Penn State Blue Band and Color Guard by Ben StanfieldPenn State now has an online degree program created for engineers looking to move into management roles. Penn State’s new online master of engineering management program will equip experienced engineers with the business and technical skills they need to be effective managers of complex engineering projects.

“Engineering students generally do not learn about business in undergraduate programs,” said James A. Nemes, division head and professor of mechanical engineering at Penn State Great Valley School of Graduate Professional Studies. “Engineers can pick up some business skills through their work experiences, but if they want to advance their career into engineering management, they will need a graduate degree.”

Penn State Great Valley’s Engineering Division is partnering with Penn State Harrisburg’s School of Business Administration and School of Science, Engineering and Technology to offer the program, which is being delivered online through Penn State’s World Campus. The 33-credit program is designed for working engineers and can be completed in two years. Students will progress together through the 12 courses, which run in continuous five- or seven-week terms.

Stephen Schappe, director of the School of Business Administration at Penn State Harrisburg, said, “There is a growing need in corporate America for interdisciplinary programs like this online engineering management degree. Our courses integrate both engineering and management issues. Engineers, like all good managers, need to learn foundational knowledge about management and critical thinking skills to be successful.”

Penn State Harrisburg’s School of Business Administration faculty members will conduct three courses focusing on the topics of negotiation, communication, teamwork, management, organization, problem solving and organizational learning.

Penn State Great Valley is offering the program online to reach more engineers who want to become managers. As Nemes pointed out, “The vast majority of engineers who want a graduate degree are already working and have families and other responsibilities. They need the flexibility an online degree offers.”

Penn State’s engineering programs are consistently ranked high among leading U.S. engineering programs by U.S. News & World Report.

The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) is a multicampus state-related, land-grant, space-grant public research university with campuses and facilities throughout Pennsylvania in the United States.

Penn State was chartered by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 1855 and has a threefold mission of teaching, research and public service. Its instructional mission includes undergraduate, graduate, professional and continuing education offered through resident instruction and online delivery. Its University Park campus, the largest of 24 campuses across the state, lies within the Borough of State College and College Township, Pennsylvania. The university is currently home to over 80,000 students and offers more than 160 majors.

The Penn State Blue Band is recognized as one of the nation’s finest college marching bands and performs to capacity crowds in 107,232 seat Beaver Stadium, home of Penn State Nittany Lion football. The Blue Band has performed at every major bowl game in the U.S., including the Rose Bowl and the Tournament of Roses Parade. The 2010-2011 season is the 111th year of the Blue Band’s proud, tradition-filled history. The Blue Band was the recipient of the 2005 Sudler Trophy, the most prestigious award a collegiate marching band can receive.

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