Increasing International Opportunities for IMSE Students
Raiders Abroad, the Whitacre College of Engineering international program and the department of industrial, manufacturing and systems engineering are focused on increasing international opportunities for industrial, manufacturing and systems engineering students. These students will be part of an ever-increasing international profession where employers seek applicants who possess an awareness of global business practices, cross-cultural communication skills, language fluency, and the ability to thrive in any environment. The department of industrial, manufacturing and systems engineering is committed to providing our students with quality international engineering experiences that prepare them to work in a global environment.
Many opportunities for international collaboration are already in place. Currently, there are cooperation policies between the department of industrial, manufacturing and systems engineering and the ITESM in Mexico and the PUCV in Chile for a dual Ph.D./regular Ph.D. program. There is also a long history of a dual master's degree program between the department of industrial, manufacturing and systems engineering and the Jade University in Germany, which is a partnership that goes back more than 25 years. This enables students to obtain a Master of Science degree from Texas Tech and as they go back home, a Master of Engineering degree from Jade University. With the renewal of this contract the department of industrial, manufacturing and systems engineering is looking forward to welcome the new exchange students in August 2016. The department of industrial, manufacturing and systems engineering is also working on a variety of new cooperation policies to increase international opportunities for students. There are plans on initiating contracts between universities in China, France and Sri Lanka.
The Texas Tech IIE Student Chapter offers numerous volunteer, social and professional development activities. This past year, the student chapter volunteered for a local food drive, Wreck Hunger, and held a tailgate for the homecoming football game. Additionally, they held a plant trip to a renewable energy company in Midland, hosted several successful IE alum guest speakers at chapter meetings, and offered Six Sigma Green Belt training. One of the more popular activities provided by the chapter is the Six Sigma Green Belt certification. The chapter is able to offer it to Tech students for a fraction of what it would cost to get this certification outside of the university. As an important complement to the industrial, manufacturing and systems engineering curriculum, many students find this certification to be a huge benefit not only to their education, but a significant influence when trying to find a job or internship. Attendees included IE students and students from other engineering disciplines as well as business students. One of the biggest benefits for the chapter members this year was having the Industrial Advisory Board attend one of the meetings; they hosted mock interviews, resume critiques and held an open Q&A session. The chapter is excited to be hosting the 2017 student South Central Regional Conference here at Tech, the first since 2006. The conference will require significant effort from the local chapter- but they are ready for the challenge!!!