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					                     Master of
                     Engineering
                     in
                     Professional
                     Practice




mepp.engr.wisc.edu
    What is the Master of Engineering
    in Professional Practice?
    The Master of Engineering in Professional         MEPP equips you to tackle:
    Practice (MEPP) is a two-year graduate              Economic and “big picture” analysis
    engineering program designed to give                Global competition and partnerships
    experienced engineers from all disciplines
                                                        Strategic decision-making
    the tools and capabilities to be more effective
    engineering leaders.                              MEPP prepares you to:
    This world-class degree program provides a          Lead global, networked teams
    mixture of online delivery and a supportive,        Effectively communicate new ideas
    integrated group of students and faculty that        and information to all levels of an
    allows you to actively learn competitive,            organization
    practical skills from anywhere in the world.
                                                        Oversee product and process
                                                         improvements
    Gain technical proficiency in:
      Project management                             MEPP students see results:
      Business operations                              In a survey of graduates 95% said
      Communications                                    MEPP had a considerable or extensive
                                                         positive impact on their professional
      Quality management
                                                         development and careers
      Applied statistics
                                                        Recent surveys of MEPP students reveal
      Computer-based problem solving                    that more than 68% of students had
      International engineering practices               obtained a promotion or salary increase
                                                         before graduation
    MEPP is tailored for busy working
                                                        MEPP holds a 96% graduation rate—
    professionals like you, featuring:
                                                         better than most on-campus graduate
      An online platform accessible to you
                                                         programs
       from anywhere in the world
      Flexible learning times
      Courses that apply immediately to
       real-world work
      A supportive structure that keeps
       you on track




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Supportive Cohort Design
Learning online in the MEPP program is a far different experience than other online programs. The
program is designed for highly interactive, collaborative learning with peer professionals. You will
proceed through your two years in the program with the same “cohort.” This group of 30 students is
limited to experienced engineers from top organizations around the world.
The MEPP program also emphasizes group projects, which means you will be constantly interacting
with your colleagues via online tools like Web conferencing, online discussion forums, email, and
conference calls. MEPP students and alumni consistently note the cohort model as the key to their
success in the program. Many say they built stronger relationships in the MEPP program than they
did during their on-campus days as an undergraduate.
Because the MEPP program is highly exclusive, the MEPP Admissions Committee closely screens
applicants. The committee admits only 30 of the best candidates each year, ensuring that students will
be working with peers whose experience they will value as an additional learning resource.

Highly Interactive
Online Environment
Unlike many online degree programs, which              A typical week in the program
funnel information to students through the Web
without significant and meaningful interaction,        Each	semester	you’ll	take	two	courses	that	
MEPP uses the Internet to its full advantage.          complement each other in terms of content
With interactive tools, online Web conferencing,       and	activities.	In	a	typical	week	you’ll	have	
and more, the MEPP program focuses on close            assignments from both courses that include
collaboration between instructors and students         assigned readings, problems for individual
and among students. Problem-based assignments          and group analysis, a live Web conference,
are structured to draw out and engage the              online discussion, and online project work.
extensive expertise of fellow students as part of      You’ll	use	a	modern	Web-based	platform	
the learning experience.                               to download course information, post
On a weekly basis, you may:                            your assignments, and discuss course
                                                       topics with other students and instructors.
  •	 Present	your	group	project	to	the	entire	class	   Weekly lessons strategically use recorded
     and your instructor via Web conferencing          presentations, readings, and assignments in
  •	 Discuss	that	week’s	topic	on	the	online	          which you apply learning to real projects in
     forum for that class                              your workplace.
  •	 E-mail	your	instructor	with	a	question,	who	      During	weekly	live	Web	conferences,	you	
     will answer you within 24 hours                   will meet with faculty and colleagues in
  •	 Convene	with	your	group	over	a	project	via	       real-time to review lessons and assignments,
     conference call                                   discuss course topics and case studies, and
  •	 Seek	advice	from	and	discuss	professional	        present project work.
     issues with MEPP alumni
  •	 Interview	decision-makers	in	your	
     workplace for a MEPP assignment
  •	 Share	personal	and	professional	interests	
     with your MEPP peers via the online MEPP
     Community
This	unique	model	also	provides	students	
with experience in best practices in virtual
teamwork and collaboration—crucial skills in an
increasingly global economy.




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    MEPP Curriculum
    Year I: Summer                                          Year I: Fall
    Network Skills for Remote Learners                      Engineering Economic Analysis
    1 credit                                                and Management
    Instructors: Don Hanna, Thomas W. Smith,                3 credits
    and Mark Millard                                        Instructor:	Charles	Krueger
    Learning and working online requires that you           Learn principles and practices of interpreting
    master the tools and techniques of personal             financial	information	and	performing	engineering-
    information management, communication, and              related economic analyses. This course focuses on
    collaboration. This course will improve your            current practices, using economic information for
    efficiency and effectiveness in these areas for         decision-making,	and	control.	
    both work and learning. You will also take time to
    examine your own educational goals and develop          Course Topics
    a learning schedule to maximize the benefits you
                                                            Financial Principles
    receive from the MEPP program.
                                                            •	Implications	of	accounting	and	cost	systems	to	
    Course Topics                                             engineers
                                                            •	Interpretation	of	financial	data,	budgets,	and	
    Setting Up Your Learning Environment
                                                              accounting summaries
    •	Introduction	to	your	online	learning	environment
    •	Installing,	updating,	and	testing	required	software   Costing Systems and Management Control
    •	Troubleshooting	your	network,	tools,	and	             •	Activity-based	costing
      applications                                          •	Pricing	strategies	and	decision	making
    •	Addressing	security	at	home,	work,	and	on	the	        •	Cost	analysis	and	models
      road                                                  •	Budgeting	and	risk	analysis
    Learning at a Distance                                  Investment Analysis
    •	Participating	in	online	discussion	forums,	e-mail,	   •	Time	value	of	money
      wikis, and online conference environments             •	Discounted	cash	flow,	internal	rate	of	return,	
    •	Succeeding	as	a	distance	learner	                       and payback methods
    •	Juggling	roles,	responsibilities,	and	time            •	Sensitivity	and	break-even	analysis
    •	Making	your	life	mission	happen                       •	Impact	of	depreciation	and	income	tax
    Managing Information                                    Financial Models and Forecasts
    •	Strategies	for	e-mail	effectiveness	and	file	         •	Planning	and	control	models
      management                                            •	Contemporary	financial	management	techniques
    •	Using	a	formal	content	management	system	for	
      personal documents and group/team projects
    •	Conducting	professional	Web	and	library	searches
    Desktop Skills and Teamwork
    •	Sharing	data	among	applications	and	creating	
      compound documents
    •	Mastering	templates	and	styles
    •	Working	in	a	virtual	team
    •	Delivering	online	presentations




