Engineering Management

The Department of Engineering Management is housed in the new PACCAR Center for Applied Science and forms part of the School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS).

Engineers typically work in teams, create innovative products and jobs, and add value to the products we use in everyday life. Many engineers rise to the highest levels in business organizations to become global leaders and innovators, start companies like Boeing, Google, Hewlett Packard, Intel, and Yahoo, or use their engineering training as a springboard to other fields. They succeed in fields as diverse as investment banking, law, and medicine, and also play a leading role in addressing many world problems’ including global warming, clean water shortage, power shortages, poverty, nuclear proliferation, and new medical devices and equipment.

Engineering managers combine management expertise with an engineering background to lead and supervise project teams in various technical fields. Engineering Management program graduates will be competent and conversant in the basic scientific and engineering principles, and able to formulate concepts, develop system designs, and apply engineering problem solving skills to their solutions. They will be able to see the "big picture" and interact with others to develop practical, technologically achievable solutions within the constraints of time, cost, and resources. They will also be able to mediate between team members, particularly in their ability to interpret requirements, explain designs, and describe features for non-technical contributors on the team.

Our Engineering Management Program is intended to provide students with a broad education and understanding of the practice and concepts of engineering, and make them adaptive leaders that are ready to address challenges caused by rapid changes in technology.

The program provides graduates with an opportunity to select from a wide range of career paths, and sufficient preparation for direct entry into an M.B.A. Program. The program generally attracts students whose talents and interests are broader than conventional engineering design and analysis, and those that have yet to decide on a particular field of engineering specialization. Students are provided with a foundation in the critical skills required to be successful in their chosen career. The program contains a set of common engineering core courses that provide a solid basis in engineering principles, augmented by relevant courses on the process of management as it applies to technically-based projects.

Students also develop a technical concentration by taking a set of courses from one of five tracks - Civil, Computer, Electrical, and Mechanical Engineering, or Computer Science. Each technical track draws from a wide selection of interests within a particular engineering discipline. Combining a strong engineering background with a select set of courses from the School of Management, students develop a skill-set that is highly sought after by employers today.

Future employment opportunities include project management and supervision, product development, production planning, engineering design and manufacturing, materials management, production processes, product quality and reliability, inventory management, system analysis, industrial plant management, technical sales and marketing, and a wide spectrum of other positions in practically any industry.

502 E. Boone Avenue
Spokane, WA 99258-0026
Phone: (509) 313-3523
Fax: (509) 313-5871

Dr. Peter J. McKenny
Chair of Engineering Management
Phone: (509) 313-5702