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The Graduate School is pleased to announce that Ms. Gayathri Suresh has agreed to serve as an International Graduate Student Ambassador (IGSA) for the fall 2016 semester. Ms. Suresh will provide non-academic advice, counseling, support, and guidance to international graduate students at WKU. Ms. Suresh offers counseling services to ANY international graduate student on campus. She does NOT provide academic tutoring or counseling outside of her office hours or to undergraduate students. The IGSA’s office hours will be held in the EST 108 Graduate student office on Wednesdays from 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM.

Congratulations to our 2016 Outstanding Graduate Student: Farshid Alavi. Farshid has taken a job as a senior quality auditor for a local company. We wish him all the best in his future career!

Beginning Spring 2016, all MSETM students who register for AMS 599 Thesis hours will be required to take the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE) Certified Technology Manager (CTM) exam as part of their degree completion requirements. The exam will be paid for by the department and students who pass the exam can apply for certification. Contact the department office or your advisor for more information and how to register for the exam.

Congratulations to our 2015 Outstanding Graduate Student: Bright Adu. We wish him all the best in his future career plans!

In addition, congratulations to JUMP students Bradley Logsdon and Christopher "Nick" Eaton; respective winners of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers and Lois G. and F. Dugan Montgomery Scholarships.

MSETM JUMP student Justin Edwards-Page is featured on WBKO's View From the Hill video series!

Graduate faculty Dr. Mark Doggett and Dr. Muhammad Jahan of the Architectural and Manufacturing Sciences Department won the award for Best ATMAE 2014 Conference Proceedings Paper. The paper titled Perceptions of Manufacturing Management and The Four Pillars was selected in a blind peer review process by members of the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE) at the annual conference held in St. Louis, Missouri on November 19-22, 2014. Also posted at the WKU News.

Andrew Austin, 2014 graduate of the MSETM program, publishes his thesis in the Technology Interface International Journal (TIIJ)! Read his journal article here.

New! The Writing Center Resource for Thesis Writers

Important Fall 2014 updates to the matriculation process for graduate students include:

  • Admission to Candidacy (Form D) is no longer required for Master’s students. Apply for Graduation on TopNet in lieu of submitting the Form D once you have completed 18 hours of coursework. Students may apply for graduation in any current or future term.
  • Beginning Fall 2014 graduate students may repeat courses in which a grade of “C” or below was earned. The second grade will count in the GPA calculation. The first grade will remain on the transcript but will not be calculated in the GPA.
  • Committee & Topic Selection (Form G) will be required for all thesis, specialist project, and dissertation students beginning this fall. Students must have an approved form on file prior to registering for 599, 699, or 799 coursework. The Program of Study (Form C) has been revised as well for students to include committee/topic selection on this form if known at the time of submission.

The Graduate School will be hosting informal Question/Answer sessions this Fall for each college. Once dates, times, and locations are confirmed we will notify you.

If you missed the MSETM online webinar for new and potential students, you can login to view the recording of this session here. Use your NET ID and email password.

Congratulations to our 2014 Outstanding Graduate Students: Andrew Austin and Sumbul Khan. We have two of the best students in the University!

Congratulations to Amonge Augustine, winner of the Lois G. and F. Dugan Montgomery Scholarship!

The MSETM degree program is now the largest graduate degree program in the Ogden College of Science and Engineering.

The Engineering Technology Management master's degree was accredited by the Association of Technology, Management and Applied Engineering (ATMAE) at the annual conference on November 20. 2013. Our program is the first accredited master's degree of its kind in Kentucky and only the fourth in the have this designation.

The following students delivered presentations at the ATMAE conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, November, 20-23, 2013.

Sumbul Khan: Improving Pedagogically-Based Laboratory Learning Assigned Textbooks of ATMAE Accredited Programs

Andrew Austin: Improving Process Capability in a Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) Cell with the Use of a Renishaw 40-2 Spindle Probe

Khan ATMAE ConferenceAustin ATMAE Conference

See more photos of our trip to New Orleans on the MSETM Facebook fan page.

Mychal-Drew Moses, a second year WKU MSETM student, received third prize in the Graduate Research Competition at the Kentucky Academy of Science (KAS) Annual Conference held at Morehead State University. The title of his presentation was Fabrication and characterization of blind and through micro-holes in brass using micro scale electrical discharge machining (micro-EDM). Dr. Muhammed Jahan was the faculty mentor. Please congratulate Mychal-Drew on his achievement!

