Information Engineering and Management

Prospective students should use this checklist to obtain specific admissions requirements on how to apply to Graduate School.

Degree Offered:M.Eng.
Director:Dr. Dale W. Callahan, PE
Phone:(205) 934-8480
E-mail:iem@uab.edu
Web site:http://www.uab.edu/iem

IEM Admission Requirements

Admission to UAB Information Engineering and Management requires:

  1. An undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited university.
  2. Preference is given to engineering, math, science or technical-related undergraduate degrees.
  3. Original transcripts from every college/university attended should be requested by the applicant and sent directly to the UAB Graduate School.
  4. Relevant industry work experience as evidenced by your resume and three recommendations.
  5. An essay answering the questions listed on the IEM website Apply Now page. 
  6. A video introducing yourself to IEM. The video should be less than 5 minutes in length. Please tell us a little about yourself, what you’ve done professionally and why you want to be admitted to IEM. The video should be posted to YouTube, marked unlisted with a limited access URL and the link emailed to iem@uab.edu.
  7. An interview with the IEM admissions committee may also be required.
  8. No GMAT/GRE required for admission to IEM.

To Apply:

Whether you are on campus or online, or some of both, here is what all entering clients need to do:

Go to Apply Yourself for the UAB Graduate School and fill out an application.

  • Choose “Application for Admission as a Degree-Seeking Student“.
  • Under the link Application Information, you will be asked to select the Program Applying to: select Information Engineering and Management.
  • Complete the following:
    • biographical data
    • application information - No GMAT/GRE required for admission so select "waived"
    • educational background (list all schools attended, even if you did not graduate from that institution)
    • Names and e-mail addresses for 3 references - the system will send an electronic request to each reference
    • Upload an essay addressing questions listed above
    • Additional Information - upload a current resume
  • Provide payment for application (enter credit card or mail a check for application fee) and submit application.
  • IEM Requirements: The photograph and video link should be e-mailed to IEM directly at iem@uab.edu.
  • We encourage applicants to complete their application early to make sure they are considered for admission as soon as possible. A complete application means that all materials (transcripts, essay, resume, etc.) have been received by the Graduate School and the video should be uploaded to YouTube.
  • Acceptance is determined by the IEM Admissions Committee.

Late Applicants

Applicants who miss the Graduate School's deadline for admission may apply as “non-degree seeking” in Apply Yourself and pay an additional application fee.  Late applicants are still required to submit the paperwork outlined above. The non-degree seeking deadline is typically 2-4 weeks before classes begin.  

Additional Information

Number of Recommendations Required:Three
Entrance Tests:N/A

For more information, contact IEM Director-Dr. Dale Callahan, PE or IEM Program Manager-Maria Whitmire, MEng, CAP-OM; IEM, Hoehn 370, 1075 13th Street South, Birmingham, Alabama 35294-4440.
Telephone: 205-934-8480
E-mail: iem@uab.edu
Web: www.uab.edu/iem

Information Engineering and Management Courses – IEM

RequirementsHours
IEM 601Introduction to IEM 11
IEM 602Leading Collaborative Teams 11
IEM 603Communication for Technology Executives 11
IEM 610Communication for Technology Professionals3
IEM 611Leading Technical Organizations3
IEM 612Project Leadership3
IEM 620Technical Entrepreneurship3
IEM 625Technology and Innovation3
IEM 630Systems Engineering3
IEM 631Operational Decision-Making3
IEM 645Financial Concepts for Entrepreneurs3
IEM 646Strategic Planning3
IEM 690Special Topics in Area 21-3
IEM 695IEM Design Project3
IEM 696IEM Internship1-3
1

 Seminar course registration (IEM 601, IEM 602, or IEM 603) is required every Fall and Spring semester, except the semester of graduation. Multiple registrations of IEM 602 and IEM 603 are allowed.

2

 This is an elective course and does not apply to required coursework for degree.

Courses

IEM 601. Introduction to IEM. 1 Hour.

This course is an introduction to Information Engineering and Management with a focus on readiness for graduate study. Program requirements and expectations will be presented. Software and collaboration tools will be introduced. Library access and resources will be reviewed and teams will perform learning exercises to demonstrate proficiency with the available tools.

