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Using Abet Assessment Requirements As A Catalyst For Change: Enhancing And Streamlining The Engineering Management Undergraduate Program At Missouri S&T

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2009 Annual Conference & Exposition

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Austin, Texas

Publication Date

June 14, 2009

Start Date

June 14, 2009

End Date

June 17, 2009

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Engineering Management Program Design

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Engineering Management

Page Count

8

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14.1311.1 - 14.1311.8

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https://peer.asee.org/5077

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Stephen Raper Missouri University of Science and Technology

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Stephen A. Raper is an Associate Professor of Engineering Management and the Associate Chair of Undergraduates studies in the Engineering Management & Systems Engineering Department at the Missouri University of Science & Technology. He received the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Engineering Management from the department and focuses most of his efforts on teaching, advising and administrative activities related to the undergraduate program, and is also an incoming advisor for new and freshman students campus wide.

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Susan Murray Missouri University of Science and Technology

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Susan L. Murray is an Associate Professor in the Engineering Management and Systems Engineering Department at the Missouri University of Science and Technology. Dr. Murray received her B.S. and Ph.D. in industrial engineering from Texas A&M University. Her M.S. is also in industrial engineering from the University of Texas-Arlington. She is a professional engineer in Texas. Her research and teaching interests include human systems integration, productivity improvement, human performance, ergonomics, and engineering education. Prior to her academic position, she spent seven years working in industry including two years at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center.

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Christa Weisbrook Missouri University of Science and Technology

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William Daughton University of Missouri

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Using ABET Assessment Requirements As a Catalyst for Change: Enhancing and Streamlining the Engineering Management Undergraduate Program at Missouri S&T

Abstract The Engineering Management (EM) undergraduate degree program at Missouri University of Science & Technology (formerly University of Missouri-Rolla) was the first program of its kind. The program started over 40 years ago and it is one of only five ABET accredited undergraduate EM programs [1]. The initial degree program included a senior year of management courses in conjunction with three years of courses in common engineering disciplines such as mechanical, electrical, and civil engineering. In the 1990s the program underwent a major restructure and students combined core engineering management classes with an emphasis area inside the department. Industrial, manufacturing, packaging, and quality engineering emphasis were added as well as management of technology, while maintaining the ability to pursue traditional engineering emphasis areas.

Recently major changes were made to extend the set of core courses and to streamline the technical emphasis areas. The need for these changes was clear, but attempts to make changes in the past have proven difficult. The new, more stringent ABET accreditation criteria [2], specifically those which relate to Educational Objectives, Program Outcomes, Continuous Improvement, and Curriculum provided the needed impetus and assistance to make significant changes to the undergraduate curriculum. This paper describes the processes which were used to make the changes, and how the ABET criteria influenced these processes. In addition, we also discuss the hurdles and challenges faced as the process moved forward, ultimately leading to the revised curriculum. The paper concludes with specific recommendations for revising undergraduate curriculum in light of the current ABET guidelines.

Introduction and Program History The engineering management undergraduate degree program at the Missouri University of Science & Technology (formerly University of Missouri-Rolla) was the first program of its kind. The program was started in the mid 1960s and had its first graduating class of eight in 1968 [3]. Professor Bernard Sarchet was the founder of the department and saw the need to blend engineering, science, and technology management into a degree program that would meet engineering accreditation standards and prepare engineers to move into supervisory and management positions. The department was initially administered outside of the School of Engineering, but later became part of that school. The B.S. in Engineering Management degree program first received ABET accreditation in 1979 after the initial accreditation visit in 1978. The department received the full six-year accreditation, and has subsequently been accredited for the full six years after the visits in 1984, 1990, 1996, and 2002. The programs most recent accreditation visit occurred in Fall 2008. Currently, the program is one of five undergraduate Engineering Management programs that are accredited by ABET.

Raper, S., & Murray, S., & Weisbrook, C., & Daughton, W. (2009, June), Using Abet Assessment Requirements As A Catalyst For Change: Enhancing And Streamlining The Engineering Management Undergraduate Program At Missouri S&T Paper presented at 2009 Annual Conference & Exposition, Austin, Texas. https://peer.asee.org/5077

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