Why choose the Ohio University online MEM?
An advanced degree program for engineers who want to become leaders without losing their foundation in engineering, the online Master of Engineering Management from Ohio University focuses on leadership and management skills and their direct relationship to engineering process improvement, project management, effective communication, and innovative solutions.
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Ohio University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC)
Delivered through a completely online learning environment, our curriculum combines graduate-level leadership and management courses with high-level engineering practices. The curriculum's dual focus is ideal for immediate application in the workplace, or for career advancement opportunities down the line. Our MEM graduates rely on their understanding of protocols and project standards, superior communication skills and leadership abilities to manage cross-functional teams effectively to find solutions. We cover concepts beneficial in any leadership role, whether you're a chemical, electrical, civil, or mechanical engineer, or have a strong background in physical science and desire to excel in the design, implementation, and management of technology.
- Foundations of Engineering Management (4 credits)
- The objective of this course is to teach engineers the management skills they will need to be effective throughout their careers.It introduces the ways in which management principles are applied in the kinds of work students are most likely to encounter.Also included are aspects of globalization, including how culture changes engineering management.
- Statistics for Engineering Management (4 credits)
- This course is intended to prepare engineering management students to design statistically valid experiments and to analyze the results.Topics include basic probability theory, confidence, hypothesis testing, regression, and analysis of variance.
- Principles of Six Sigma (4 credits)
- This course presents an introduction to the Six Sigma DMAIC problem-solving methodology, including examples in a wide range of organizations.Topics include tools and techniques for product and process improvement, and the application of basic and advanced statistics to problem solving.
- Quality Systems (3 credits)
- This course focuses on the concepts of total quality management, including philosophies and frameworks of quality management; incorporating quality into strategic planning; leadership, process measurement and management; continuous quality improvement and ISO 9000.Original writings by major figures in the quality movement, such as Deming, Juran, Taguchi, and others are discussed.
- Information Systems Engineering (4 credits)
- This course introduces students to information systems within and across organizations.Information systems provide a primary source of information for management.Students learn about the phases of design and implementation of information systems, as well as methods for keeping abreast of fast-paced changes in the IT world.
- Database Information Systems (3 credits)
- This course presents methods and procedures for storing and retrieving manufacturing data in large computerized databases.It also covers the entity relationship modeling of database systems using common notation. Topics include database design, normalization, and SQL. Students will build a database using MS Access as a project.
- Engineering Writing (3 credits)
- This course is designed to help you develop the ability to think critically as a professional communicator.Learning to ask appropriate questions will enable you to understand, develop, and produce effective communication using the following elements of thought: purpose, basic concepts, information sources and needs, underlying assumptions, inferences/conclusions, implications/consequences, and points of view.Significant ethics discussions are included throughout this course.
- Project Management (4 credits)
- This course focuses on the development and utilization of network techniques, such as PERT and CPM, to schedule activities, develop financial budgets, allocate resources, and control progress and costs of practical projects. Students also are introduced to project scheduling software.
- Engineering Law (3 credits)
- This course focuses on the study of those parts of the legal system that relate to engineering.Topics include domestic and international environments of intellectual property policy (including patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets); torts and various sources of personal, facility, products, and enterprise liability; contracts and issues arising from various types of contractual relationships; and aspects of administrative law (dealing with agencies) and employment law.
- Engineering Leadership (3 credits)
- This course will provide information, experiences and skill development to aid the student in creating an inventory of leadership knowledge for lifelong development of effective leadership abilities.Students will accomplish this through selected readings, supplemental videos, interviews of experienced leaders, reflections and discussions to explore, develop, and reinforce leadership development.
- Engineering Management Project (3 credits)
- Students are required to work on a project of their choice in this course.Though not mandatory, they are encouraged to select a real-world engineering problem they are facing in their job.Students will report on their project problems, solutions, analyses, results, discussions, and conclusions.
- Lean Thinking Methods (3 credits)
- This course teaches students to apply lean thinking, lean principles, and lean methods in manufacturing and service systems.Students learn basic methods of the lean production, such as value-stream mapping, 5(6)-S, continuous flow, Kanban, SMED, A3, and continuous improvement.Group discussions and projects enable students to apply lean methods in their working environments.
- Tao Yuan, Ph.D.
- David Koonce, Ph.D.
- Robert Judd, Ph.D.