IEM 602. Leading Collaborative Teams. 1 Hour.

This course will focus on building, leading, and evaluating collaborative teams. Topics will include managing geographically-dispersed teams, team communication, accountability, running effective meetings, facilitation skills, building consensus, and handling common problems.

IEM 603. Communication for Technology Executives. 1 Hour.

This course will address communication issues unique to organizational executives. Topics will include functioning as the public face of the organization, working with the media, when to seek professional advice, and effective crisis management.

IEM 610. Communication for Technology Professionals. 3 Hours.

This course focuses on recognizing, developing, and putting into practice effective communication skills. Lectures provide insights into presentation structure, style, and content. Self-evaluation exercises combined with personal coaching will help clients improve their professional speaking and presentation skills.

IEM 611. Leading Technical Organizations. 3 Hours.

This course will use case studies, assigned readings, guest lecturers, research projects, and discussion of current issues in technology to develop executive-level behaviors and thought-processes as preparation for starting or leading a technology organization.

IEM 612. Project Leadership. 3 Hours.

This course teaches the fundamental concepts of leading projects. The course will consider all aspects of project leadership including the use of standard methodologies. Best practices will be reviewed along with practical insights based on real-world project leadership experience.

IEM 620. Technical Entrepreneurship. 3 Hours.

This course is an introduction to entrepreneurship that begins with the development of personal insights and work habits that are fundamental to success within any organization.

IEM 625. Technology and Innovation. 3 Hours.

This course examines technological innovation as an element of organizational strategy. Topics include the nature and management of innovation, aligning technical teams with overall organizational strategy, and the role of innovation in launching and sustaining technology ventures.

IEM 630. Systems Engineering. 3 Hours.

This course focuses on the systems engineering lifecycle and its application to the design of complex systems. Topics include systems thinking, managing complexity, problem definition, solution design, solution implementation, quality assurance, and measuring effectiveness.

IEM 631. Operational Decision-Making. 3 Hours.

This course focuses on the critical role of information and analytical methods in optimizing operational decisions. A core set of analytical tools will be presented and discussed. Topics will include decision analysis, optimization, modeling, simulation, and data analysis.

IEM 645. Financial Concepts for Entrepreneurs. 3 Hours.

This course introduces financial concepts including the interpretation of financial statements, managing cash flow, time value of money, capital budgeting, and investment analysis.

IEM 646. Strategic Planning. 3 Hours.

This course will examine the nature of strategic thinking and the challenges of achieving strategic alignment. Topics will include the strategic planning process and methods for assessing strategic success.

IEM 690. Special Topics in Area. 1-3 Hour.

Special Topics in (Area).

IEM 695. IEM Design Project. 3 Hours.

This course is focused upon a final design project that incorporates the technical and entrepreneurial coursework taken previously. Projects will be assessed based on their technical design and financial justification.

IEM 696. IEM Internship. 1-3 Hour.

This course is available for students needing to register for an internship course while enrolled in the IEM program.

Faculty

Appleby, Don, Instructor Information Engineering Management; President, Incur Consulting, 2004, MSEE (UAB), Innovation, technology management, systems engineering
Callahan, Dale, Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering; Director, Information Engineering and Management, 2000, B.E.E. (Auburn), M.B.A. (Auburn-Montgomery), M.S.E.E. (UAB), Ph.D. (Alabama), P.E. (Alabama), Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Social Media
Herrett-Skjellum, Jennifer, Instructor, Information Engineering and Management; President, RunTime Computing Solutions, LLC, 2009, B.A. (Humboldt State University), M.A. (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee), Communication, start-ups, embedded systems technology
Hyde, Russell, Instructor, Information Engineering and Management; Principal, Blaststone, LLC, 2011, BSEE, MSEE (UAB), P.E. (Alabama), Leadership, project management, building information modeling
Rabon, David G., Instructor, Information Engineering and Management; President, The Braintrust Consulting Group, 2007, BSCS (Auburn), MSEE (UAB), Agile, scrum, leadership