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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

St. Bonaventure Offering New Major

Drawing on the integration of technology and management, St. Bonaventure University will offer a new major in industrial management beginning fall 2015. The B.S. in industrial management program is designed to give students a solid science and engineering base coupled with a business preparation that will enable graduates to fill dynamic managerial roles in today’s technical industries. With courses from the university’s School of Business and the engineering physics offerings from the School of Arts and Sciences, the program draws on a broad range of faculty expertise and internship opportunities.

“The ability to design, produce, sell and service quality products in today’s complex and competitive marketplace requires managers who understand engineering principles as well as possess the skills to manage technical projects and professionals,” said Dr. Pierre Balthazard, dean of the School of Business.

Industrial management, he explained, is a specialized form of management that is really concerned with applying engineering principles to business practice.

“The practice of industrial management is represented by a set of emerging careers that bring together the technological problem-solving savvy of engineering and the organizational, administrative and planning abilities of management in order to oversee complex enterprises from conception to completion,” Balthazard said.

Examples of industrial management fields are product development, manufacturing, econometrics, design engineering, industrial engineering, business intelligence, analytics, technology, production, or any other field that employs personnel who perform an applied engineering function within a business context.

The industrial management major will be available to all undergraduate students beginning fall 2015.

Graduates of the program will be prepared for a wide variety of career paths, including plant supervision, project management, process engineering, quality assurance, econometrics, production planning and control, business analytics, inventory management, technical sales, research and development management, or even technology entrepreneurship in a start-up company.

With the challenges faced on a global level — sustainability, health care, and environmental protection, for instance — there is a new need for companies and organizations to integrate technical and business skills to solve these difficult problems.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics suggests double-digit job growth for individuals with these skills, totaling a job base of more than 1.7 million positions nationally and a growth of 335,000 positions within the next 10 years, Balthazard said.

For more information about the industrial management degree, contact the university’s Office of Admissions at 1-800-462-5050 or visit www.sbu.edu/IndustrialManagement.

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