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MIE Seminar Series: "Global Perspectives = Global Opportunities in Engineering Management"


Friday, January 18, 2019 - 9:00am


Professor Christian Salmon, Western New England University


Kellogg Room, ELab II


By drawing on experiences that range from working in the Alaskan Commercial Fisheries, responding to large scale maritime oil spills, studying foundations of Risk Management and Emergency Management, and challenges of offering patient care at the frontiers of global health, I have come to recognize that engineering management has the potential to be an enabling program of study that offers students freedom to explore fields ranging from management of small scale technical organization, to the coordination of large scale response to systems in crisis, all from an engineering and systems perspective.  With this talk, I hope to outline what I see as the potential for a global platform at UMass Amherst, one that is attractive to an equally global audience of students, on-campus or online, to explore subjects that might be considered only tangentially related to the classical engineering disciplines, but that are well within the context of engineering management.  So whether the student is transitioning into a first profession, is mid-career looking for advancement, or a seasoned professional seeking to document skills developed after years of work, the breadth and depth of course options and faculty expertise at UMass Amherst offers the potential for the engineering management program to become a globally recognized degree of excellence for these students seeking a management program with an engineering perspective.

Christian Salmon has a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Alaska Fairbanks (2000), a Master’s (2003) and Doctorate (2010) in Engineering Management from The George Washington University.  While at GW, his studies and research focused on Risk and Emergency Management through his work with the Aviation Institute on a multi-year FAA funded program to advance aviation safety and security in global operations, as well as the Institute for Crisis, Disaster and Risk Management on a multi-year maritime vessel traffic risk assessment of the Pacific Northwest, funded by British Petroleum.  After completing his doctoral studies, he began a long term working relationship with HEAL Africa Hospital in the City of Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo, through which he works with HEAL clinicians and staff to improve capacities to offer care through education in patient data collection and analysis for individual care, program management and public health.  In 2012 he transitioned to Western New England University, where he leveraged these experiences to establish the Center for Global Health Engineering, in partnership with the Biomedical Engineering Department, with the mission to lower barriers to offering care at the frontiers of global health through access to technologies, materials and processes.  Christian is currently Associate Professor and Interim Chair of the Department of Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management at Western New England University, as well as Director of the Center for Global Health Engineering.