MechE Teams Up with Sloan to Offer New Track in Ocean Systems Management
|The Ocean Engineering Systems Management track will provide future managers in the shipping industry with both business and engineering skills.|
A new collaboration between the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Sloan School of Management in the Leaders in Global Operations (LGO) program has yielded a new track. The track in Ocean Engineering Systems Management will commence in the fall of 2012.
The new collaborative degree came about as a result of the increased demand in the ocean industry for highly skilled managers with strong technical background. More than 70% of all trade in the US is conducted via ships, accounting for more than $3 trillion of our annual economic activity, and in the European Union, the percentage of ship trading is even higher. Add to that the new demand for “greener” ships and the prediction that the trade between the industry with both business and engineering skills. US and Europe with Asian countries is expected to double by 2025, and there couldn’t be a better time to start offering a degree that teaches the hard and soft business skills of a great leader and a manager alongside the technical ocean engineering skills needed to back it up.
“We are very excited about this new track in Ocean Engineering Systems Management,” says Professor Michael S. Triantafyllou, the William I. Koch Professor of Marine Technology and Director of the Center of Ocean Engineering. “We expect it to produce the new leaders that will guide the industry through radical changes and great opportunities that lie ahead in the near future.”
The new degree is a 2-year program, including a six-month apprenticeship. Students receive both an MBA from the Sloan School of Management and an SM from the Department of Mechanical Engineering. The LGO program already offers three other successful degree tracks in a three-way partnership between Sloan, Mechanical Engineering, and industry: Manufacturing Systems, Environmental Sustainability, and Biomechanics.