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Year I: Fall                                            Project Monitoring and Control
                                                        •	Data	collection	and	analysis
Technical Project Management                            •	Earned	value	analysis
3 credits                                               •	Detection	of	deviation
Instructors:	Jeffrey	Russell,	Wayne	Pferdehirt,	and	    •	Development	of	corrective	plans
John	Nelson                                             Project Termination
Learn practical strategies, tools, and methods to       •	Determining	whether	to	terminate	a	project	early
successfully plan, schedule, budget, and execute        •	Best	practices	for	wrapping	up	a	project	and	
projects.	Using	a	real	project	from	your	own	             capturing lessons learned
work, you and several team members will apply
methods and tools to improve the organization and       Project Risk Management
management of your selected project. The course         •	Understanding	and	assessing	sources	of	risk
also helps you learn how to use MS Project software     •	Strategies	for	reducing	and	managing	risk
to better plan and manage projects.                     Project Audits
Course Topics                                           •	Improving	projects	through	effective	audits
                                                        •	Strategies	for	leading	productive	project	audits
Project Evaluation and Selection
•	Methods	to	evaluate	and	prioritize	projects           Organizational Project Maturity
•	Organizational	project	portfolio	management           •	Assessing	and	improving	an	organization’s	project	
                                                          management capabilities
Project Organization
•	Project	definition	and	initiation                     Sustainability
•	Organizational	breakdown	structure                    •	Project	management	applications	of	engineering	
•	Work	breakdown	structure,	project	scope                 for sustainability
•	Matrix	organizations	and	task	assignments
Project Leadership and Team Management
•	Leadership	principles
•	Team	dynamics
                                                               See Immediate Results
Project Scheduling, Planning, and Analysis
•	Task	definition                                                 “In the course of going
•	Precedence	relationships	and	networks                        through the MEPP program,
•	Critical	path	analysis                                          [MEPP student and TDS
•	Total	and	free	float
                                                                  Telecom employee Dave
•	Early	and	late	schedules	
•	Project	Evaluation	and	Review	Technique	(PERT)              Pagenkopf] analyzed the very
                                                                 high cost of running some
Resource Allocation and Management
•	Identifying	and	managing	project	critical	resources           of our systems... Dave did a
•	Allocating	resources	among	several	projects                   very thorough analysis that
Project Budgeting                                               helped us see that we were
•	Methods	of	establishing	project	budgets	and	their	          well positioned to go to a new
  relative advantages                                         platform if we managed that
•	Identifying	and	managing	budget	uncertainty                  risk, and yield $1-2 million of
•	Communicating	and	managing	the	project	budget
                                                                   bottom-line savings.”
                                                              Leslie Hearn, CIO of TDS Telecom and
                                                                          supervisor of
                                                                         Dave Pagenkopf
                                                                       MEPP Class of 2011




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    MEPP Curriculum
    Year I: Spring                                          Year I: Spring
    Engineering Problem Solving                             Communicating Technical
    with Computers                                          Information
    3 credits                                               3 credits
    Instructor:	Jake	Blanchard                              Instructors:	Christine	Nicometo	and	Traci	Nathans-
    This course helps you develop the skills necessary      Kelly
    to solve the increasingly complex problems facing       CTI	focuses	on	communication	skills	for	technical	
    engineers today. Learn underlying principles and        leadership. The course addresses effective
    master techniques to utilize a number of tools with     communication strategies, audience analysis, and
    powerful	capabilities.	A	case	study	approach	ensures	   techniques that contribute to successful gathering,
    the practicality and applicability of the techniques    synthesizing, writing, and presenting technical
    covered. In attacking these case studies, you learn     information.	Along	with	assignments	that	support	an	
    techniques for solving linear and nonlinear systems,    on-the-job	written	project,	CTI	incorporates	weekly	
    optimization techniques, and approaches to solving      Web conferences, discussion forums, readings, and
    systems of differential equations that govern many      research	workshops	from	UW’s	Wendt	Commons	
    engineering problems. The tools used during the         (formerly	Wendt	Engineering	Library).
    course	include	MATLAB	and	Excel.
                                                            Course Topics
    Course Topics                                           •	Audience	Analysis:	Applying	strategies	for	technical,	
    Systems of Algebraic Equations                            non-technical,	and	mixed	audiences
    •	Linear	systems                                        •	Persuasion	Strategies:	Using	rhetorical	techniques	
                                                              that persuade audiences, readers, project teams,
    •	Non-linear	systems
                                                              and management
    Optimization                                            •	Technical	and	Work	Communication:	Creating	
    •	Single	and	multivariate	techniques                      electronic communication, written communication,
    Differential Equations                                    presentations; using proper style, tone, grammar,
                                                              diplomacy, documentation practices, archival
    •	Runge-Kutta	techniques
                                                              practices; working with international teams or
    •	Finite	difference	approaches
                                                              clients
    Miscellaneous                                           •	Major	Communication	Projects:	Developing	
    •	Numerical	integration                                   Technical	Proposals,	Technical	Reports	and	related	
    •	Data	analysis                                           documents,	Technical	Presentations
    •	Databases                                             •	Research:	Working	efficiently	and	thoroughly	with	
    •	Monte	Carlo	techniques                                  library, databases, Web resources; pursuing lifelong
                                                              learning




       Degree Requirements
       The	degree	requires	26	graduate	credits	obtained	by	completing	the	10	required	courses.	With	
       the exception of the summer sessions, you will take two courses each semester. You can expect to
       spend about 20 hours each week doing coursework and participating in group activities.


