Project Guidelines


Student Project Information

Management Department
Master of Engineering Management
24 August 2009
Final Project Guidelines
Objective:
  • The objective of the Final Project requirement for Master of Engineering Management (MEM) students at New Mexico Tech (NMT) is to have students demonstrate the ability to:
  • Apply knowledge gained from the program to either a real-world engineering management problem or a research issue related to faculty-member research interest.
  • Demonstrate the ability to begin with a complex, possibly unstructured
    Problem, create potential solutions, criteria for evaluating those solutions, and generate a recommended solution to the problem.
  • Prepare a professional report describing the problem and a recommended solution based on your engineering-management analysis.
  • Present the project in a high-level, formal manner to the student’s committee in a public forum.
  • The Final Project is a major factor that differentiates the NMT MEM from both other Engineering Management degrees and also from MBA degree programs. Because of the applications orientation of the MEM program, students are encouraged to find a real application/problem – either at their workplace or in conjunction with NMT Management Department and MEM faculty.
  • The student’s graduate committee will, as part of the report and presentation evaluation process, determine whether a given student has succeeded in achieving the objectives listed above.
    Process
  • Students should begin thinking about potential final projects as early as possible, particularly as they are completing their core coursework. As they progress through the program, the following steps are necessary in order to complete the process of achieving the objectives delineated above:
  • Select an academic advisor who will also serve as your project advisor.
    This individual should be from the NMT MEM faculty, and should be
    someone who is interested in and has experience in the kinds of problems/projects you are thinking about. The academic advisor will
    also serve as the chair of your faculty committee.

    The NMT Graduate Office requires formation of your committee as you
    progress through the program. You will be required to form a committee
    with at least 3 members. A majority of your committee members must
    be from the MEM faculty. It’s a good idea to select committee members
    who are also interested in and familiar with your project, but the academic
    advisor is the key person, and is the person with whom you will be working closest on your project.
  • Meet with your advisor and determine the course of action for your project. One preliminary result must be a problem statement – you
    should be able to provide a reasonable idea of what you are doing
    in two sentences or less. Once defined, work with your advisor to develop a work and meeting schedule that will keep you on track.
  • Do the work – create the models, collect the data, develop the analysis
    needed to generate and support your recommendation.
  • Write the paper – this will likely be an iterative process, so be prepared
    for revisions and multiple drafts. Remember that one objective is to
    have you go through the problem definition à problem solution
    process, and going back-and-forth with your advisor with your paper
    is part of that process.
  • After you and your advisor have agreed on a reasonable version of
    Your report, circulate it to your committee. When you do that, schedule your formal presentation. Give your committee members at least 2
    Weeks to read your report prior to the scheduled presentation.
  • You should also schedule a meeting with your committee members so that they have the chance to discuss your work and any revisions they feel are necessary.
  • Complete your MEM degree.
    These steps are defined in a general manner. One of the strengths of NMT and the MEM program is the flexibility we offer the student. You need to complete all items on the list above; how you actually accomplish that is largely up to you and your advisor.

    Timelines
    Please do not expect to finish your paper and graduate within a week or two of that event. In general, you should give your advisor a month or so to work with you on the paper, and then allow at least 2 weeks for your committee members to digest your work – and, as necessary, interact with you with regard to what you have done.
    General deadlines for the project are as follows:
  • Submit first full draft of your paper to your advisor
    Fall: 14 October
    Spring: 15 March
    Summer: 10 July
  • Submit complete paper to your committee
    Fall: 15 November
    Spring: 15 April
    Summer: 20 July
  • Complete presentation and submit all completion materials to the NMT graduate office according to graduate office deadlines
  • Graduate Office Deadlines