Vaneet Aggarwal, PhD - Purdue University
Dr. Vaneet Aggarwal is a professor at the School of Industrial Engineering at Purdue University, where he teaches the mathematics of data science, scheduling in computer systems, stochastic models in operations research, and introduction to data science. Before teaching at Purdue University, Dr. Aggarwal worked at AT&T Labs-Research and Columbia University. His research explores communication networks, statistical machine learning, cloud computing, and smart grids. His work has been published in the Journal of Machine Learning Research, the IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking, the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, the International Journal of Production Research, the IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications, and the IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid. He is an associate editor for the IEEE Transactions on Communications and IEEE Transactions on Green Communications and Networking.
Dr. Aggarwal has received several awards, including the Princeton Porter Ogden Jacobus Honorific Fellowship, the IEEE Jack Neubauer Memorial Award for the best systems paper in the IEEE transactions, and the IEEE Infocom Workshop Best Paper Award. Dr. Aggarwal has a bachelor's degree from the Indian Institute of Technology and a master's and doctorate from Princeton University—all in electrical engineering.
Nil H. Ergin, PhD - Pennsylvania State University
Dr. Nil H. Ergin teaches systems engineering at Pennsylvania State University. More specifically, she teaches courses on validation and testing, systems and software architecture, systems engineering, systems verification, and requirements engineering. Her research efforts are focused on model-based systems engineering, multi-agent systems, and complex adaptive systems.
Dr. Ergin is a member of IEEE and INCOSE and has been published in the Journal of Systems Science and Systems Engineering, the Systems Engineering Journal, and the Innovations in Systems and Software Engineering Journal. Dr. Ergin completed her bachelor's degree in environmental engineering from Istanbul Technical University, as well as her master's in engineering management and her doctorate in systems engineering—both from Missouri University of Science and Technology.
Ashkan Negahban, PhD - Pennsylvania State University
Dr. Ashkan Negahban is an assistant professor of engineering management at Pennsylvania State University. He teaches courses on engineering management strategy, decision-making and risk analysis, and economics and financial studies for engineers. Before joining Pennsylvania State University, Dr. Negahban taught courses on probability, statistics, modeling, and analysis at Auburn University. His research explores application simulation in manufacturing and operations and marketing-operations management interfaces. His work has appeared in prominent journals, such as the International Journal of Production Research, the Journal of Simulation, and the Journal of Manufacturing Systems.
Dr. Negahban has received awards such as the Outstanding Doctoral Fellow Award and the ACM Special Interest Group on Simulation and Modeling (SIGSIM) Award. Dr. Negahban completed a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering and systems analysis at the University of Tehran and a master's and doctorate in industrial and systems engineering at Auburn University.
ASU offers an online master’s degree in engineering management. Students learn how to apply technical skills to on-field engineering projects, diverse teams, and operations. The program ranks among the top programs of its kind, according to the U.S. News and World Report.
The 30-credit program provides students with leadership skills in data analytics, task management, team development, and other critical areas to ensure project success. The program blends cutting-edge management and engineering principles, giving students a complete overview of leading engineering teams. Students study financial engineering, applied stochastic operations research, information systems engineering, quality management, project management, and engineering administration. At the end of the program, graduates can take up roles as systems and software managers, engineering administrators, architectural managers, engineering educators, and strategic technology developers.
Applicants must have a bachelor's or master's degree in software engineering, computer engineering, or related field, and a minimum GPA of 3.0, among other requirements.
The part-time online master’s program at Johns Hopkins University can be completed online, on-campus, or as a hybrid of both. The program teaches students to solve technical organizational problems and challenges. Highly ranked by the U.S. News and World Report and other entities, the program is ideal for working professionals.
The program comprises a total of ten courses— five core and five concentration—that must be completed within five years. Students take classes in financial and contract management, structural mechanics, an introduction to project management, electronic materials, principles of bioinformatics, the foundations of software engineering, and the foundations of algorithms. The program teaches students to analyze and interpret data, solve challenges, become recognized professional leaders, and champions of innovation. Upon completion of the program, students can take up leadership positions and increased technical responsibilities.
Admission requirements for this program include a bachelor’s degree in a science or engineering field, a minimum of two years of full-time work experience, and a minimum GPA of 3.0.
Duke University offers an online master’s of engineering, where students study engineering as well as business law, marketing, and finance. The 30-credit program helps students develop their managerial, leadership, and technical skills. It includes courses on business law, marketing, intellectual property, and entrepreneurship. Students also learn project management, product development management, and the commercialization of technology. They are required to complete three on-campus residencies.
To apply for this program, students must have a bachelor’s degree in science or engineering from an accredited institute.
The online program at Pennsylvania State University helps students blend their technical and management skills. The program teaches students how to lead a technical team, solve socio-technical issues, and manage technical projects in the face of uncertainty.
The 33-credit program covers engineering management strategy, creativity and problem solving, engineering management science, and financial studies for engineering. Students can become well-equipped with decision-making, risk analysis, and technical project management. They also learn how to manage large-scale projects, policies, and business initiatives in the public and private sectors. Graduates can pursue engineering management roles within an engineering company, as well as technical roles within a business environment.
Applicants must have a bachelor's degree, a minimum of three years of work experience, and a GPA of at least 3.0 to apply.
Purdue University offers an online master of science (MS) in engineering with a specialization in engineering management and leadership, where students learn how to become better leaders. This program is ideal for engineers who wish to take up management-level positions in an engineering or technology-based organization.
The 30-credit program helps students hone their technical and business skills. Courses include fluid mechanics, optimization in aerospace engineering, system analysis and synthesis, and elasticity in aerospace engineering. The business curriculum, which is taught by the faculty at Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, explores topics in strategic marketing management and engineering economic analysis.
Applicants to the program must have an undergraduate degree from an ABET-accredited engineering program and a minimum GPA of 3.0, among other requirements.
Southern New Hampshire University (Related Program)
SNHU offers an online MBA program in engineering management in partnership with Worcester Polytechnic Institute. The program helps develop managers who can lead a team of engineers. The program includes all the essentials of an MBA, along with a unique focus on engineering management.
The 36-credit program prepares engineering professionals for ups and downs in an uncertain business world. The curriculum includes core MBA courses in marketing, strategy, business practices, and operations management. It also introduces students to project leadership for engineering and systems thinking for engineering managers. The engineering management concentration focuses on systems engineering strategies and thinking concepts. Along with learning how to make well-informed business decisions, students learn how to improve performance and efficiency in highly technical environments.
The online MBA program requires applicants to have a minimum GPA of 2.75. GRE/GMAT scores are not required.
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