       Summer Residency Requirement
       Each summer you will meet with your fellow students and instructors in a week-long residency
       on the UW–Madison campus. Scheduled for August, these on-campus sessions will conclude the
       summer coursework and lead you into your fall courses.




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                          Employers Value the MEPP Program
            “I have personally observed the impact of this program on three
              participants; in all cases, the personal growth in engineering
            problem-solving skills, business acumen, and self-confidence have
                    been notable and professional success is certain.”
                               Cynthia Bachmann, Vice President, Engineering
                             Kohler Company, employer of nine MEPP graduates



Year II: Summer                                           Year II: Fall
Independent Reading and Research                          Engineering Applications of
in Applied Engineering                                    Statistics
1 credit                                                  3 credits
Instructors:	Philip	O’Leary	and	Paul	Ross                 Instructor:	Conrad	Fung
This summer course provides an opportunity to do          Most engineering decisions rely on numbers.
independent reading and research in a field of your       But	numbers	in	turn	can	be	subject	to	variation,	
choice	under	the	guidance	of	a	UW	faculty	member	         uncertainty, drift, bias, interpretation, context,
or	appropriate	advisor.	Often,	new	tools,	concepts,	      unstated assumptions, and hidden agendas. The
or strategies learned during the first year of MEPP       job of statistics is to find as much underlying truth
spark interest in exploring further applications of       as the numbers can reveal and to determine how
ideas. This independent study course is an excellent      much uncertainty remains. This course teaches you
opportunity for focused, personalized reading, and        strategies for managing the uncertainty that exists
research that can benefit your career.                    in all numbers in order to maximize the chance that
You	determine	your	IRRAE	topic	in	Spring	semester		       your decisions will be informed ones. In the course,
during	the	CTI	course	and	will	be	matched	with	           you examine the structure of variation and learn
a	UW	faculty	reviewer/coach.	Preparing	a	first	           the core descriptive methods for characterizing
draft	of	your	IRRAE	project	proposal	is	the	final	        and comparing populations. You also learn the
assignment	of	CTI.	Then,	during	the	IRRAE	                more	active	tools	of	experimental	design.	As	a	
summer	course,	you	use	a	variety	of	in-depth	             final project you design and execute a physical
research	techniques	with	the	staff	of	the	UW’s	           experiment and present the results. You will use the
Wendt	Commons	(formerly	Wendt	Engineering	                MINITAB	statistical	package	to	carry	out	most	of	
Library).                                                 the analyses in the course.
You	complete	four	main	project	steps	for	IRRAE:	          Course Topics
1)	a	project	proposal	with	a	research	plan,	
2)	a	literature	review,	3)	a	project	draft,	4)	a	final	   •	Tracking	down	variation,	descriptive	statistics,	
document. Several teleconferences during the                and statistical software
summer will cover project definition and scope,           •	Probability	distributions,	sample	size	effects,	
research updates, and preliminary project results.          and confidence intervals
You also are encouraged to work informally in small       •	Comparing	two	means
group	review	teams	within	your	cohort.	Finally,	          •	Design	of	experiments	I,	II,	III
throughout the process, you will receive advice and       •	Measurement	capability,	variance	components,	
feedback from the course instructors and from your          and	gage	R&R
faculty reviewer/coach.                                   •	Regression	analysis	I,	II
Your research deliverables are a short graduate level     •	Other	types	of	data:	skewness,	proportions,	
paper	plus	a	technical	presentation	during	the	year-        and counts
two summer residency in Madison. You may want to          •	Miscellaneous:	process	capability	metrics,	data	
use the paper at a conference or at work or publish         transformation, and response surface methodology
it in a journal.                                          •	Project	preparation	and	presentations




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    MEPP Curriculum
    Year II: Fall                                            Year II: Spring
    International Engineering Strategies                     Quality Engineering and Quality
    and Operations                                           Management
    3 credits                                                3 credits
    Instructor: Don Schramm                                  Instructor: Harold Steudel
    Learn to work better globally through a comparative      In this key course in your final semester, you lead a
    examination and analysis of global trends and            team at your workplace through the improvement
    regional variations of engineering concepts,             of	a	real-life	process,	product,	or	service.	The	course	
    standards	and	practices.	Using	organizational	           provides you an opportunity to explore and apply
    (public	and	private	sector)	case	studies,	this	course	   modern quality concepts, tools, and techniques
    describes	and	analyzes	multi-national	and	national	      to develop, implement, and maintain systems for
    engineering operations, summarizing best practices       improving quality and productivity in manufacturing
    and caveats.                                             and	service	organizations.	Use	of	quality	management	
    Comparative	regional	and	national	engineering	           and planning tools helps you to define quality
    professional practice procedures and methods are         problems and opportunities, implement measurable
    explored	from	Africa,	Asia,	Europe,	Latin	America,	      solutions,	and	foster	team-based	strategies	for	
    the	Middle	East,	and	the	Pacific	Basin.                  continuous improvement. The course also addresses
                                                             issues in change management and how to successfully
    Course Topics                                            implement change in an organization.
    International Engineering Systems                        Course Topics
    •	What	exists	today;	plans	for	tomorrow
                                                             Module One: Fundamentals of Quality
    •	Organizations:	national	and	multinational
                                                             Improvement
    •	Country	briefings
                                                             •	Kaizen/Total	Quality	Management
    Engineering Professional Practice                        •	Concepts	and	principles
    •	Consultant	versus	corporate                            •	Defining	good	process	improvement	projects	and	
    •	Engineering	norms	and	standards                          group processes
    •	Engineering	codes	and	procedures                       •	Assessing	organizational	change	readiness	
    •	International	engineering	journals                       (OCM	model)
    Engineering Operations                                   Module Two: Management and Planning Tools
    •	Office	and	desktop	procedures                          •	Affinity	diagrams	and	interrelationship	digraphs
    •	Field	and	on-site	work                                 •	Tree	diagrams
    •	Professional	and	personal	approaches                   •	Matrix	diagrams	and	prioritization	matrices
    •	Possible	adaptations	or	modifications                  •	Project	planning	and	management	techniques
    Working Across Cultures                                  Module Three: Change Management
    •	National	and	regional	cultures                         •	Challenge	and	nature	of	organizational	change
    •	Business	and	corporate	cultures                        •	Leading	successful	organizational	change
    •	Languages,	verbal,	and	nonverbal                       •	Training	tools	and	practical	issues
    •	Analysis	techniques	from	Hofstede	and	                 Module Four: Basic Statistical Techniques
      Trompenaars
                                                             •	Statistical	concepts	for	process	control	and	
    Special Concerns                                           assessment
    •	Economic	and	legal                                     •	Statistical	process	control	and	process	capability	
    •	Social	and	political                                     techniques
    •	Strategies,	structures,	and	people                     Module Five: Project Presentations
    •	Working	in	virtual	teams                               •	Project	presentations,	reviews,	and	final	report




