Connecting students with industry is a vital component of the MEM Program. The program collaborates with industry through practicum courses, seminars, workshops, and special events. The program's Industrial Advisory Board provides guidance to ensure students develop the knowledge and skills required to succeed in industry.
Practicum courses offer industry the opportunity to partner with and mentor future industry leaders as they guide MEM students through a semester-long project at the intersection of engineering and business. Students hone team-based skills and gain valuable "real-world" project experience while working towards a deliverable. Recent practicums have included
- Outsourcing for Engineering
- Renewable Energy Market
- Commercializing New Products
- Corporate Recruiting and Retention
Weekly seminars offer students the opportunity to interact with top industry leaders, experienced business management, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and small-business owners. Designed to introduce students to different aspects of business and industry, seminars also include a reception where students can talk one-on-one with speakers and network with their peers. Duke's unique workshop series allows students to further develop business skills in an intensive, interactive environment. Topics are selected through input from industry, program administrators, and students. Topics have included teamwork, negotiation, business etiquette, communication, and leadership.
Special events like the MEM Night with Industry bring together industry representatives and students in a relaxed setting where students can learn more about careers in various industries, network, and learn what companies look for in new hires. Representatives lead small roundtables on their industry, with a reception and dinner following.
The MEM Industrial Advisory Board, comprised of representatives from a variety of industry sectors and including alumni, enhances the program's future vision and development by adding an industrial insight and flavor to the direction of the program. The board fosters excellence with regard to curriculum review, job placement, internships, industry relations, and entrepreneurial activities. To be relevant in today's global market, this assessment is vital to the success of the MEM Program.