- Dean Bruckner, Ph.D.
- Diana Schwerha, Ph.D.
- Paul Deering, Ph.D.
- Harry Whiting, M.S.
- Chuck Adams, M.S.
- John Dolan, M.S.
- Stephen Flaherty, Ph.D.
- Jim Henderson, M.B.A.
- Rebecca Lachman, M.F.A.
- Ron Lewis, Ph.D.
- Dale Masel, Ph.D.
- Todd Myers, Ph.D.
- Namkyu Park, Ph.D.
- Thomas Scott, Ph.D.
- Gursel Suer, Ph.D.
- Ross Wagner, M.B.A.
- Gary Weckman, Ph.D.
Tao Yuan, Ph.D.
Dr. Tao Yuan is an assistant professor of industrial and systems engineering at Ohio University. He joined OHIO in 2008. Yuan teaches reliability, engineering statistics, engineering probability, operations research, design of experiments, and stochastic processes.
David Koonce, Ph.D.
David Koonce is an associate professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering and an associate dean in the Graduate College at Ohio University. He holds three degrees from Louisiana State University, including a Ph.D. in engineering science, an M.S. in industrial engineering, and a B.S. in industrial engineering.
In addition to his teaching, Dr. Koonce applied his engineering skills as a software engineer for Swiss Info/Swiss Radio International in Bern, Switzerland. He has also represented the Institute of Industrial Engineers as the regional vice president and is a member of the American Society for Engineering Education, Alpha Phi Mu Industrial Engineering Honor Society, and Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society.
Robert Judd, Ph.D.
Dr. Judd has been the chair of the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering since 2005. He has more than 30 years of experience of academic research and instruction, with 22 years at Ohio University. His interests are in simulation, control of factory systems, and costs estimation. He has been the PI or co-PI on many research projects, totaling several million dollars. These projects have been with industries such as General Electric, Parker Hannifin, Chrysler, BF Goodrich, and Caterpillar. He also has had grants from governmental agencies such as the National Science Foundation, the Department of Defense and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. He has published more than 100 papers in respected journals and conferences. Recently, he has been the co-PI on an ongoing project with General Electric. In this project, the team is investigating better methods to estimate the production cost of the new designs of some of General Electric’s major products, such as aircraft engines, gas and steam turbines, and wind turbines. In recognition of these accomplishments, Dr. Judd was named a Russ Professor in 2012.
Dean Bruckner, Ph.D.
Dr. Dean Bruckner is the program director for the online Master of Engineering Management program and an assistant professor of industrial and systems engineering in Ohio University’s Russ College of Engineering and Technology. He received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Ohio University in 2010 and served until 2013 as assistant director–technical of Ohio University’s Avionics Engineering Center, a $5 million/year research, development, test and evaluation (RDT&E) organization for U.S. government and industry sponsors.
Before coming to Ohio University, he completed a career in the U.S. Coast Guard as a commissioned officer, electronics engineer, program and project manager, electrical engineering instructor and shipboard deck watch officer. He served as deputy director for policy, guidance and resources of a $120 million per year nationwide Coast Guard electronics systems maintenance and modernization program, and as deputy director of a business case analysis that defined $77 million per year in potential savings to justify logistics transformation for all Coast Guard aircraft, ships, shore facilities and electronics—a business transformation now in full swing. He also served as commanding officer of the Coast Guard Loran-C transmitter station near Istanbul, Turkey. He earned a BSEE from the Coast Guard Academy and an MSEE from the Naval Postgraduate School. He became a registered professional engineer in 2001.
Diana Schwerha, Ph.D.
Dr. Diana Schwerha is an associate professor of industrial and systems engineering at Ohio University. Her research area focuses on ergonomics and aging workers. She has served as an advisor for graduate students pursuing research in aging and ergonomics, usability of technology, and factors related to technology adoption among older users. She is the director of a National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health training project grant in occupational safety at OHIO. She has published numerous journal articles and conference papers and given presentations in the U.S. and Europe.
Paul Deering, Ph.D.
Dr. Paul Deering is an associate professor in the Department of Engineering Technology and Management at Ohio University. He has earned a Ph.D. in engineering, M.S. in mathematics and computer science, and a B.S. in electrical engineering, all from Ohio University. He has worked in the field of information technology for more than 20 years at the Russ College of Engineering and Technology prior to becoming a professor in 2008. He has taught numerous math, engineering, and computer science courses at Ohio University.