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Year II: Spring                                         More about Summer
Applied Leadership and
Management of Engineering
                                                        Residencies
                                                        At this on-campus, week-long session you
Organizations
                                                        will meet your MEPP classmates and your
3 credits                                               instructors face-to-face, while you dive into
Instructor:	Christopher	Carlson-Dakes                   intensive coursework and group project
Explore strategies, models, and practices for leading   work that corresponds with your summer
and managing engineering organizations in a             semester course. You will also develop a clear
context directly relevant to you. You will engage in    understanding of your goals and the university
self-reflection	about	your	styles,	beliefs,	and	past	   resources available to help you. The program
experiences with leadership and management, and
                                                        also brings in expert speakers—engineers
emerge with an insightful understanding of your
personal approach as a professional.
                                                        with extensive experience and success in their
                                                        industry.
A	course	project	of	direct	relevance	to	you	and	your	
organization will help you integrate theory, models,    In	addition,	you’ll	have	plenty	of	time	in	the	
case	studies,	and	real-time	experiences	from	your	      evenings to explore the beautiful UW–Madison
workplace. You will leave the course with broad         campus with your cohort members, including
exposure to diverse approaches to leadership and        the State Street pedestrian mall, Camp Randall,
management, and a deeper understanding of how to
                                                        the State Capitol building, and the Memorial
put what you learn into action.
                                                        Union Terrace overlooking Lake Mendota.
Course Topics
•	Traditional	and	contemporary	models	of	
  leadership and management                             Enjoy Extensive
•	Organizational	culture	and	qualities	of	successful	
  engineering organizations                             Student Resources
•	Motivation	and	the	meaning	of	work                    Though you will only visit the UW–Madison
•	Employee	engagement	and	development                   campus briefly each summer, you will enjoy full
•	Group	dynamics	and	leading	teams                      status as a graduate student of the university,
•	Organizational	change	and	overcoming	obstacles        with benefits including:
•	Building	and	advancing	the	business	case	for	
  projects, products, and services                        Access to student support services
•	Building	systems	and	practices	that	sustain	            Student pricing on products such as
  excellence within an engineering organization            computer software
                                                          Access to the UW–Madison academic
                                                           libraries,	which	offer	you	10%	of	the	world’s	
                                                           library resources
                                                          Student tickets to UW Badgers sporting
                                                           events in Madison or for away games
                                                          Access to the UW–Madison recreational
                                                           sport facilities when in Madison, including
                                                           the University Ridge golf course




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     Real-life Student Success
     Marjorie Melton, LEED AP
     CEO
     M3 Engineering Group PC
     MEPP Class of 2003
                                               from the MEPP program gave her
     The knowledge and skills Marjorie gained
                                               her own successful engineering
     the leadership skills necessary to start
     business.
                                                ential tool to my appointment
     “Having an advanced degree was an ess
                                               vice for the City of St. Louis. The
     as President of the Board of Public Ser
                                             it easy for me to earn my degree
     MEPP program’s online delivery made
                                              y schedule.
      despite my demanding career and bus
                                                 were directly applicable to
      The skills I learned in the MEPP courses
                                                  instrumental in helping me
      my everyday work environment, and were
                                              the next level.
      organize and lead the department to
                                            and find that I often refer back to
      I have now started my own business
                                             ide direction and leadership to my
      the course materials to help me prov
                                                   program to anyone wanting an
       new staff. I would highly recommend the
                                               may not fit a typical classroom
       advanced degree but whose situation
       structure.”




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 Top Organizations Support the MEPP Program
 Every year, the MEPP program has admitted students from some of the top companies in the
 world. The organizations listed below benefit every day from the knowledge and skills their MEPP
 students and alumni have brought to the table.
  3M                                              Intel
  Abbott Labs                                     John	Deere
  Affiliated Engineers                            JohnsonDiversey
  American Electric Power                         Kellogg
  Arriyadh	Development	Authority                  Kimberly-Clark
  AT&T                                            Kohler
  BAE Systems                                     Kraft
  Boeing                                          Lockheed Martin
  Cap-Gemini                                      MEDRAD
  Carrier                                         Mercury Marine
  Caterpillar                                     Micron
  Cingular Wireless                               Midwest Airlines
  City	of	Des	Moines                              Motorola
  City of St. Louis                               NASA
  Cummins                                         Navistar
  Dell	Perot	Systems                              Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc.
  Eli Lilly                                       P & H Mining
  Fairbanks Morse                                 Plexus Corp.
  Federal Express                                 Oshkosh Truck
  FermiLab                                        Qualcomm
  Genentech                                       Rockwell Automation
  GE Healthcare                                   Sanofi Pasteur
  General Motors                                  Sirius Satellite Radio
  Google                                          Somfy China
  Gulfstream Aerospace                            TDS	
  Hamilton Sundstrand                             Trane
  Harley-Davidson                                 US Air Force
  Hewlett-Packard                                 US Army
  IBM                                             US Bureau of Indian Affairs
  Indian Health Service                           US National Security Agency
                                                  US Navy




