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Training Engineers for Professional Management through the Doctor of Engineering Degree

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Tampa, Florida

Publication Date

June 15, 2019

Start Date

June 15, 2019

End Date

June 19, 2019

Conference Session

Non-Traditional Doctoral Programs

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Graduate Studies

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Rachal E. Thomassie Texas A&M University Orcid 16x16

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Rachal Thomassie is the Assistant Director of Interdisciplinary Engineering Programs at Texas A&M University. She holds a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering and an M.S. degree in Interdisciplinary Engineering from Texas A&M University. She has over five years of industry experience in mechanical design and systems engineering and over eight years of experience in higher education. She founded two mechanical engineering affiliated student organizations and a departmental Student Ambassador program. She also co-developed an orientation course for first-semester students in the major. She continually looks for ways to enhance student learning, development and career preparedness.

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Timothy J. Jacobs Texas A&M University

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Associate Professor in Department of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University

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This abstract submission is in response to an invitation to participate in a Doctor of Engineering panel being organized for the Graduate Studies sessions.

This institution’s Doctor of Engineering program has the objective to provide advanced leadership and technical skills to junior-level and mid-career engineers. Such engineers have suitable experience in the workforce yet seek career advancement that only an advanced degree could offer. This program has three components: technical, leadership and management. The goal is to prepare graduates for career advancement in the technical management arena.

The program generally builds upon previous technical knowledge and enhances technical skills in a particular area chosen by the student. It is possible, however, for a student to build knowledge in a particular area that veers from previous education but aligns with work experience. Graduates from the Doctor of Engineering program generally find placement in an upper management position in which s/he is leading other engineers or a technical workgroup.

Other institutions have similar programs or are seeking to create such programs. This paper would describe in detail the aspects of this program, how it was formed and is implemented, and current revisions being considered. The hope of the authors is to participate in a panel session with similar programs at other institutions providing a forum to discuss and share similarities, differences and lessons learned.

Thomassie, R. E., & Jacobs, T. J. (2019, June), Training Engineers for Professional Management through the Doctor of Engineering Degree Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--33454

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