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Engineering Management Graduate Program Selected as Best in U.S.

Old Dominion's graduate program in engineering management has been awarded the American Society for Engineering Management (ASEM) Founder's Award for "Excellence in Academic Leadership."

The Frank Batten College of Engineering and Technology's Department of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering (EMSE) also received the award in 2000, 2002, 2005 and in 2007. This latest award was presented last month at the ASEM Conference. "This award is a testimony to continued excellence and leadership of ODU in engineering management graduate program offerings," said Resit Unal, professor and chair of EMSE.

To recognize graduate program leadership, the ASEM Founder's Award looks for an engineering management graduate program that meets ASEM certification standards and offers a program that is recognized for its quality by the engineering management education community.

More subjective evaluation pertains to faculty involvement with ASEM and other professional societies, contributions to engineering management education and practice, and other significant achievements of the program.

Finally, the program won the honor because in the last three years, EMSE awarded 425 graduate degrees in engineering management, and its faculty members published more than 50 refereed journal articles and more than 100 conference proceedings, and secured $3.72 million in research funding.

"I'm thrilled with this repeat award, but frankly, I'm not surprised," said Batten College Dean Oktay Baysal. "The graduate program in engineering management at ODU has been recognized as a trailblazer for some time now."