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     Earn a Degree from a                                Employers See
     Respected Institution                               Immediate Returns
     The value of your degree depends on the             Your employer will see immediate results from
     curriculum and the reputation of the university     your MEPP learning. Because you will use your
     granting the degree. The University of              real-life work as material for your courses, the
     Wisconsin–Madison is recognized worldwide for       learning you do in the MEPP program will
     its commitment to educational excellence. As        provide you with new solutions, tools, and ideas
     a student in the MEPP program you will be a         for your actual, everyday work.
     UW–Madison graduate student in every respect
     and earn a degree with the same academic            Course examples include:
     stature as any other master of engineering degree      Technical Project Management: Apply
     awarded by UW–Madison.                                   project management best practices to an
       UW–Madison is among the top five                      actual project at work
         universities with the most alumni serving as       Quality Engineering and Quality
         CEOs for Fortune 500 companies, according            Management: Lead a project at your
         to US News and World Report                          workplace through improvement of a real
       UW–Madison is among the top five US                   product or process
         universities in research expenditures              Communicating Technical Information:
      	 UW–Madison’s	College	of	Engineering	is	              Improve actual documents you are
         ranked among the top graduate engineering            preparing to meet workplace needs and
         schools by US News and World Report                  prepare a presentation for a group of
                                                              colleagues at your workplace
                                                         These and other projects will immediately benefit
     Join an Award-                                      you and your employer, while also providing
     Winning Program                                     opportunities to share the results of your
                                                         learning with colleagues.
     MEPP is internationally regarded as one of the
     premier graduate degree programs available for      Many MEPP students have used their new skills
     engineering professionals. MEPP has won major       and knowledge to save their organizations more
     awards	that	recognize	the	exceptional	quality	of	   than the cost of their tuition before graduation,
     the program, from top organizations, including:     making the MEPP program an investment with
                                                         high returns.
      	 United	States	Distance	Learning	Association	
         (USDLA)
      	 American	Distance	Education	Consortium	         Get the Best Value
       Sloan Consortium
       University Continuing Education
                                                         for Your Investment
         Association (UCEA)                              Employers of MEPP students understand that
                                                         delivering the best value to customers is far more
     MEPP has also been highlighted as a benchmark
                                                         important than being the cheapest option. We
     program for graduate engineering educational
                                                         guarantee that every dollar and hour you invest
     excellence that meets the needs of practicing
                                                         in MEPP delivers a high return in valuable
     engineers by top publications, including IIE
                                                         learning.	You	won’t	waste	time	in	courses	
     Solutions,	ASCE’s	Civil	Engineering,	SWE	
                                                         detached from your needs as an engineer or
     Magazine,	ASEE	Prism,	and	NSPE’s	Professional	
                                                         traveling to campus and working around campus
     Engineer.
                                                         schedules. You and your employer immediately
                                                         benefit as you apply new strategies and tools to
                                                         improve real projects and processes.




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Financial Aid Available                               Admission
Student loans are available for this program.
All MEPP students who are U.S. citizens or
                                                      Requirements
permanent residents are eligible to receive some      Admission is based on the following:
level of funding from the federal Stafford loan          A BS degree from a program accredited by
program.	These	loans	are	available	to	qualified	          the Accreditation Board for Engineering and
graduate students taking at least four credits            Technology	(ABET)	or	the	equivalent*	
per semester. Visit the University of Wisconsin-
                                                         A minimum of four years of post
Madison Office of Financial Aid at
                                                          baccalaureate engineering experience
finaid.wisc.edu	to	learn	more.	Our	Director	
of Student Services will assist you through the          A minimum undergraduate grade-point
financial aid process and can be contacted at:            average of 3.0 (on a scale where 4.0 = A)
                                                          or	the	equivalent	for	the	last	60	semester	
Phone:	608-262-0133                                       hours (Applicants with less than a 3.0
Email: meppapply@epd.engr.wisc.edu                        may be admitted at the discretion of the
                                                          department.)
Tuition Reimbursement Programs                           For applicants whose native language is not
through Your Employer                                     English, a minimum acceptable score of 580
Many students work for companies that limit               on the written Test of English as a Foreign
tuition reimbursement to a set amount each                Language (TOEFL) or 243 on computer
year. Please note that although the program is            version
completed in four semesters and two summer               For international applicants, a degree
sessions, this activity is actually spread out over       comparable	to	an	approved	US	bachelor’s	
three calendar years.                                     degree
                                                      EPD	does	not	require	applicants	to	submit	scores	
Tuition and Fees                                      from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
For the most current tuition and fees infor-
mation, please visit mepp.engr.wisc.edu/fees.         *Equivalency to an ABET accredited program:
                                                      Applicants	who	do	not	have	a	bachelor’s	degree	
The MEPP fees listed includes tuition, web access
                                                      from an ABET accredited program may also
to courses, Summer Residency registration, toll-
                                                      qualify	for	admission	to	the	program.	Such	
free access to web conferencing, and full access
                                                      applicants must have a BS in science, technology,
to UW–Madison library resources.
                                                      or a related field with sufficient coursework
                                                      and professional experience to demonstrate
                                                      proficiency in engineering practice. Registration
                                                      as a professional engineer by examination, if
                                                      achieved, should be documented to support your
                                                      application.

