LaKami Baker, PhD, Auburn University
Dr. LaKami Baker serves an associate professor and managing director of the Lowder Center for Family Business at Auburn University. She teaches strategic management and entrepreneurship to undergraduate and MBA students and oversees Auburn’s Tiger Cage business plan competition. With a passion for small business and entrepreneurship, she helps her students come up with new business ideas and gather resources to implement them. Before joining Auburn, she worked at 3M Corporation for more than ten years, where she held several engineering and management positions such as technical service engineer, advanced quality engineer, and senior product marketer. Her research is focused on entrepreneurship, small business, strategy, and sustainability. Prominent journals have featured her work, and the Academy of Management highlighted her article on organizational change with the best article award. Dr. Baker earned her doctorate in organization and management studies from the University of Texas, San Antonio, and a master's in technology commercialization from University of Texas, Austin.
Rong Pan, PhD, Arizona State University
Dr. Rong Pan is an associate professor of industrial engineering at Arizona State University. Before joining ASU, he was an assistant professor at University of Texas at El Paso. His research, which has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Arizona Science Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Education, among others, examines time series analysis, reliability engineering, Bayesian statistics, and statistical process control. His work has been published in peer-reviewed journals including the Journal of Applied Statistics and Journal of Quality Technology. Dr. Pan also serves as an associate editor for the Journal of Quality and Technology. His work has won him several awards such as the Stan Ofsthum Award by the Society of Reliability. Dr. Pan holds a doctorate in industrial engineering from Pennsylvania State University, a master's in industrial engineering from Florida A&M University, and a bachelor's in engineering and materials science and engineering from Shanghai Jiao Tong University.
John Hopkins University offers several dual online MBA options. Alongside their MBA, students can earn a master's in environmental engineering, biotechnology, or environmental engineering and science.
Regardless of their second degree, all students complete the same MBA program, which includes courses in accounting, corporate finance, business law, decision models, regulatory and legal matters, and negotiation. A few online classes such as leadership in organizations, business communication, and negotiation require in-person residencies.
The biotechnology program comprises 31 courses over a span of three years. Students study a combination of biotech and business principles, gaining a better understanding of the economics of using biotechnology. The biotechnology track includes four core courses: biochemistry, cellular biology part one and two, and molecular biology. In addition, students gain an understanding of biostatistics and bioinformatics. This program is ideal for students who want to become biotechnology managers.
The environmental engineering program provides students with knowledge and skills to tackle environmental challenges. The course comprises 66 credits, spread over 28 courses. Students learn how to use innovative technology to solve complex environmental issues, while also making sound business decisions. The environmental engineering track provides students with an in-depth understanding of climate change, resource distribution, and desertification, as well as the development of sound environmental practices, waste management, public health, law, political science, and land use management. Graduates from the program can pursue a career in industries such as water supply, public health, energy regulation, and waste management.
The environmental engineering and science program is also made up of 66 credits. It teaches students how to face ecological threats while giving them an overview of the role of chemistry, geology, biology, and physics in environmental issues. The MBA component of the degree helps them create business plans and budgets while having an impact on the environment. The curriculum explores topics such as fluid mechanics, toxicology, hydrogeology, environmental microbiology, and ecology.
Arizona State University’s online MBA program is ranked among the top five in the nation by the U.S. News and World Report. The university offers two dual MBA and engineering programs, one that focuses on electrical engineering and the other on industrial engineering. These two programs provide a rich blend of management and technical education to help them advance their skills and career. The online format allows flexibility for working professionals. What’s more, the courses are taught by the same faculty that teaches the on-campus program.
Both programs comprise 56 credits. Applicants must have a year of work experience, an undergraduate degree in engineering and a minimum 3.2 GPA. In each of these dual degrees, students take 16 courses, eight of which are MBA courses, and the other eight are electrical or industrial engineering courses.
The dual degree includes courses from the W.P. Carey School of Business and the Ira Fulton Schools of Engineering. MBA courses include statistics for managers, operations and supply management, ethical issues for managers, and financial performance reporting. Students also develop leadership skills, while learning how to better serve customers and make complex decisions.
