Not Your Father's MBA

Engineers interested in business, management, and global operations now have many options

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During the last two decades, traditional MBA programs have given way to graduate degrees tailored to the business world's increasing emphasis on technology, global expansion, and the rise in entrepreneurship. At the same time, new MBA programs are striving to accommodate working engineers' need for flexible class schedules and relevant curricula, as more midcareer professionals enter managerial positions.

"Virtually every MBA program created a technology track in the 1990s," says Bruce Clark, an associate marketing professor at Northeastern University in Boston, which offers a technology MBA program [see sidebar, "A Sampling of Tech Management Programs"]. "They're being designed for people committed to tech careers. People in midcareer, such as engineers needing management training in preparation for a move to a new role in their companies, are the predominant audience for these degrees."

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Asad Madni and the Life-Saving Sensor

His pivot from defense helped a tiny tuning-fork prevent SUV rollovers and plane crashes

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Asad Madni and the Life-Saving Sensor

In 1992, Asad M. Madni sat at the helm of BEI Sensors and Controls, overseeing a product line that included a variety of sensor and inertial-navigation devices, but its customers were less varied—mainly, the aerospace and defense electronics industries.

And he had a problem.

The Cold War had ended, crashing the U.S. defense industry. And business wasn’t going to come back anytime soon. BEI needed to identify and capture new customers—and quickly.

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