                                                      Exceptions
                                                      Exceptions	to	the	admissions	requirements	
                                                      listed	are	made	on	a	case-by-case	basis.	If	you’re	
                                                      considering the MEPP program, but are unsure
                                                      that	you	meet	the	admission	requirements,	
                                                      forward	your	resume	to	the	Director	of	Student	
                                                      Services at meppapply@epd.engr.wisc.edu. We
                                                      are	happy	to	discuss	your	qualifications	and	help	
                                                      you build the strongest application possible.
                                                      Phone:	608-262-0133
                                                      Email: meppapply@epd.engr.wisc.edu



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     MEPP Advisory                                      leaders	meet	the	challenges	of	today’s	business	
                                                        environment. His combined experience brings
     Committee                                          into the classroom a strong, diverse blend of real
                                                        world perspectives.
     The MEPP Advisory Committee is an esteemed
     group of expert engineering educators and                          Conrad Fung, PhD, is adjunct
     leaders from top engineering organizations from                    assistant professor at UW–
     all over the world, including:                                     Madison and a statistician in
                                                                        private practice in the Milwaukee
       Kohler
                                                                        area.	From	1981	to	1984	he	
       GE Healthcare                                                   was	a	statistician	at	the	DuPont	
       Hamilton Sundstrand                                             Company, implementing modern
      	 Harley-Davidson                                quality	control	at	DuPont’s	manufacturing	
                                                        plants	in	Europe	and	in	the	US.	During	1987-
     Visit mepp.engr.wisc.edu/Why_MEPP/Faculty/
                                                        92 he held joint appointments at UW–Madison
     Advisory_Committee.lasso to see current
                                                        in	the	Department	of	Industrial	Engineering	
     committee members.
                                                        and the Center for Quality and Productivity
                                                        Improvement. He was an officer of the American
                                                        Society for Quality for four years, retiring from
     MEPP Faculty                                       the	chairmanship	of	the	Statistics	Division	in	
                    Jake Blanchard, PhD, is chair       1992.	He	presently	consults	for	companies	across	
                    of the Engineering Physics          the US in a wide variety of industries. He has a
                    Department	at	UW–Madison.	          PhD	degree	in	statistics	from	UW–Madison.
                    He holds a BS in mechanical                         Don Hanna, PhD, is professor
                    engineering, an MS in                               of educational communications,
                    engineering,	and	a	PhD	in	                          University of Wisconsin
                    nuclear engineering, all from                       Extension.	Don	has	written	
     UCLA. He has published more than 75 articles                       extensively in the fields of
     on several engineering topics, including fusion                    distance learning, leadership,
     technology, solid mechanics, materials, and                        technology, and organizational
     applied physics. He is the recipient of the 2002   change in higher education, and he regularly
     UW	Distinguished	Teaching	Award	and	the	           consults on these topics with educational
     2008 Harvey Spangler Award for Technology          organizations nationally and internationally.
     Enhanced Instruction.                              He is an experienced online educator, and
                     Christopher G. Carlson-Dakes,      frequently	is	a	keynote	speaker	at	online	learning	
                     PhD, LEED AP, is a faculty         conferences. He has been both an administrator
                     associate in the College of        and teacher at four land-grant universities
                     Engineering at UW–Madison          and has helped to lead major institution-wide
                     and has created courses and        change efforts related to technology and distance
                     professional development           learning.	He	received	his	PhD	from	Michigan	
                     programs for students, faculty,    State	University	in	1978	and	his	AB	degree	from	
     and staff. He has also worked and consulted        the	University	of	Kansas	in	1969.
     in industry as the director of organizational                      Charles Krueger, CPA,
     development for an architectural engineering                       CIA, is associate professor of
     firm, and as an organizational consultant for                      management for the Wisconsin
     engineering and biotechnology firms. His                           School of Business Executive
     degrees in mechanical engineering and socio-                       Education at the University of
     technical industrial systems engineering allow                     Wisconsin-Madison. He directs
     him to combine a highly technical curriculum                       programs in accounting, finance
     with social issues to help future engineering      business management, and related fields with
                                                        a focus is on helping managers use financial




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information for effective decision making. His       science with an emphasis in human-computer
background includes a decade in the insurance        interaction and learning technologies from
industry, where he held positions in corporate       Indiana University. Mark is also currently
operations. Krueger is author of numerous            working	toward	his	PhD	in	information	science	
articles on his major interest areas. In addition,   from Indiana University.
he authored a book and an executive educational
                                                                     John Nelson, PE, is adjunct
program on financial analysis. Krueger serves on
                                                                     professor of civil and
the local board of the Institute of Management
                                                                     environmental engineering
Accountants. He is also an active member of
                                                                     at UW–Madison, and a
the Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public
                                                                     consultant to the building design
Accountants, American Institute of Certified
                                                                     and construction industry.
Public Accountants, Society of Insurance
                                                                     In addition to his faculty
Trainers and Educators, and the Institute of
                                                     responsibilities, John serves as a business and
Internal Auditors.
                                                     management consultant to the architectural,
                Traci Nathans-Kelly, PhD,            engineering and construction industry. Over
                came to UW–Madison to teach          a three-decade period, he served as Project
                in	the	College	of	Engineering’s	     Engineer,	Department	Head,	Project	Manager,	
                Technical Communication              Vice President and Chief Executive Officer at
                program in 2000, joining MEPP        Affiliated	Engineers.	Under	John’s	leadership,	
                in 2006. She teaches technical       Affiliated Engineers became a nationally
                communication, technical             recognized engineering firm in the area
presentations, technical editing, Web design,        of building dynamic systems for large and
writing user manuals, and other topics. She also     complicated projects. His background includes
works for IEEE/Wiley as the series editor for        design, applications and research experience
“Engineering Professional Communication”             with dynamic building systems, along with
line and as the IEEE Press Liaison for the           business	and	project	management.	John’s	
Professional Communication Society. Active           academic training is in Mechanical Engineering,
in the Society for Technical Communication           with a bachelor degree from Bradley and a
as Senior Member, she is the manager for             Masters from UW–Madison.
International Technical Communication, part
                                                                      Christine G. Nicometo, MS, has
of the Committee on Global Strategies, and
                                                                      taught technical communication
judges competitions at the international level for
                                                                      courses for undergraduate and
the publications contests for scholarly journals,
                                                                      graduate students at the UW–
scholarly articles, and information materials.
                                                                      Madison campus since 2003.
With a team of colleagues, she recently finished
                                                                      After receiving her Master of
a four-year NSF study about how engineers learn
                                                                      Science degree in Rhetoric and
their craft and what values and skills they bring
                                                     Technical Communication from Michigan
to their work.
                                                     Technological University, she taught technical
                Mark Millard, MS, is the             communication and English as a second
                Learning	Design	and	Technology	      language (ESL) courses there before coming to
                Specialist	for	the	Department	       Madison. She also taught at Finlandia University
                of Engineering Professional          where she was the director of a federal, TRIO,
                Development	in	the	College	of	       Students Support Services grant. She has served
                Engineering at UW–Madison.           as	director	of	the	New	Educator’s	Orientation	
                Prior to joining UW–Madison,         program for the College of Engineering for the
Mark	was	the	Assistant	Director	of	the	Office	       past seven years and is an active member of the
of Instructional Consulting in the School of         American Society of Engineering Education.
Education at Indiana University. He holds a          Her most recent scholarship has focused on
BS in experimental psychology from Colorado          combining findings from cognitive research to
State University, and an MS in information           inform best practices in technical presentations.




