Contact: Jenni Smith
SMU News & Media Relations
(214) 768-7650


March 14, 2002


DALLAS (SMU) -- The SMU School of Engineering has announced plans to offer executive master's degree programs in two additional engineering specialties. The new programs will begin in August or as soon as sufficient enrollment is reached.

The new programs to be offered in the executive format are manufacturing systems management and systems engineering. Classes will meet one Friday and Saturday a month for two years, with an additional full week of classes during the summer.

The programs will be targeted to students currently working in industry who want to gain the skills necessary to move into top management positions. Both have been designed in close cooperation with industry.

The Executive Master of Science degree in Manufacturing Systems Management is designed for professionals with five years experience as a lead engineer or manager of engineering, manufacturing or a related discipline. It will prepare future leaders to effectively integrate the entire product commercialization process from strategy to design to operations management.

"Nearly every company providing products needs executives with expertise in the latest manufacturing technologies and the general management skills to lead in today's highly competitive markets," said Michael Cassidy, director of external programs in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. "This program prepares individuals not only with a deep understanding of the latest technologies, but also strengthens communication, collaboration, planning and leadership skills."

For more information on the new executive master's degree in manufacturing systems management, contact Cassidy at 214-768-3124.

The Executive Master of Science degree in Systems Engineering is designed to provide engineers or engineering managers with the capability to effectively manage the process of developing complex systems in an ever-changing environment. SMU has offered the only systems engineering graduate program in the Dallas/Fort Worth area since 1995.

"The program is designed to develop expertise for development and management of systems (products and services) that satisfy customer requirements by considering engineering, technology, environmental, management, risk and economic factors by viewing the system as a whole over its life cycle using systems engineering principles, methods and practices," said program director Dick Barr. Students interested in more information on the new executive master's degree in systems engineering may contact Barr at 214-768-1100.

The SMU School of Engineering is the first engineering school in the Dallas area to offer master's degrees in the executive format. The School of Engineering already has announced plans to offer five other master's degrees in the executive format: electrical engineering with a specialization in telecommunications, telecommunications for non-engineers, software engineering, engineering management, and information engineering and management.

Detailed information on each program is available on the SMU School of Engineering Web site at