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MEM Curriculum

MEM is offered as a two-year, weekend program. The first 16 months include classes every second weekend on Friday evenings (6-9 pm) and Saturdays (8:30 am to 5:30 pm). The last eight months of the program include a two-term capstone project that can be completed off-campus.

The Online MEM offers lectures delivered entirely online except for the first weekend of classes each term. Students have access to recorded online lectures after live broadcast.

MEM candidates have to complete a total of 6 core courses and 2 elective courses. After successfully passing all course, candidates need to complete an off-campus 2-term capstone project. 

Core courses

This course covers the critical factors affecting product development and innovation and identifies the common characteristics of successful new products drawing upon best industrial practice. The aim is to provide students with an understanding of the managerial and technical processes commonly involved in product development and innovation. Three main themes will be covered throughout this course: Product Design and Innovation; Idea Generation Techniques; Design and Innovation Project Management.

Introduction to the applications of organization theory for the analysis and design of work organizations (industrial enterprises). Assessment and improvement of organizations through integration of social and technical systems in order to achieve organizational purpose. Fundamentals of organization structure. Classical organization theories. Group decision processes (group and individual). Organizational culture and ethics. Organizations and manufacturing technology. Management of knowledge workers. Information and communication technologies in program in organizations. Innovation and creativity, change management. Organizational accidents and errors, risk management. Impact of globalization and international environment on organizational strategies.

This course provides engineers enrolled in this program with a robust understanding of the core concepts and procedures of financial and management accounting which engineers need to enhance their capabilities as informed future managers and decision makers. It concentrates on financial reporting and interpretation, to internal and external stakeholders of the organization. Issues of income determination, asset and liability recognition, measurement and reporting will be addressed. It also offers an introduction to management’s use of internal accounting information for planning, managing, controlling and evaluation of business operations. Topics include cost concepts (including activity based costing), budgeting, cost-volume-profit analysis, standard costing, performance evaluation and product pricing.

This course the fundamental principles of financial management of business enterprises within the global financial environment. It also includes introduction to financial analysis, planning and models with applications new ventures and corporations. There will also be specific focus on the entrepreneurial process, start-up finance, venture math, business valuation methods and new venture fundraising techniques.

This course will expose students to principles, concepts, and tools utilized in project management activities. This course will include topics such as defining project scope, and time, cost, risk, procurement and stakeholder management. The students will be engaged in working on a major project to develop proficiency in project management activities and tools.

This is an investigation and discussion of contemporary issues in strategic management and entrepreneurship. The topics to be covered will vary from term to term according to current developments in the business world.

Elective courses

This courses offers a basic foundation of starting a technology start-up and includes topics in idea generation and opportunity identification, customer development, market analysis, product costing and revenue and financial planning.

Engineering Design is a creative, iterative and often open-ended process subject to constraints. Topics include: design creativity & problem solving, engineering conceptual design & embodiment design, practices for product realization design theories and methodologies, parametric design, probabilistic design, industrial design, design and manufacturing integration, concurrent Engineering, materials selection in design, design for x (e.g. manufacturing, assembly), engineering design communication. Significant time is devoted to the applications of design theories and methodologies and to a product/process design realization.

This course covers the major issues associated with the management of Supply Chain and Logistics, covering both technical and managerial issues with emphasis on the analytical decision support methods and tools. Topics include supply chain network design, inventory models and theories, transportation and logistics planning, outsourcing and pricing, and case study.

This course examines the evaluation, design, and management of products, processes, or projects to achieve sustainability. The main topics include: assessing and scoping environmental effects from engineering and other technical activities; eco-balance approaches; life cycle assessment; design-for-environment principles; and decision making for environmental and sustainability objectives. The course will discuss typical examples (e.g., automobiles, infrastructure, electronics), and also draw upon the industrial and research experience and knowledge of the class attendees. Class-based projects will focus on understanding, interpreting, and implementing the knowledge acquired.

Study of relevant topics recognized as important factors for successful management of business operations. Topics include: processes and their measurement in manufacturing and services, forecasting, aggregate planning, inventory management, quality control, and supply chain management.

Examines the use of manufacturing and operations as weapons in the firm's competitive arsenal. It addresses strategic questions related to the choice of proper process technology, the determination of plant size and location, the extent of vertical integration and the continuous pursuit of quality and productivity.

Introduces appropriate marketing management concepts and techniques that can be applied to private sector business as well as to not-for-profit organizations' marketing and communication activities. Emphasis will be on the marketing mix elements of product, price, place, and promotion.

An analysis of the knowledge, roles, responsibilities, and skills required of today’s managers. Three approaches will be examined: systems, process, and behavioral. An emphasis will be placed on the contingency view of management with respect to the process of organizing human resources to set and accomplish organizational goals. 

MEM Capstone

The elective courses and personalized capstone project at the end of the program provide students with an opportunity to apply theory to practical applications relevant to real-world engineering management while taking into account innovation, global leadership and sustainability principles. Each student is assigned a dedicated mentor throughout the capstone project to supervise and guide the capstone project. Mentors include seasoned faculty members, entrepreneurs and professional engineers with extensive workplace experience and in-depth knowledge in different areas of specializations.

The capstone project is two semesters long and projects can be completed in collaboration with local industry partners. Students interested in starting their own company can utilize the capstone project to develop a business and commercialization plan. Previous MEM students have completed capstone projects on the following areas:

  • Automation of certain assembly line operations using computer vision  
  • Strategic study of emerging technologies at a tool manufacturing firm
  • Development of a new pricing model for an automotive OEM
  • Improving launch effectiveness for a new SUV by an international automotive manufacturer 
  • Study of current project management practices at an engineering consulting company
  • The application of IoT applications in a logistics facility 
  • Feasibility study and marketing plan of a new start-up
  • Proposal to use an ERP application for a local municipality 
  • Seat plate manufacturing process improvement 
  • An audit of procurement and supply chain management practices utilized by a regional software firm
  • Strategic plan for a local waste management company 
  • Spare tire winch testing improvement at a local large manufacturer 
  • Improvement of a paint process for an automotive manufacturer