Georgia Tech’s Denning Technology & Management (T&M) Program is preparing undergraduate students for the global workforce through the establishment of a new international capstone project.
Started in 2008, the two-year T&M Program develops leaders with both technological and managerial know-how. Participants come from the Colleges of Business, Engineering, Sciences and Computing and can earn either a minor in Engineering & Management or Computing & Management. Corporate Affiliates of the T&M provide interdisciplinary teams of students with real-world capstone projects.
The first international capstone project, held in May 2013, took a group of six Tech students on a weeklong trip to Tianjin, China, to work on improving productivity at Caterpillar’s Asia Power Systems plant. There Tech students began a year-long collaboration with three students from the University of Tianjin.
Frank Redecker, general manager of Caterpillar’s Asia Power Systems, says he is aiming for the Tianjin facility to become the dominant genset (power generator) manufacturer within Caterpillar. The team of T&M students will provide assistance as the plant strives to increase its productivity.
Redecker will travel from China to join representatives from all T&M Corporate Affiliates for the final Capstone Presentation event in spring 2014 when student teams will present their work. In addition to Caterpillar, other Corporate Affiliates include Acuity Brands, Boeing, Capital One, Elavon, Equifax, Georgia-Pacific, The Home Depot, Hewlett-Packard, Interface, Siemens, and Unum.
Establishment of the T&M Program was made possible by the generosity of Steven A. Denning, who graduated from Scheller College in 1970. He endowed both the program and the Steven A. Denning Professor of Technology & Management, currently held by faculty program director Ravi Subramanian.
“Mr. Denning invested in the Technology & Management Program with the belief that the program would not only prepare Georgia Tech students for successful business and technical careers, but also give them a global business perspective,” says Linda Oldham, executive director of the program. “With the launch of the first international capstone project, Denning’s vision to train leaders for a global marketplace is being fulfilled.”