Engineering management joins ranks of globally certified programs

Dr. David Lyth

Dr. Larry Mallak

WMU’s master’s degree in engineering management is now one of six programs certified globally by the American Society for Engineering Management (ASEM). The certification is designed to recognize master’s programs that meet the rigorous standards of the organization.

According to ASEM, “Certification represents outstanding achievement in quality and content by those programs who achieve this distinction, and it places them among the elite in the country in offering their graduate programs.”

“We are so pleased to have our program recognized with this prestigious certification,” said Dr. Steve Butt, chair of the Department of Industrial and Entrepreneurial Engineering and Engineering Management. “Our faculty is outstanding and have created a solid program that meets the needs of employers, challenges our students and makes them ideal candidates for leadership positions in industry.”

Dr. David Lyth and Dr. Larry Mallak lead the program and were notified that it passed its initial certification in November. ASEM evaluators visited campus in October to assess the program quality and meet with students, faculty, alumni and staff involved in the program. The evaluators were impressed with what they observed and noted the rigor of the program.

Engineering management is a multidisciplinary field that bridges the gap between engineering and business, integrating the management of people, money and projects. This focus appeals to students with engineering and technical backgrounds who seek to advance their technical knowledge while adding management skills. The demand for leadership in modern manufacturing and service-based industries has dramatically increased the need for people with both skill sets.

Senior, full-time engineering faculty teach courses in the program, with core courses in engineering management, quality, capital budgeting and project management. Graduates of WMU’s program lead engineering efforts in companies such as Google, Apple, General Motors, Stryker, Denso, JR Automation and many others.

Students who graduate from the newly certified program will earn the Certified Associate in Engineering Management (CAEM) credential. The CAEM is recognized internationally in the engineering management community as a mark of quality for professionals in engineering management and is the stepping stone to the Certified Professional in Engineering Management (CPEM) credential. Graduates of the engineering management master’s program already benefit from WMU’s Registered Educational Provider status with the Project Management Institute and earn credit toward project management certifications as a Project Management Professional (PMP) and a Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM). Many also graduate with their Six Sigma Green Belt certification.

The 30-credit graduate program is offered in Kalamazoo, as well as in Grand Rapids and beginning in fall 2018, at a regional location in Florida. Florida classes will meet monthly on Fridays and Saturdays to accommodate busy professionals and those who fly in for classes.

For additional information, contact the program advisor, Dr. David Lyth, at or (269)276-3368.