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Denise Engebrecht
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Email: denisee@uidaho.edu

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Engineering Outreach
Phone: (208) 885-6373
Toll-free: (800) 824-2889
Fax: (208) 885-9249
E-mail: outreach@uidaho.edu


Degree Requirements

The Engineering Management master’s degree requires 30 credits; a minimum of 15 credits must be engineering courses.  You will earn a M. Engr. degree with an option to complete either a master’s project with an oral exam or take an additional elective and written comprehensive exam in lieu of the project.  Degree requirements follow a variety of policies regarding transfer credits from other universities.  Students work with their advisers to discuss transfer-ability of other courses.

Required Courses—12 credits

  • Engineering and Technology Management Fundamentals – EM 510
  • Leadership and Organizational Behavior – BUS 513
  • Enterprise Accounting – ACCT 582
  • Statistics – STAT 431

Quantitative Electives—6 credits

  • 500-level engineering courses that contain a focus on quantitative analysis of an engineering subject

Qualitative Electives

  • 400-level or higher courses from engineering, business, math, or statistics that are focused on management, process, and/or qualitative content

Study Plan Options

  • Project: 3 credits of EM 599 Master's Project with presentation and oral comprehensive exam
    • Study plan would include 27 credits of coursework plus the 3 credits of EM 599
  • Comprehensive exam: 1 credit of EM 596 Capstone Integration (requires additional coursework to meet graduation credit requirements)
    • Study plan would include 30 credits of coursework plus the 1 credit of EM 596

EM599 Master's Project Examples

  • Benchmarking Best Practice Processes for Capturing, Translating, and Deploying Operation and Maintenance Requirements
    This paper conveys the results of a Master’s study that uses several quality management tools to arrive at recommended project process improvements.  The study’s primary benchmark subject is The Commissioning Process, which is a quality-based  process aimed at ensuring that facility and system functionality meet the owner’s requirements.  The Master’s study utilizes Quality Function Deployment (QFD) technique to distinguish and prioritize those practices of the benchmark subject that will have the greatest ability to improve project processes.  The focus of this study is improving the translation and deployment of operation and maintenance (O&M) needs as critical-to-quality project requirements.  Finally, this study recommends practical applications of the best-practice project process highlighted in the paper.
  • Identifying Processes and Practices that Reduce Construction Project Durations
    The ABC Health Service (AHS) Sanitation Facilities Construction (SFC) program is responsible for completing hundreds of construction projects each year.  Beginning in 2011, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) will begin evaluating the program’s annual performance based upon the average duration of its completed projects.  Unfortunately, the program’s average project duration has been steadily climbing since 1993.  In order to successfully meet the OMB standard, the SFC program must quickly reverse this trend.  The objective of this capstone project is to identify existing practices and/or processes within the program that are reversing negative performance trends.  The findings will be made available to SFC program leadership to consider for wider implementation across the entire organization.
  • Developing Water Main Replacement Strategies Through Risk Assessment
    EPA’s Drinking Water Infrastructure Needs Survey determined the national capital expenditure need over the next 20 years is approximately $150.9 billion.  While this information is noteworthy for individual water system managers, it does not provide a defendable replacement strategy.  Using a risk assessment approach enables system managers to base their decisions upon quantitative information rather than the empirical knowledge that “more needs to be done.”  This project provides a model that determines the risk associated with various replacement strategies, taking into account local conditions and infrastructure histories.
  • Introducing Design for Six Sigma to the Flight Test Professional
    I am targeting flight test professionals by presenting techniques that apply towards the development of more efficient, streamlined, effective aircraft design and flight test techniques and procedures.  I discuss methods and benefits of merging Design for Six Sigma including Design of Experiment techniques into flight test.