Professionals to Manage Technical Invention, Drive Growth
A new graduate degree program created by Carnegie Mellon's College of Engineering will launch in 2007. The Engineering and Technology Innovation Management master's program is a one-year, interdisciplinary degree that teaches engineers and technical professionals skills to foster and manage technical innovation.
The degree builds upon the university's strengths in engineering, entrepreneurship and integrated product development classes. Pradeep Khosla, dean of the College of Engineering, believes Carnegie Mellon's program will be a model for unlocking innovation.
"A new kind of business enterprise that leverages creative resources and global management skills is needed in today's competitive world," said Khosla.
The program has already garnered praise from alumni, including Kathryn Jackson (CIT '90), executive vice president and environmental officer of the Tennessee Valley Authority.
"Tomorrow's most difficult problems will be the ones that fall between the traditional fields of study," said Jackson. "We need people who can leverage diverse disciplines to create solutions that can provide sustainable competitive advantage."
Alex G. Sciulli, president-elect of the Engineering Society of Western Pennsylvania, agrees. "It is imperative that our workforce be exposed to leading-edge educational toolkits that will make us competitive on the global stage," said Sciulli.
The Department of Engineering and Public Policy will coordinate the program in collaboration with the Heinz School, the Tepper School of Business and the College of Humanities and Social Science's Department of Social and Decision Sciences.