Harry Whiting, M.S.
Harry Whiting II, P.E., grew up in a theater family and worked in professional theater/entertainment for many years. He has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, a master’s degree in industrial engineering and is working on a Ph.D. in Mechanical and Systems Engineering. Most of his engineering work has been in the aerospace field, having worked with the Army and Air Force on Lean production issues in aircraft MRO, demilitarization of communications equipment, and rapid production of satellites.
Mr. Whiting’s main field of interest and work is in Lean production, and he has an engineering firm registered in Texas called Tejas Lean. Through Tejas Lean, he has consulted on Lean issues in the oil industry on more efficiently producing oil rigs and trained individuals and companies in Lean production thinking and methodology. Harry has studied extensively in the field of human factors as part of his Lean education and worked with the Ohio University Traffic Engineering Group as its HF consultant.
Chuck Adams, M.S.
Chuck Adams has a master of science in industrial and systems engineering and a bachelor of science in electrical engineering, both from Ohio University. He serves as an adjunct professor at Ohio University, where he has taught Six Sigma for the Russ College of Engineering and Technology and Operations Management and Statistics for the College of Business. Adams has enjoyed a career of more than 26 years in the manufacturing, service, and education sectors. He is the director of Lean Six Sigma for Genesis Healthcare System in Zanesville, Ohio, where he and his team of seven Black Belts are tasked with the startup and implementation of the Genesis Performance Improvement System. Before joining Genesis, Adams was a senior business process consultant for Nationwide Children’s Hospital. He is a registered professional engineer in industrial engineering in Ohio and a GE certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt.
John Dolan, M.S.
John Dolan has been teaching at Ohio University’s Russ College of Engineering and Technology for 18 years. He primarily instructs computer programming in a variety of languages. He holds an undergraduate degree in English and also digital electronics, with a master’s in computer science.
Stephen Flaherty, Ph.D.
Dr. Stephen Flaherty, who has been teaching writing for more than 39 years, holds a Ph.D. and an M.A. from Ohio State University, a B.A. in English from University of Massachusetts at Amherst, an M.B.A. from Capital University, and an active CPA certificate in Ohio and South Carolina. In addition to teaching introductory and intermediate composition, business communication, strategic managerial communication, and engineering writing for Ohio University, Dr. Flaherty has taught strategic managerial communication and technical writing at the University of Maryland’s University College. Dr. Flaherty currently holds titles of senior associate vice president emeritus and adjunct associate professor at Ohio University, where he has held administrative positions for more than 20 years. Dr. Flaherty has also taught at Ohio State University, and he has served on the faculty of DeVry Institute of Technology, earning the rank of professor. In addition, he was appointed to the administration at DeVry as academic dean of general education, business operations, and computer technology. He is the author of Business and Technical Communication: A Reader-Friendly Approach, Kendall-Hunt, 2002.
Jim Henderson, M.B.A.
Jim Henderson has used Lean Six Sigma methodologies since 2001. He has a B.A. in Management Information Systems from Capital University and an M.B.A. from Ohio Dominican University. He was trained in Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma at PACCAR, Inc., a leading multinational manufacturer and innovator in heavy-duty and medium-duty trucks. Jim became a Six Sigma Black Belt in 2001 and Master Black Belt in 2006. He has led many multimillion dollar improvement efforts internal to PACCAR, for its dealer base, and several large projects for customers such as Swift Corporation and U.S. Xpress. Jim has taught and mentored hundreds of belts in the PACCAR internal network as well as its extensive supplier base. Jim currently assists Ohio University in mentoring its Six Sigma and Lean Manufacturing components in its highly successful engineering programs. He currently assists undergraduate students as Master Black Belt by offering a real-world perspective and mentoring engaged in their senior design projects. He also mentors the Master of Engineering Management students in the Six Sigma course.
Rebecca Lachman, M.F.A.
Becca Lachman is the associate coordinator of Ohio University’s Student Writing Center, where she works with faculty and students from around the world and across disciplines. Becca holds an M.F.A. in writing and literature from Bennington College, an M.A. in English from Ohio University, and bachelor’s degrees in music composition and creative writing from Otterbein University. Her research focuses on the intersections of nonviolence, teaching, and tutoring. Her recent books include A Ritual to Read Together: Poems in Conversation with William Stafford and The Apple Speaks. Since 2007, she has taught or facilitated undergraduate and graduate-level courses within such departments as Classics and World Religions, English, Communications, and eLearning. Within Ohio University’s online Master of Engineering Management program, Becca helps to facilitate “Engineering Writing.”