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                      Philip R. O’Leary, PhD, PE,                         Jeffrey S. Russell, PhD, PE,
                      is	chair	of	the	Department	                         is Vice Provost of Life Long
                      of Engineering Professional                         Learning	and	Dean	of	Continuing	
                      Development	at	UW–Madison,	                         Studies and a co-founder of
                      which administers the MEPP                          the Construction Engineering
                      degree. In addition he conducts                     and Management program at
                      professional development courses                    UW–Madison. He has a BS
     in the areas of solid waste management and          degree in civil engineering from the University
     related environmental topics. Prior to joining      of	Cincinnati,	and	MS	and	PhD	degrees	from	
     the university, he worked for the Wisconsin         Purdue	University.	Recipient	of	more	than	11	
     Department	of	Natural	Resources	where	he	           national and regional awards and four best
     developed guidelines and issued permits             paper	awards	for	his	research,	Dr.	Russell	
     for industrial pollution control systems,           has published nearly 200 technical papers on
     land application of effluent systems, and the       construction topics and two books, Constructor
     application of sludge on agricultural land.         Prequalification	(1996)	and	Surety Bonds for
     Dr.	O’Leary	earned	BS	and	MS	degrees	in	            Construction Contracts (2000), with a third
     agricultural	engineering	and	a	PhD	in	land	         book on the design for constructability and
     resources with a specialization in energy and       maintainability in progress. He served as editor-
     environmental issues, all from UW–Madison.          in-chief of the ASCE Journal of Management in
                                                         Engineering	(1995-2000)	and	as	founding	editor-
                     Paul Ross, MA, teaches UW–
                                                         in-chief of the ASCE publication Leadership and
                     Madison campus courses in
                                                         Management in Engineering (2000-2003). He
                     technical communication for
                                                         is presently Chair of the ASCE Committee on
                     undergraduates and graduate
                                                         Academic	Prerequisites	for	Professional	Practice,	
                     students in science, technology,
                                                         which is charged with defining the future
                     and engineering. He directed
                                                         education	requirements	necessary	to	practice	
                     the	university’s	Technical	
                                                         civil engineering at the professional level.
     Communication Internship program. A member
     of the Technical Communication Program                               Don Schramm, MS, RA, is
     at	UW–Madison	since	1991,	he	has	taught	                             a faculty associate with the
     at Northern Illinois University, Texas A&M                           Department	of	Engineering	
     University, and several community colleges.                          Professional	Development	
     He has taught in MEPP since the beginning                            at UW–Madison. He has
     of the program. He is committed to continued                         responsibilities for courses
     cooperation between the university and industry;                     in building energy systems,
     his work experience includes Texas Instruments      creativity, disaster management, workplace
     and the Sundstrand (now Hamilton Sundstrand)        design, and distance learning. A registered
     Aviation Advanced Technology Group as a             architect in Wisconsin, he holds an architectural
     documentation specialist. His recent work is        degree from the University of Illinois–Urbana
     in service learning and public service in the       and an MS from UW–Madison. He has been
     engineering profession. He is a fellow of the       in private practice and taught for a year as a
     UW Teaching Academy and is active in ASEE.          Fulbright professor at universities in Bogotá and
                                                         Cali, Colombia. He has worked in professional
                                                         education for three decades throughout the
                                                         United States and has lived and worked in more
                                                         than 50 countries in Latin America, Africa,
                                                         Asia and Europe. He directs the University
                                                         of	Wisconsin–Disaster	Management	Center	
                                                         (UW–DMC),	a	provider	of	international	distance	
                                                         learning	programs	since	1985.




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                Thomas W. Smith, MS, is               MEPP Program Director
                a program director in the                             Wayne P. Pferdehirt, MS, PE,
                Department	of	Engineering	                            AICP, is the director of the MEPP
                Professional	Development	at	                          program and director of graduate
                UW–Madison. He manages                                distance degree programs for the
                a series of short courses on                          College of Engineering. Wayne
                engineering leadership and led                        oversees the development and
the early development of the MEPP program.                            delivery of MEPP courses and
He also teaches courses in personal information       ensures that the program meets the needs of
management and virtual teamwork. Tom                  current and prospective students. Wayne also
was instrumental in the development of the            co-teaches the Technical Project Management
university’s	web	conferencing	and	video	              course. Prior to joining UW–Madison, Wayne
communications capabilities, and has received         directed the Midwest solid waste consulting
several awards for this work. He has written          services of an international environmental
extensively on telecommunications and distance        consulting firm and led energy conservation
education	and	is	a	frequent	speaker	on	this	topic.	   research projects for Argonne National
He	received	his	AB	degree	from	Dartmouth	             Laboratory. He has a BS in engineering from
College and MS degree from UW–Madison.                Carnegie-Mellon University and an MS in
               Harold J. Steudel, PhD, PE, is         civil engineering with an emphasis in regional
               the Emerson Electric Professor         planning from Northwestern University.
               Emeritus in Total Quality in           Wayne is a licensed professional engineer and a
               the	Department	of	Industrial	          nationally certified professional planner.
               and Systems Engineering
               (ISyE) at UW–Madison. He is            MEPP Director of Student Services
               active	in	teaching	quality	and	                       Gary Henderson, MA, is the
productivity improvement courses both in ISyE                        director of student services for
and the MEPP Program. He also served as the                          the MEPP program. One of
convener of the Quality Engineering group and                        his roles is to address student
department	chair	for	nine	years.	Dr.	Steudel	                        concerns and issues and seek
draws upon more than 35 years of experience                          resolution when these conflict
in designing and implementing leading-                               with academic performance. He
edge	techniques	for	improving	the	control	            chairs the MEPP Admissions Committee and is
and	productivity	of	organizations’	quality,	          the point-of-contact person for applicants and
environmental and manufacturing systems. He           students. Gary has been advising students in
has developed assessment tools, training courses,     both on-campus and distance learning programs
and other management system elements for              since	2001.	He	holds	a	BA	in	social	psychology,	
Malcolm	Baldrige,	ISO	9001,	QS	9000,	ISO/TS	          an MA in counseling, social and organizational
16949,	and	ISO	14001	international	guidelines	        psychology, and has completed doctoral studies
and standards. He has also served as a certified      in organizational behavior and strategy.
quality	system	lead	auditor	under	the	Registrar	
Accreditation Board (RAB).




