Cross-divisional program sets students up for success

Benton Hall and the Farmer School of Business

The Miami University College of Engineering and Computing and the Farmer School of Business are excited to announce a new entrepreneurship track in the Engineering Management program to complement the existing business track and engineering concentrations. The new entrepreneurship track addresses increasing employer needs and student demand.

Highly competitive global businesses require employees with a solid technical foundation, business expertise, an entrepreneurial mindset, and the leadership skills afforded by a broad liberal education. The Engineering Management program includes courses in engineering, business/entrepreneurship, science, mathematics, and the liberal arts. It is designed to develop engineering and business expertise, social awareness, and interpersonal communication skills.

“I believe we will see more and more cross-divisional programs because they just make good sense. Successful businesses don’t operate as silos, and they need employees whose skills and capabilities aren’t narrowly defined,” noted Jenny Darroch, dean of the Farmer School.

The curriculum consists of Miami’s general education plan, an engineering core, and the choice of either an entrepreneurship or general business track of courses in accounting, economics, marketing and management, augmented by two additional courses in a business management area, and the choice of a technical specialty in one of the following concentrations:

  • Electronics and Computing
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Paper Science and Engineering

Engineering Management graduates are qualified to fill technical positions that require interaction with business aspects such as operations, purchasing, personnel, accounting, and marketing. Examples of such positions include consultant, operations supervisor, technical sales, supply chain manager, environmental protection, technology analyst, quality control engineer, and many others.

“Our engineering management graduates are well prepared to step into any of those roles,” stated Beena Sukumaran, dean of the College of Engineering and Computing.  “The combination of the technical skills of our engineering program with the management or entrepreneurship track in the Farmer School of Business allows for our graduates to have the skills necessary to start their own businesses in addition to stepping into any of those roles.  Whichever track a student picks it can start them down the road to success.”