The Master of Engineering Management Programs Consortium (MEMPC) will be hosting the first ever Programs’ Alumni Council on October 24 in Palo Alto, California. The meeting is a kickoff event for the start of the new council which will include alumni from each school in the consortium. At the meeting, member schools will give a short summary of their program followed by an informal networking meet and greet.
Professor Bob Graves from the Thayer Engineering School at Dartmouth developed the idea for the MEMPC in 2005 with the hope of raising awareness about the MEM degree. Northwestern University, Dartmouth, and Duke attended the first meeting at GE Healthcare in Waukesha, Wisconsin in 2006 while Stanford and Cornell soon joined in 2007. MIT rounded out the consortium last year at which time representatives from each MEMPC school met to discuss the future of the consortium and to develop new goals moving forward.
Recent news in the past year suggests that MEM programs are becoming increasingly more valuable (see our WSJ Says Move Over M.B.A.s post for more information) but the degree still does not command the authority and reach such a unique program could be capable of achieving. MEMPC’s new vision will include the founding characteristics of keeping employers informed about the great potential MEM students hold while continuing to develop credibility for the degree. New goals include increasing awareness of the MEM skill sets in technical leadership, project management, and innovation and improving alumni and industry connections.
The MEM PAC meeting this year will be an important step forward in the process of building and leveraging strategic networks to enrich the careers of MEM alumni. MEM alumni from all six schools are welcome to join the meeting and help improve the quality of engineering management programs and engineering management careers. Please RSVP here and be sure to keep an eye on MEM PAC developments even if you cannot attend this first event. MEM degree holders offer a unique set of skills and industry connections, and by building a stronger community and effective means of collaborating, we continue to help each other improve and grow.