Professional Development suggested courses

The Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering Degree Requirements
Suggested courses for professional development requirement*
Technology Entrepreneurship (same as TE 461)
Credit: 3 hours.
Critical factors affecting technology-based ventures: opportunity assessment; the entrepreneurial process; founders and team building; preparation of a business plan including market research, marketing and sales, finance, and manufacturing considerations.
Credit: 4 hours.
Consulting process, problem definition, project management, technology commercialization, interpersonal skills, human resources management leadership, and followership. Consulting teams formed work directly with a real business client for twelve weeks on a project jointly defined by the client and team.
High-Tech Venture Marketing (same as TE 466)
Credit: 1 OR 2 hours.
Cornerstone marketing concepts for innovators and engineers to enable analysis of products and technologies from a marketing perspective: engineering product development and adoption life cycle; objectives and strategies; marketing management; communication skills; sales process and tactics; special considerations for new high-tech engineering products and innovations.
Credit: 2 hours.
Concepts and frameworks for analyzing how firms can create, commercialize and capture value from technology-based products and services. Business, commercialization, and management aspects of technology. Emphasis on reasons that existing firms or startups which have successfully commercialized products or services fail to sustain their success as technology changes and evolves.
Credit: 2 hours.
Cornerstone financial concepts for engineering management to enable analysis of engineering projects from a financial perspective: income statements; the balance sheet; cash flow statements; corporate organization; the time value of money; net present value; discounted cash flow analysis; portfolio theory.
Credit: 3 OR 4 hours.
Total quality systems for planning, developing, and manufacturing world-class products. Economic foundations of total quality. Product value, cost, pricing, environmental quality, activity-based costing, design for assembly, organization structure, lead time, innovation, Taguchi methods, simulation-based significance testing, Strategic Quality Deployment, statistical process control, and conjoint analysis.
Credit: 3 hours.
Quality Engineering principles and the Six Sigma Define-Measure-Analyze-Improve-Control (DMAIC) process. Application of concepts and methods of statistical process control, designed experiments, and measurement systems analysis to cases of quality and productivity improvement; application of the fundamentals of quality engineering and the Six Sigma to areas of produce development, service enterprise, and manufacturing processes.
Students may choose from other graduate-level leadership, entrepreneurship, or business-related courses (e.g., courses taken for the “Business Management for Engineers” certificate or the “Innovation, Leadership and Engineering Entrepreneurship” certificate; go to to see the list of courses that apply).
*Only required if student chooses to fulfill through a course in leadership, entrepreneurship, or other business-related course as opposed to a for-credit internship course (e.g., ME 598 Special Topics) or graduate-level/capstone design course (e.g., ME 597 Independent Study).

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