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MEM Program Featured in IEEE Spectrum Magazine

Northwestern’s Master of Engineering Management program, which combines the management principles of an MBA program with comprehensive, quantitative and analytical tools to prepare experienced technical professionals to solve the complex issues, was featured in a recent article in IEEE Spectrum magazine as an example of a successful MEM program.

“The MEM is becoming popular among engineers who want to integrate technical know-how with business and law smarts, especially those who want to manage cutting-edge technologies or steer start-ups,” the article says. “Many of the programs already boast of their steadily advancing alumni—Northwestern, for example, claims vice presidents and CIOs at such companies as Motorola, Telephone and Data Systems, and Shure.”

IEEE Spectrum magazine is the flagship publication of the IEEE, the world's largest professional technology association.

Northwestern’s McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science offers two ways to get an MEM degree: through the Master of Engineering Management program, and through the MMM program, which offers a combined MEM and MBA degree.

The 12-course MEM program is designed for engineering and science professionals who want to develop core management and leadership skills while keeping on the cutting edge of technology. With outstanding faculty, a flexible format, and the best of both business and engineering courses, the MEM program enables engineers to communicate more effectively and to move from thinking tactically to thinking strategically.  It combines core courses in business management combined with graduate level classes within the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences.

The MMM program offers a unique, two-year curriculum leading to both an MBA and MEM. In all businesses, manufacturing, service-based or design-focused, both design and operations play critical roles. The combination of superior design and world-class operations provides a formidable competitive advantage by satisfying true customer needs. The MMM program trains tomorrow’s managers in achieving this through integrative thinking about design, operations, and management.

MEM programs have gotten more attention in recent years. Last summer, the Financial Times wrote that while Master of Engineering Management programs “are not particularly widespread – the most notable include combined programmes offered at the business and engineering schools of Cornell, Dartmouth, Duke, Northwestern and Stanford – they are gaining popularity among students and employers.”