Advancing Knowledge Across Multiple Technologies

Focus on: IT and Telecommunications

In an era when computing and information technologies touch nearly every aspect of every business, success is often determined by understanding how to assess and leverage the technology you have … and how to plan for the technology you will need.

EMTM prepares leaders who can bridge the gap between business strategy and IT potential. Managers who are able to 'speak both languages' — who understand the fundamental drivers of business, coupled with a working knowledge of key IT principles — are the leaders who will create the greatest competitive edge for themselves and their organizations.

At EMTM, if you have an interest in deepening your knowledge of IT and Telecommunications technologies, you can pursue a concentrated track in this area — taking at least 4 of your 6 required technology electives from among EMTM's IT and Telecommunications offerings. Recent courses include Data Mining, Human Computer Interaction, IT Privacy and Security, IT Strategy, Software Development, Software Engineering, and Telecommunications Networking (Introductory, Advanced, and 4th Generation Wireless Networks). New courses are added on a continuing basis.

If your goal is to develop a better understanding of selected technologies, you can also choose to take one or more IT and Telecommunications electives to complement other coursework and address specific needs and interests.

Courses in this area are designed specifically for the EMTM program to give you the knowledge and tools needed to understand and leverage these technologies, and to more effectively communicate with and manage the work of technology specialists. They are taught by Penn Engineering faculty and research and industry experts who bring specialized experience in advancing information and communications technologies and who consult with leading firms on IT and telecommunications strategy.

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Who can most benefit?

EMTM gives IT leaders the tools to align technology planning with corporate goals — and helps leaders without an IT background make better business decisions by understanding and managing strategic IT and communication technologies. Potential candidates include:

Current and recent EMTM students come from companies such as Boeing, Cisco, Corning, Deloitte Consulting, Deutsche Bank, Dow Jones, GlaxoSmithKline, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Intel, Johnson & Johnson, J.P. Morgan Chase, L-3 Communications, Lockheed Martin, MCI, Merck, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, Motorola, Nike, Oracle, Pfizer, Rohm & Haas, Sanofi-Aventis, SAP, Siemens Medical, Vanguard, Verizon, Wellpoint Dental and W.L. Gore & Associates, as well as from the U.S. Army, Department of Commerce and NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.

For more about industries and organizations represented in EMTM, see: Companies.

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EMTM Courses in IT and related technologies

Among the courses available to students interested in Information Technology and Telecommunications:


Among additional Management Electives that IT managers might find useful:

For a more comprehensive course listing, see: Courses.

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Emerging Technologies Seminar

First-year students take part in a year-long Emerging Technologies Seminar that brings faculty and experts from different disciplines to discuss emerging ideas in science and technology, as well as their business implications. Sample topics from previous years include:

For more, see: Emerging Technologies Seminar.

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Related Research Centers

The University of Pennsylvania's research centers are multidisciplinary seedbeds for innovation and applied research, and EMTM students benefit from access to this pipeline of new knowledge. Several members of the EMTM faculty are closely involved with centers investigating emerging information technologies.

Penn Center for Bioinformatics
The rapidly developing fields of bioinformatics and computational biology deal with the management, analysis, and visualization of the flood of information generated in molecular biology, genomics, and other areas of biology and biomedicine. A collaborative effort to promote research and education in this vital area, the Penn Center for Bioinformatics brings together faculty from several schools within the university — from biologists to computer scientists and mathematicians. Lyle Ungar of Penn Engineering's Computer and Information Science Department serves as assistant director of this center. He is a long-time EMTM faculty member and former EMTM director.

Center for Human Modeling and Simulation
The Center for Human Modeling and Simulation exists to investigate computer graphics modeling and animation techniques for embodied agents, virtual humans, and their applications. Major foci involve developing behavior-based animation of human movement especially for gesture, gait, and facial expression, constructing a parameterized action representation for real-time simulation and animation, and understanding the relationship between human movement, natural language, and communication. The center's director, Norman Badler, Associate Dean of Penn Engineering and Professor of Computer and Information Science, teaches EMTM's course on Computer Visualization for Scientific Data.

GRASP Laboratory
One of the premier research labs focusing on fundamental research in robotics, vision, perception, control and automation, the General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception (GRASP) Lab is a multi-disciplinary research laboratory founded in 1979 at Penn Engineering. EMTM faculty member Vijay Kumar, who holds appointments as Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Professor of Computer and Information Science, is director of the GRASP Laboratory.

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