Research grants were awarded to the following MSETM students in 2013:

  • Billy Hall. $1,125 for Multi-Fuel Stirling Engine (Thesis Chair: Dr. Daniel Jackson)
  • Andrew Austin. $1,392 for Process Capability in a Computer Integrated Manufacturing Cell (Thesis Chair: Dr. Greg Arbuckle)
  • Kwasi Boateng. $1,500 for Improving Cocoa Production Through Lean--A Case Study for the Ghanaian Cocoa Industry (Thesis Chair: Dr. Mark Doggett)

Nicholas Calkin elected to ATMAE Executive Board

Blake Cvengros and MariEtta "Joleen" Byerline selected as finalists for the ATMAE Graduate Student Research Competition

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MSETM Students and Alumni

Visit our Facebook site ( to see photos. This is the place for WKU Master of Science in Engineering Technology Management students and alumni to stay connected.

Sumbul Khan selected for Lois G. and F. Dugan Montgomery Scholarship

Sumbal plans to get involved in research during her time as a MSETM graduate student at WKU and looks forward to working for a manufacturing firm upon graduation.

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Sumbal Khan (L) and Dr. Doggett

MSETM Student Jake Hildebrant honored in fifth annual 'Idea State U' business plan competition

Jake entered an idea for an online business and won the WKU division. He also took second place in the state level competition.

See the full article at:

 Higher Education Associates

Jake Hildebrandt (fourth from the left)


Students attend ATMAE conference in Cleveland, Ohio, November 10-12, 2011

 Graduate Students at the ATMAE Conference

MSETM Photo L to R: Joleen Byerline, Blake Cvengros, Adam Ray, Josh Ferriell, Dr. Doggett, Brittney Perry

Five graduate students from the Master of Science in Engineering Technology Management (MSETM) attended the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE) national conference held in Cleveland, Ohio last week.

Adam Ray, a first semester graduate student, was elected to the ATMAE Executive Board as the national student representative replacing Josh Ferriell, an MSETM graduate and WKU alumni. (Josh is now an assistant plant manager with Carpenter Co.)

Seven WKU MSETM graduate students submitted research proposals to the ATMAE Graduate Research Presentation and Poster Competition. Of the seven, Blake Cvengros and Jason Shields were selected as two of the four finalists and invited to present. Also attending the conference were graduate assistants Joleen Byerline and Brittney Perry who presented a paper at last year's conference.

We are very proud of our graduate students in the Architectural and Manufacturing Sciences department's MSETM program. They represent WKU well.

Jason Shields and Dr. Leeper

L to R: Jason Shields, Dr. Leeper

Representatives of AMS department selected for leadership positions

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Graduate Student Professional Presentations

Presentations at the ATMAE conference in Panama City Beach, Florida, October, 26-30, 2010

P. Elliott Porter & Brittney Perry: Improve Organizational Safety by Implementing a Standardized Crisis Management Program

Landon Wray: Waterknife 7X: Waterjet Efficiency

Josh Ferriell: ATMAE Executive Board Student Representative


Presentations at the WKU Student Research Conference, February 27, 2010

P. Elliott Porter: Human Factors Analysis in Naval Aviation

Sarah Namara: Simplified Accounting Management: A Key Factor for a Successful Lean Organization Management


Congratulations to the 2010 ATMAE conference presenters

2010 ATMAE Presenters

 L to R: Landon Wray, Brittney Perry, Josh Ferriell

Presentations at the ATMAE conference in Louisville, Kentucky, November, 10-14, 2009

Sarah Namara: Simplified Accounting Management: A Key Factor for a Successful Lean Organization

Susan Mordecai & Sarah Namara: Nanotechnology: Development and Safety Issues

Edmund R. Martelli: Emphasizing Reuse and Recycling Programs in Lean Manufacturing

Manufacturing Industries Response to Emerging Models for Predicting Global Warming


Presentation at the WKU Student Research Conference, February 21, 2009

Sarah Namara: Management of Emerging Technologies


2009 Conference presenters and attendees

2009 ATMAE Presenters

 L to R: Josh Ferriell, Landon Wray, Susan Mordecai, Sarah Namara, Edmund Martelli

Presentations at the NAIT conference in Nashville, Tennessee, November, 18-22, 2008

Chris Roberts, Scott Fox, Steve Lancaster: Increasing Learner Participation Online- Expanding Technical Support

Kristopher Williams: Protection of Intellectual Property in the Global Trade Environment

Sarah Namara, Mark Leonhardt: Management of Global Technology

Shane Bradley, Chris Harmon, Colby Westerfield: E-Waste in the 21st Century - Considerations for Technology Device Disposal


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