M.E.M. Program Options

Students have the option to target their M.E.M. studies toward a specific field of interest. Five possible focus areas are listed below with corresponding elective courses from which students may choose in order to complete their M.E.M. program.

Students who complete three electives in one of the focus areas and complete an ENGG 390 internship project in that same area will be awarded a certificate of completion upon graduation from the M.E.M. program.

Healthcare Systems Focus

Students interested in applying engineering management and systems engineering to the healthcare industry may choose electives offered at Thayer School, Tuck School of Business, and The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice (TDI). Additionally, they may choose an internship at a hospital or healthcare company to complete the ENGG 390 project. The opportunity to explore independent study and research projects associated with The Dartmouth Center for Health Care Delivery Science is also available to students.

Jason Altman performs surgery
Photo courtesy of Jason Altman '97 (center)

Examples of M.E.M. healthcare electives:

Energy and Environmental Focus

Solar panels
Photo courtesy of Edward C. Kern Jr.'67 Th'68, founder of Irradiance Inc.

Students interested in applying engineering management to energy and environmental concerns may choose electives offered at Thayer School, Tuck School of Business, and environmental law courses offered at Vermont Law School located in South Royalton, Vermont. Additionally, they may choose to accept an internship at an energy or environmental company to complete the ENGG 390 project.

Examples of M.E.M. energy and environmental electives:

Manufacturing and Operations Focus

Factory floor Students interested in applying engineering management within the manufacturing industry or in an operations department may choose electives offered at Thayer School or the Tuck School of Business. Additionally, they may choose to accept an internship at a manufacturing company or undertake project to improve operations within a company to complete the ENGG 390 project.

Examples of M.E.M. manufacturing and operations electives:

Entrepreneurial Focus

M.E.M. students in a classroom
M.E.M. students attend a class in "Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship"

Students interested in starting a high-technology company might choose entrepreneurial electives offered at Thayer School and Tuck School of Business. Additionally, they may choose an entrepreneurial internship or project for ENGG 390. Practical experience can be gained by working with Thayer School professors who have patented their work and established successful businesses. Strategic advice, mentoring, and networking information are available through the Dartmouth Entrepreneurial Network.

Examples of M.E.M. entrepreneurial electives:

Management of Design Focus

Computer-Aided Design
Photo by John Sherman

Students interested in applying engineering management and systems engineering studies toward preparation in managing technology design efforts (e.g., in the fields of chemical process design, electronics design, product design, and mechanical design) may choose appropriate electives offered at Thayer School or Tuck School of Business. In addition, they may choose an ENGG 390 internship that is focused on design and/or management of design.

Examples of M.E.M. management of design electives:

Note that upper division engineering sciences courses such as ENGS 65, 73, 75, and 76, coupled with extra faculty-supervised student work, can also count toward the management of design focus area.

Duke University Exchange

Thayer School M.E.M. students may choose to spend their second fall term at Duke University taking equivalent courses in Duke's Master of Engineering Management program.