The industrial engineering track, on the other hand, includes instruction in application systems modeling, analysis skills, industrial statistics, mathematical modeling, enterprise information systems, production logistics, and analysis of complex problems. There are five electrical engineering tracks that students can choose from, including electric power and energy systems, electromagnetics, antennas, and microwave circuits, signal processing and communications, solid-state electronics, and electronic and mixed-signal circuit design.
All in all, a dual MBA/MS degree in electrical or industrial engineering can offer students the opportunity to gain a competitive edge. Both these dual programs are ideal for students who have set their sights on management level roles in engineering departments across various industries.
Purdue University’s online dual MBA/MS in engineering degree combines engineering and business know-how to help students succeed in managerial roles. Purdue offers the dual degree in partnership with the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. While Purdue University is ranked number five among the Best Online Graduate Engineering Programs, Kelley University’s online MBA program ranks third, according to the U.S. News and World Report.
The 60-credit program is divided into three segments: technical and engineering, bridge courses, and MBA courses. MBA topics include quantitative analysis, information technology, operations management, accounting information for decision-making, and economics for managers.
For the engineering part of the program, students can choose one of many concentrations, such as biomedical engineering, computational engineering, aeronautics and astronautics engineering, materials engineering, systems engineering, mechanical engineering, and industrial engineering. Engineering students looking to advance their knowledge and skills as well as gain a deeper understanding of business and management principles will find much value in this program.
The Samuel Ginn College of Engineering and College of Business offer a dual MBA and masters in industrial and systems engineering degree. Industrial engineers who wish to move into managerial roles can opt for this degree. The dual degree saves students six hours of coursework when compared to individually completing both degrees.
The program is made up of 55 credits and can be completed entirely online. The industrial and systems engineering component is made up of nine hours of core courses, a minimum of 12 hours of electives, six hours of additional electives, and one hour of seminar course. The MBA component, on the other hand, consists of 21 hours of required courses and six hours of electives.
The curriculum lays a foundation in core business topics as well as examines new technologies and their role in tackling global challenges. Students learn strategic analysis, team building, leadership, social and ethical issues, operations, manufacturing, and cost analysis. Additionally, they also delve into topics such as advanced engineering statistics, linear programming, and network flows. The coursework encourages students to think innovatively and come up with viable solutions to existing challenges. On successful completion of the degree, students can take up leadership-level engineering roles. Applicants to the dual degree program must meet requirements of both colleges.
Because quality of educators is paramount in the decision-making process for prospective engineering management students, we have compiled this list of professors to know in the field. To be the best, it helps to learn from the best.
Technology and the internet have enabled numerous entrepreneurs to see their ideas come to fruition. It is no surprise that many universities now offer courses and degree programs in technology entrepreneurship.
The main goal of operations management is to maximize profits, reduce wastage in production, and ensure that all resources (including labor and materials) are being utilized effectively.
Engineering management combines the two dynamic disciplines of engineering and business. Typically, an engineering manager will be responsible for drawing up budgets, managing projects, overseeing product design, and also collaborating with the marketing team.
Operations management is an important cog in any business wheel. This role ensures that all products and services are produced and delivered on time; there is minimum wastage of resources; and quality is maintained across all units.
As the population of the world rises, the need for more houses, schools, offices, hospitals, workspaces, and other necessary structures, increases too—and so does the need for large construction projects such as highways, bridges, roads, and railways. All of this, in turn, increases the demand for well-trained construction managers, who must not only keep track of technological advancements but also ensure they are deployed in the right way.
A master’s in engineering management is a stepping stone to leadership positions in engineering. These programs blend technical, business, and management skills to help professionals take their career to the next level.
Six Sigma is a popular management technique, which is used by successful companies such as Motorola and General Electronics. The approach, adopted by businesses globally, advocates efficient use of resources to eliminate waste and develop better processes.