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MIE Department Launches Graduate Certificate in Engineering Project Management and Leadership

Ana Muriel & Woodrow Winchester III

Ana Muriel & Woodrow Winchester III

The Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department has recently received approval for its new Graduate Certificate in Engineering Project Management and Leadership (PML) and is launching it in the spring semester of 2020 under the leadership of Dr. Ana Muriel, MIE Associate Professor and Associate Department Head, and Dr. Woodrow W Winchester III, MIE lecturer and director of Engineering Management. The PML certificate is designed to equip professionals in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields with the necessary knowledge, skills, and competencies to manage and lead engineering and technology-based projects in a well-rounded way.

“We expect our PML graduate certificate program to not only offer significant long-term benefits to our students,” says MIE Department Head Sundar Krishnamurty, “but it is also an attractive gateway for them to transition into our Master of Science in Engineering Management (MSEM) program.”

Available to UMass graduate students in STEM disciplines as well as non-matriculated students, the certificate can be completed either on-campus or online. To earn the PML certificate, students need to complete the following three MIE courses: Project Budgeting and Finance for Engineers; Engineering Leadership and Entrepreneurship; Technical Project Management.

As Winchester, an MIE lecturer and director of Engineering Management, explains, “Both our Graduate Certificate in Engineering Project Management and Leadership and Master of Science in Engineering Management programs are specially designed with STEM professionals in mind; allowing them to layer their technical depth with the relevant managerial skills to broaden their decision-making frames and abilities.”

Winchester adds that “Our programs equip STEM professionals to effectively lead and grapple, holistically, with the managerial challenges facing the technology-driven enterprise.”

The MIE department, recognizing the fact that technical leadership requires lifelong learning, intends for the PML certificate to also offer supporting preparation for industry recognized credentials such as the Engineering Manager Professional certifications by the American Society for Engineering Management and Project Management certifications by the Project Management Institute.

Moreover, for those desiring to further build their technology and engineering management and leadership abilities, the certificate offers an easy transition to the MSEM program, with all three courses eligible to be counted towards degree completion.

As Muriel concludes about the overall impact of the new PML certificate: "I am thrilled to be able to offer our students the opportunity to gain the project management, leadership, entrepreneurship, and financial skills that will allow them to take their innovations to market or move on to leading roles in their organizations. I would like to thank our Industrial Advisory Board for guidance in crafting the certificate and ensuring that the courses provide the strong foundation they seek as they hire new talent.”

For more information, contact Woodrow W. Winchester, III, MSEM Director at wwinchester@umass.edu. (January 2020)