Ron Lewis, Ph.D.
Dr. Ron Lewis is an adjunct professor in the Master of Engineering Management program at Ohio University. After graduating with a B.S. in industrial and systems engineering from Ohio State University, he began his professional career as a time study and process improvement analyst at Armco Steel in Middletown, Ohio. He enrolled as a graduate student and earned both an M.S. and Ph.D. in industrial and systems engineering from Ohio State University. Research of applied operations and foundry operations became the focus of his research as a faculty member at Ohio State, Ohio University (visiting adjunct), and Toledo University (visiting adjunct). During this time he taught courses related to applied operations research, manufacturing, and foundry engineering. For the next 20 years, Dr. Lewis ran a residential home construction business, a millwork business, and an engineering consulting firm, and returned to academia after his children entered middle school. He also teaches advanced calculus and linear algebra at Columbus State Community College and advanced statistics for the Wellness Forum.
Dale Masel, Ph.D.
Dr. Dale Masel has been a member of the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering since 1998. He has served the department in a variety of roles, including undergraduate chair (2002-present), accreditation coordinator (2000-2005), and advisor for the student chapter of the Institute of Industrial Engineers. He has also served the Russ College as advisor of the Engineering Ambassadors (2004-present) and an instructor for the engineering learning communities (2005-present). Since 2000, Dr. Masel has been co-principal investigator for a research project sponsored by General Electric to develop improved methods for estimating manufacturing costs. Areas of application for these methods include jet engines, gas turbines, steam turbines, and wind turbines.
Masel has also been a member of the College Industry Council on Material Handling Education since 2004 and has served since 2010 as the co-coordinator of the organization’s Material Handling and Logistics Classroom Day.
Todd Myers, Ph.D.
Dr. Myers is an associate professor and chair of the Department of Engineering Technology and Management at Ohio University. Dr. Myers has 10 years of manufacturing experience in the automotive manufacturing industry. His responsibilities have included multi-plant materials management, ERP implementation, project management, engineering management, and Lean implementations. His funded research has included RFID OEM capability studies, barcode robustness studies, value stream mapping, Lean consulting and training, and manufacturing operations. His interests also include international studies. Dr. Myers is a three-time recipient of the Marvin E. and Ann D. White Russ College Departmental Research Award and two-time recipient of the Marvin E. and Ann D. White Teaching Award.
Namkyu Park, Ph.D.
Dr. Namkyu Park brings industry expertise to his teaching, as he previously held positions as a senior researcher for the Korea Institute of Industrial Technology, founder and CEO of Intelligenceware, Inc., Asian regional chair of the International RosettaNet Initiative, and software engineer for Korea Information Engineering Services, Inc. He is a member of Decision Sciences Institute (DSI), the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE), and the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC). His publications have improved systems in the healthcare industry and have improved manufacturing globalization.
Thomas Scott, Ph.D.
Dr. Thomas Scott held various engineering design and management positions at Allison Gas Turbine, GMC, during a 28-year period prior to joining Ohio University in 1993. His responsibilities included management of engine/airframe integration, management of research analysis, application of digital controls for gas turbine engines, and design and development of internal flow systems using analytical and experimental techniques. Concurrent with his industrial experience, Dr. Scott taught for 10 years as an adjunct professor in the Manufacturing Technology Department at Purdue University at Indianapolis. Courses taught included Thermodynamics, Dynamics, Heat and Power, and Introduction to Engineering Technology. Areas of professional interest include metal fabrication, material science, analog electronics, digital electronics, automation, control, and robotics. Dr. Scott holds a U.S. Patent (4,458,479) and has written numerous technical proposals and contractual summary reports.
Since coming to OHIO in 1993, Dr. Scott has taught the following courses: Metal Fabrication, Power Transmission, Electronics, Robotics, Controls, Materials, Six Sigma, and Operations Management.
Dr. Scott’s many honors include: Russ Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award, White Teaching Award, NAIT Outstanding Professor of Industrial Technology Award, Kraft Family Scholar, President EECT Exemplary Contributions Award, and the Department of Industrial Technology Teaching Award.