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     Real-life Student                               As a full-time engineer who has gone
                                                     through the on-campus experience for his
     Success                                         MBA at the University of Michigan, Rudy
                                                     notes that the MEPP program was a
     Rudy Quiles
                                                     markedly different experience—and not just
     Civil Affairs Officer
                                                     because of the online delivery. “The MEPP
     United States Marine Corps
                                                     environment is much more collaborative
     Monterey, California
                                                     than the Michigan environment,” he says.
     MEPP Class of 2009
     With an undergraduate degree in                 He notes that the MEPP program prepared
     Oceanography and an MBA, Rudy had the           him for the team-oriented environments
     education to be a successful leader—but         common to the engineering industry and
     he increasingly found that in order to make     helped him change his focus. “My Michigan
     important technical project decisions,          experience was competitive in nature,
     he needed a more specific background in         and I believe this reflects a fundamental
     engineering management. As a Civil Affairs      difference between the industries. In
     Officer in the US Marines who recently          business, you need to have a hyper-
     served in Afghanistan, Rudy’s MEPP degree       competitive mindset to succeed; in
     also has given him the skills to go above and   engineering, there is a fundamental sense
     beyond for his country.                         of altruism because you are creating a
                                                     solution to an engineering need that will
     While Rudy had confidence in his supervisory
                                                     benefit other people,” Rudy says.
     and decision-making abilities, he knew that
     he needed a stronger technical background       Rudy stumbled across another MEPP
     to advance in his career. “The MEPP             success story right in his company.
     curriculum strengthened my core abilities       “I was assigned to an important project
     to communicate across the engineering           to improve our Quality Notification
     project spectrum and lead with much             program for our emulsions business. I
     more credibility and confidence in my           decided to employ the tools from my
     role,” he says. “MEPP aligned the business      MEPP course to complete the project.
     management skills from my MBA program           I wrote a ‘Project Aim Statement’ and
     to meet the leadership needs within an          submitted it to Kristy Beckman, the
     engineering firm.”                              emulsions technical lead.”




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  “Kristy attributed her promotion to site
  director to the credibility her MEPP degree
  gave her, and is actively recruiting plant
  engineers in Houston to join the program,”           How to Apply
  he adds.                                             1.	Email	the	Director	of	Student	Services	at	
  Rudy worked with locals to rebuild the public        mepp@epd.engr.wisc.edu. In your email,
                                                       state your intent to apply for admission and
  infrastructure and revive local governance.          attach your current resume or CV, ensuring it
  Through his efforts he was able to bring             contains:
  together military forces, non-government
                                                        •	 Educational	history	(including	GPA,	
  organization, and civilian authorities.                  awards, and honors received)
  “I am very proud to call myself a Badger              •	 Professional	work	experience	(including	
  and a MEPP graduate,” he adds. “I                        specific details on your engineering
  encourage anyone interested in the                       experience, technical training, and
                                                           responsibilities)
  program to apply and find out what MEPP
  graduates know: MEPP is a tremendously                •	 Listing	of	professional	associations/
                                                            memberships, advanced training (such
  rewarding experience, both personally and                 as a PE license), and other noteworthy,
  professionally.”                                          engineering-related details
  He now looks to use his experiences                  2.	Download	the	application	checklist	at	
  in another way—by pursuing further                   mepp.engr.wisc.edu/checklist. This checklist
                                                       outlines the materials you must submit to the
  education to serve as a mental health
                                                       MEPP Admissions Committee and the UW–
  specialist and help other service men                Madison Graduate School.
  and women.

  Interested in the MEPP program?                      Contact Information
  Visit mepp.engr.wisc.edu today.                      Questions about the MEPP program design
                                                       and course content:
                                                       Wayne	Pferdehirt,	MEPP	Program	Director
                                                       Phone:	866-529-6377	or	608-265-2361
Application Deadline:                                  E-mail: wppferde@wisc.edu

March 31…but apply                                     Questions about the application process,
                                                       admissions requirements, accommodations
as soon as you can                                     for disabilities and financial aid:

The MEPP Admissions Committee accepts                  Gary	Henderson,	Director	of	Student	Services
applications year-round and begins the                 Phone:	866-529-6377	or	608-262-0133
application review process in October.                 E-mail: henderson@epd.engr.wisc.edu
                                                       Fax:	608-263-3160
Admission decisions are made from October
1	until	March	31,	or	until	all	30	spots	in	the	
incoming class are filled, whichever occurs first.
Applications are considered in the order
received. It is in your best interest to submit
materials well in advance of the deadline.


  Some photos courtesy of UW–Madison Communications.




  mepp.engr.wisc.edu                                                                                   19
  Master of
Engineering in
 Professional
   Practice



                     MEPP vs. MBA
“I looked into the MBA possibility and it just did not fit for me.
 It was way too distant from engineering. MEPP really bridges
  that gap between the technical aspect of being an engineer
      and being a leader in an engineering environment.”
                               Bruce Dennert
                President, Camcom Engineering and former
              Principal Engineer—Concepts, Harley-Davidson
  Instructor for UW–Madison’s Master of Engineering in Engine Systems
                               Class of 2002

				
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