good job. Tetzeli5 emphasized the importance of real world experiences in teaching students the “soft skills” in a corporate environment. At UNCC, the purpose of adding more industrial components to the EMGT curriculum is to broaden EMGT students’ view on management issues from different perspectives, to increase their interactions with leaders from various industries, and to pave their path to senior management positions.

Proceedings of the 2002 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright Ó 2002, American Society for Engineering Education

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Shelnutt, J. W., & Teng, S. G. (2002, June), The Development Of An Msem Program With A Close Tie To Industry Paper presented at 2002 Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada. 10.18260/1-2--10578

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