Gursel Suer, Ph.D.
Gürsel Süer is a professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Ohio University. He has obtained his B.S. in Industrial Engineering and M.S. in Industrial Engineering from Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey, and Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from Wichita State University. Currently, he serves as the manufacturing area editor of the Computers and Industrial Engineering Journal. He has co-chaired two Computers and Industrial Engineering conferences (1997-Puerto Rico, 2005-Istanbul). He also initiated group technology/cellular manufacturing conferences, which were held in 2000 in Puerto Rico, 2003 in Ohio, 2006 in Netherlands, and 2009 in Japan. He has consulted various companies and carried out several funded projects. Most of his research has been motivated by his experiences and observations in industrial settings. His main interests are applied scheduling, manufacturing system design, supply chain, vehicle routing, logistics, decision making, genetic algorithms and hybrid systems, applied optimization, intelligent systems with human component, and modeling competitive business strategies. He has offered workshops in intelligent manufacturing and logistics in various international conferences and gave keynote speeches. He has edited six conference proceedings and three special issues with different journals. He has published about 120 papers in journals, edited books, conference proceedings, and made more than 110 technical presentations.
Ross Wagner, M.B.A.
Ross Wagner has more than 14 years of experience utilizing Six Sigma in the workplace. He has an industrial and systems engineering degree and a Master’s in Business Administration. Over the past 14 years as a Six Sigma Black Belt, Mr. Wagner has conducted projects, led successful cross-functional teams, and mentored individual belts in completing and successfully implementing major projects that have made great impact in improving business operations and profitability.
Gary Weckman, Ph.D.
Dr. Weckman has an extensive research background in data analysis, with specific training and expertise in key research areas of nonlinear modeling. He has authored or co-authored more than 70 peer-reviewed articles in journals and conferences. He has industrial engineering experience with more than 12 years at such firms as General Electric Aircraft Engines and 17 years in academic research. Currently, he has been researching multidisciplinary applications utilizing knowledge extraction techniques with artificial neural networks (ANN). Dr. Weckman has extensive experience in and possesses an internationally renowned reputation for neural network modeling of complex information systems, both traditional (e.g. applied applications of reliability analysis and telecommunications) and nontraditional (e.g. network modeling applications for financial and ecological monitoring). He has worked on several topics concerning model development for the Saginaw Bay HydroMet database, Grey Box methodology for Sarasota and Saginaw Bays, and technique modeling in modeling harmful algal blooms. His research is directed to the development, validation, and refining of computationally intensive technologies for extracting user-friendly rules in developing a more usable prediction tool and enhance the understanding of ecological systems.
Industry Outlook and Career Opportunities
Engineering managers are employed in a number of different industries, from manufacturing and architecture to mining, scientific research, and government. Though the engineering services industry is projected to grow by 21% by 2022*, you can expect strong competition for openings. Education and experience are crucial distinguishing factors.
In a management role, you may be expected to lead research and development teams to discover new processes, ensure sound methodology, check the technical accuracy of your team’s work, and manage a project’s budget and timeline effectively.
Average wages for engineering managers vary depending on the industry, your experience, and your education, among other factors. The national average annual salary for engineering managers is $122,810*.
*According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Our Graduate Stories
As a graduate of the Master in Engineering Management program, you can enter the marketplace with the tangible credentials and intangible leadership qualities to help push your career forward. Based on a 2013-2014 survey, our MEM grads are already seeing demonstrable benefits in the industry.
“I knew I wanted a master’s degree, but wanted to be smart about it. I originally thought about an MBA, but everyone in my office was pursuing that option. I needed something different that would stand out. The material in the engineering management program supplements my daily work tasks and allows me to utilize my job experiences in my coursework and vice versa.”
- Nicole LePage, ’14 graduate
“What I liked about the OHIO MEM program was that it was well-rounded, very balanced, and all core. Looking at all other programs in the country, they offered too many electives, which could result in a very incoherent engineering management program.”
- Ed Sanderson, ’14 graduate
“The content I’ve seen in the five courses I’ve taken so far is very relevant. It reinforces things I already knew by tying it all together and putting it in one cohesive package. It is a bit of a ‘ah-ha’ moment.”
- David Knop, ’16 graduate candidate