The six MEM courses that are offered as part of this program can also be put to other uses. These additional uses are summarized below:
MBA Electives: MBA students can take up to two MEM 700-level courses as MBA electives.
MBA Plus: The MEM courses are available to applicants who already hold a graduate degree. By taking four of the six (excluding any they took during their MBA program) students will earn an MBA Plus Certificate in Engineering Management.
Engineering Management Certificate: Finally, prospective students who do not desire a master’s degree but would like a professional certification in this area will be able to complete just these six courses and earn a Graduate Certificate in Engineering Management. The admission requirements and application process for the Engineering Management Certificate will be identical to those for the MEM degree.
MEM 701 Managing Emerging Technologies
Cr. 2. This course will help students understand the nature of emerging technologies and how they impact the management of technical teams. Students will gain an understanding of currently emerging technologies, as well as a historical context to help them understand the long-term technological trends that impact business in all fields. Required for MEM students, open to MBA students as an enhancement elective.
MEM 702 Managing International Teams
Cr. 2. This course helps students understand the critical role that international teams play in successfully managing technical teams. Special consideration will be given to managing virtual global teams and accommodating cross-cultural differences. Required for MEM students, open to MBA students as an enhancement elective.
MEM 703 Best Practices for Managing Technical Teams
Cr. 2. This course introduces and discusses issues that affect managers of technical teams. The topics to be discussed will evolve, but they will typically include six sigma, lean manufacturing, and ISO 9000. Required for MEM students, open to MBA students as an enhancement elective.
MEM 704 Intellectual Property
Cr. 2. This course introduces the issues surrounding copyrights, trademarks, and patents and their significance to a manager of a technical team. Special emphasis will be placed on patent law, patent applications, and working with patent attorneys. Required for MEM students, open to MBA students as an enhancement elective.
MEM 705 Creativity and Innovation
Cr. 2. This course deals with the cycle of product and service development. This process includes generating innovative ideas, evaluating their potential, and championing them through to become successful products and services. Required for MEM students, open to MBA students as an enhancement elective.
MEM 706 Project Management
Cr. 2. This course introduces the skills and tasks of project management. A variety of different types of projects and the needs of each are explored. The course focuses on defining projects; identifying objectives, outcomes, and customer needs; building a plan and identifying resource needs; identifying team members and various roles; creating a schedule and establishing milestones; and conducting reviews, meetings and communication. Required for MEM students, open to MBA students as an enhancement elective.