Contact: Ellen Sterner
SMU News & Media Relations
(214) 768-7650

Nov. 7, 2001


DALLAS (SMU) -- The SMU School of Engineering has announced plans to offer one- to three-day “short courses” for working professionals who want to keep up with rapidly changing technology.

The first courses will be offered in February 2002 and will be geared to professionals in the electrical engineering and telecommunications fields. Nine different courses will be offered, ranging from microelectromechanical systems to next generation networks.

Courses will be taught by industry leaders and by faculty members from the school’s Electrical Engineering Department. They will be held at the SMU School of Engineering’s facility at 1500 International Pkwy in Richardson.

“The SMU School of Engineering has many faculty members who are leaders in their respective fields,” said Jerry Gibson, chair of the Electrical Engineering Department. “Presenting these professional development short courses allows them to impart ‘just-in-time’ education to professionals in the rapidly changing technology industry.”

J. Kim McNutt, director of distance and extended education for the SMU School of Engineering, said the short courses offer a good educational opportunity for people who are unable to attend graduate school full-time.

“These courses will provide high-quality training to working professionals who want to impact their jobs and careers quickly, in a delivery mode and style that demanding work schedules now require,” McNutt said.

The complete schedule of classes is as follows:

Feb. 6-7, 2002
Multimedia Compression for Telecommunications, Internet and Wireless Applications
Modern Electronic Technology

Feb. 12, 2002
Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS)
Introduction to Optoelectronics

Feb. 19, 2002
S- Parameter Microwave Amplifier Design

Feb. 20, 2002
Overview of Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS)

Feb. 19-21, 2002
Telecommunications, the Internet and Multimedia

Feb. 27, 2002
Next Generation Networks, Bust or Boom?
Internet Traffic and Quality of Service

Prices range from $495 for a one-day course to $1,495 for a three-day course.

For more information on the courses, or to register, call 214-768-1175, send a message to or visit the course Web site at The registration deadline for each course will be two weeks before the course begins.