A new Ph.D. program in the Department of Engineering and Technology Management (ETM) was approved by the Oregon University System (OUS) State Board of Higher Education at its July meeting, resulting in a total of four out of five departments in the Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science offering Ph.D. programs.
The approval of the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering Ph.D. is in process. Having Ph.D. programs in every department is one of the criteria for being competitive in the category of best engineering graduate schools in the national college rankings.
“There is a huge demand for the program, both in Oregon and in the 30-40 countries from which many of our students come,” said department chair, Dundar F. Kocaoglu. “We are seeing an explosive growth curve now because of the large number of universities starting degree programs in technology management and many of them looking to us for guidance and qualified professors.” The demand is readily visible with the large number of applications received. Even though no formal announcements were sent and the academic year is just starting, the number of Ph.D. students accepted to the program is already approaching 30.
The ETM Department hosts the world’s leading conference on engineering management. The Portland International Center for Management of Engineering and Technology (PICMET) conference is held annually. PICMET ’06 was held in Istanbul, Turkey in July; PICMET ‘07 will be held in Portland, Oregon; PICMET ‘08 will be held in Cape Town, South Africa.
ETM courses are offered once a week in the evening, responding to the needs of high-tech firm employees. Classes take place both on campus and in Washington County, the location of the majority of high-tech firms in the area.
“The push was coming from applicants in the industry,” said ETM Prof. Tim Anderson, who is teaching classes for the program this fall. “We are expecting the program to be filled partly by full-time students and partly by students currently working at one of the local technology firms.” Approximately half of ETM’s students are expected to come from abroad.
“We are delighted to offer this opportunity for a departmental Ph.D. for those students studying engineering and technology management,” said Dean Robert D. Dryden.