The Engineering Management baccalaureate degree program proposed by Bluefield State College has been formally approved by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission at its August 1 meeting. The program, which was developed to address a growing demand for graduating engineering managers, will be available beginning with the Fall 2014 Semester at BSC. It is the only program of its kind in West Virginia and one of only 26 in the United States.
“This unique new program offers our students an exceptional opportunity to add management skills to their strong technical preparation,” observed Dr. Marsha Krotseng, BSC President. “In addition, the Engineering Management degree will serve those in the workplace who are seeking further credentials to advance in their career. The creation of this program demonstrates Bluefield State’s commitment to innovation and continuous enhancement of educational offerings that will meet the needs of students and employers in this region.”
“Engineering Management is a special form of management concerned with the application of engineering principles to business practice,” explained Dr. Zak Hossain, BSC Provost. BSC currently offers both baccalaureate and associate degrees in Civil Engineering Technology, Electrical Engineering Technology, and Mechanical Engineering Technology, as well as baccalaureate degrees in Mining Engineering Technology and Computer Science. The Engineering Management degree program provides a formal education in the field of managing engineering projects. The program is carefully designed to adhere to the strict quality standards of the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, formerly known as the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.
“There is a growing need in industry for graduates who have an understanding of the process of managing engineering projects,” observed Dr. Hossain. Dr. Shannon Bowling, Dean of the BSC School of Engineering Technology, played a major role in developing the program proposal. At Old Dominion University, Dr. Bowling was the graduate program director of the largest Engineering Management Program in the nation.
“The program is unique in the way it is offered, requiring students to obtain an Associate of Science degree or equivalent before enrolling in the Engineering Management program,” Dean Bowling added. “This will provide a gateway for students attending community colleges and receiving their A.S. degree in a technical field to receive their Baccalaureate of Science degree in an engineering field with minimal prerequisite work.”