June 14, 2011
MIT SDM Communications Director
MEMPC Public Relations
MIT’s System Design and Management (SDM) Program announced it is joining the Master of Engineering Management Programs Consortium (MEMPC), a select group of forward-thinking professional graduate engineering management programs from Cornell, Dartmouth, Duke, Stanford, and Northwestern.
The MEMPC was chartered in 2006 to raise awareness of the Master of Engineering Management (M.E.M.) degree and the skills developed through the combination of engineering and management course work to prepare technology managers. The MEMPC member institutions share ideas, expertise, new curricula ideas, and best practices.
"MIT’s System Design and Management program, which is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year, educates mid-career professionals to lead effectively and creatively by using systems thinking to solve large-scale, complex challenges in product design, development, and innovation. We are pleased to join the MEMPC," says Steven Eppinger, General Motors Leaders for Global Operations Professor of Management, Professor of Management Science and Engineering Systems, and Co-Director of MIT’s System Design and Management Program. "We look forward to sharing ideas with the MEMPC member universities regarding the education of future technical leaders, and to collaborating with them to improve the quality and visibility of our programs."
"MIT’s System Design and Management Program is welcomed into the MEMPC as another leading program in the field," says Robert Graves, director of the Master of Engineering Management Program at Dartmouth’s Thayer School of Engineering. "The SDM Program experience and direction will significantly strengthen the MEMPC in accomplishing its goals and promoting the profession."
As the engineering management programs in the MEMPC are growing and maturing, they are gaining popularity among students and employers. Job placement for MEM graduates, outpacing those of many other master’s degree fields, suggests a growing awareness of the potential contributions that can be made by skilled engineers who understand the business of technology, and can communicate and work effectively in interdisciplinary teams.
Founded in 2006, the MEMPC is a small group of highly recognized professional graduate engineering management programs (including Cornell, Dartmouth, Duke, MIT, Northwestern, and Stanford) that are working to raise awareness of the M.E.M. degree and the skills of the graduates of these technically-focused programs.
About the MIT System Design and Management Program
Founded in 1996 by MIT’s School of Engineering, the MIT Sloan School of Management, and industry, MIT’s System Design and Management Program (SDM), combines the best of both worlds at MIT — engineering and management. SDM educates mid-career professionals to lead effectively, using systems thinking to solve large-scale, complex challenges in product design, development, and innovation. SDM provides a global mindset; a systems thinking perspective that integrates management, technology, and social sciences; and ways to lead across organizational and cultural boundaries to address rapidly accelerating complexity and change in today’s global markets. Graduates earn an MS in engineering and management. SDM also offers a one-year certificate program in systems and product development.