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2 Engineering Management & Distance Education Chi Epsilon Graduate Seminar December 2002 Available from

3 “Real World” Engineering Most engineering work is done in the context of a “project.” Most engineering work is done in teams. Engineers must work productively in teams for projects to be successful.

4 Engineer’s undergraduate education focuses on technical knowledge and application of that knowledge via analytical problem solving. Most new engineers have no education about working on teams or management of projects. In order to advance in the profession, engineers must master these skills.

5 How are we doing? ABET Criteria

6 (a) an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering (b) an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data (c) an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs (d) an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams (e) an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems (f) an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility (g) an ability to communicate effectively (h) the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context (i) a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life- long learning (j) a knowledge of contemporary issues (k) an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

7 6(g) an ability to communicate effectively 4(h) the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context 3(d) an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams 3(f) an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility 3 (k) an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice. 2(j) a knowledge of contemporary issues 1 (b) an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data 0 (a) an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering 0 (c) an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs 0(e) an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems 0 (i) a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning

8 Engineering and Science Management html

9 History Founded at UAF in 1959 –6 th Engineering Management Program in U.S.

10 1966 Hilpert Memo to Dean The Engineering Management Program was designed for graduate engineers who have sufficient experience to be ready for supervisory and managerial assignments. –To prepare engineers in Alaska for more responsible jobs…. –To improve management of engineering operations in the State.

11 From ABET The program must demonstrate that graduates have: –an understanding of the engineering relationships between the management tasks of planning, organization, leadership, control, and the human element in production, research, and service organizations;

12 an understanding of and dealing with the stochastic nature of management systems. –designating a process having an infinite progression of jointly distributed random variables. –of, pertaining to, or arising from chance; involving probability; random –from the Greek stochastikos meaning, proceeding by guesswork.

13 1960’s Science Management –Demand for professionals in management of engineering projects –Science Management added –One program: ESM –Two degrees: Engineering Management, 84% Science Management, 16%

14 Productivity , Combined UAF, UAA, NTU –560 masters degrees Almost all work full-time and take courses in the evenings

15 Main Engineering Management Subject Areas Financial Project Management Personnel Quantitative

16 Continuing Education A professional requirement Mandated in many states Most employers encourage Looks good on your resume Management or Technical?

17 Distance Education A trend?

18 Distance Education Correspondence Schools –Engineering profession resisted –1950’s none accredited Accredited Schools –Correspondence courses –Video programs –“Independent Study”

19 Distance Ed. Electronics Video Televised Lectures Electronic Classrooms Internet –Audio –Video –UW, Intellectual Property Click on one of 250k or 56k buttons toward the bottom of the page.UW, Intellectual Property That’s the modem speed, 250k if you are on a fast system, 56k at home.

20 The title “distance education” means many different things. Here is: Good Overview from the University of Idaho.Good Overview Note many topics on left side of screen.

21 In General Distance Education from accredited schools is generally recognized and is “transferable.” Distance Education from un-accredited schools is usually not.


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