Business and Engineering Collaborations in India

The Business and Engineering Collaborations in India is a three-credit course with a study abroad component. Jointly produced by the Swanson School of Engineering and the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business, this program seeks to offer you a dual lens to view production, supply chain and service issues in India. The program is designed to expose you to international business and engineering issues. During your time abroad, you will engage with executives and Pitt alumni, conduct field research and inquiries, and experience international culture.

This program is open to upper division Swanson School of Engineering undergraduate and graduate students as well as all Katz MBA students and most Katz Specialized Masters students. Students from other Pitt graduate programs are also welcome to apply in consultation with the faculty leaders.

 

Applications coming soon! Please fill out the short form here to indicate interest: https://forms.office.com/r/1ypFyng5rA

 

This is a proposed Fall 2022 semester program. The course will meet over the semester with travel in December.

 

This is a proposed program and is undergoing final development. The site will be updated once finalized.

 

Please note, program subject to minimum number of accepted/enrolled students to run. 

 

What You'll Accomplish: 

As an engaged and active participant on the program, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Explore business and engineering ideas and themes from a new perspective
  • Interact with international companies on current issues relevant to your coursework
  • Build key transferable skills for your future career

With a population of over 1.3 billion, India is the second largest country in the world. It is also the largest economy in South Asia with a GDP of $8.443 trillion (2020 est.) and GDP per capita of $6,100. While COVID-19 had a profound impact on economic growth and poverty reduction, contracting the economy by 7.3% in FY 2021, growth is expected to stabilize in FY 22 and begin to grow again at around 7% annually. The largest industries in the country include textiles, chemicals, food processing, steel, software and pharmaceuticals.

Where You'll Live: 

You will be housed in comfortable and centrally located hotels throughout the program. Students are typically housed in rooms with two double-beds and wifi and internet access, and breakfast included.
Single room upgrades may be available for additional cost.
 
We do our best to provide the most accurate information about housing and amenities but due to the nature of the locations in which we offer programs and limited availability, these items are subject to change.
Contact your program manager with any questions.

What You'll Study: 

This course introduces modern engineering and business principles, methods, and tools within the context of the Indian economic environment. Students will be exposed to challenges and opportunities available at the corporate level and at the individual level in this rapidly growing economy, and will learn about societal impacts of new technologies and the rapid expansion of knowledge industries in India.
 
Student learning will be integrated into pre-trip lectures, lectures during the visit, guest lectures/panel discussions at the host city, plant/company visits at the host city, and cultural explorations in and around the host city.  Production, supply chain and service issues will be studied through dual lens of engineering and business principles.
 
This is a proposed Fall 2022 semester program. The course will meet over the semester with travel in December.
 
Please note, program subject to minimum number of accepted/enrolled students to run. 

 

Business and Engineering Collaborations in India (BUSXXXX)

If you are an engineering student, please see the ENGR XXXX course description.
The course will focus on studying modern engineering and business principles, methods, and tools, within the context of the Indian environment. The three focal areas of study are: manufacturing systems, service engineering operations, and agri-business.  A visit to India will showcase challenges and opportunities available at the corporate level and at the individual level in this rapidly growing economy. It will also focus on the societal impacts of new technologies and rapid expansion of engineering industries in India.
Plant visits and interfaces with practicing engineers/managers will allow students to appreciate the following professional characteristics: ethics, the ability to work with others, an appreciation for other disciplines, adaptability, and an appreciation for life-long learning.
Plant visits to manufacturing, engineering, and business sites will form a critical component of the class and will focus on the operational hub of the corporate entity.  Plant visits and/or panel discussion will be arranged.  Students will be expected to participate in all plants study visits for this course.  Plant study visits will include a detailed tour of the plant, a visit to the business offices, and finally discussions with a) plant executives, b) first-level supervisors, c) workers, and d) business office staff & managers.

Business and Engineering Collaborations in India (ENGRXXXX)

If you are a Katz student, please see the BUS XXXX course description.

The course will focus on studying modern engineering and business principles, methods, and tools, within the context of the Indian environment. The three focal areas of study are: manufacturing systems, service engineering operations, and agri-business.  A visit to India will showcase challenges and opportunities available at the corporate level and at the individual level in this rapidly growing economy. It will also focus on the societal impacts of new technologies and rapid expansion of engineering industries in India.

Plant visits and interfaces with practicing engineers/managers will allow students to appreciate the following professional characteristics: ethics, the ability to work with others, an appreciation for other disciplines, adaptability, and an appreciation for life-long learning.

Plant visits to manufacturing, engineering, and business sites will form a critical component of the class and will focus on the operational hub of the corporate entity.  Plant visits and/or panel discussion will be arranged.  Students will be expected to participate in all plants study visits for this course.  Plant study visits will include a detailed tour of the plant, a visit to the business offices, and finally discussions with a) plant executives, b) first-level supervisors, c) workers, and d) business office staff & managers.

Experiential Learning Description: 

Deliverables from the program include a cultural experience journal and a technical paper. 

Your Pitt Study Abroad Contacts: 

Bill McShane

I am the Experience Based Learning Program Manager at the Katz Graduate School of Business. Part of my responsibilities includes expanding and enhancing global programing for graduate business students. Originally from South Central Pennsylvania, I studied abroad in Berlin, Germany during my undergrad in Philadelphia and taught English on a Fulbright grant to Hanover, Germany for a year following graduation. During my time as a grad student at Pitt, I interned in Brussels, Belgium at the US Mission to NATO. After working for four years in international education in Washington, DC, I returned to Pittsburgh am thrilled to be back working on study abroad programming. Outside of the office, you can probably find me somewhere outdoors in the region running, biking, hiking or camping.

Contact me at wmcshane@katz.pitt.edu.

 

Schedule an appointment

I am reachable via email during normal business hours (M-F, 8:30am - 5:00pm).

Alicia JF Olalde, M.A.

Konnichiwa! After working for the JET program in Japan for just over two years, I decided to pursue a career in international education. I returned to the US via a few months of travel -slowing making my way west with many stops in stunning locations and with amazing people. Whenever possible, I continue to love exploring new countries and cultures! I have been fortunate to work both as an administrator and as a classroom educator in higher education; my areas of interest are international, adult and comparative education.  I enjoy assisting engineering students seize international opportunities! Reach out to me at a.olalde@pitt.edu!

Schedule an appointment

SSOE students: schedule an appointment with me using Pathways via this link!

non-SSOE students-- send me an email and we'll set up a time to meet!

 

Your In-Country Contacts: 

Dr. Bopaya Bidanda

Dr. Bopaya Bidanda joined the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh in 1987 after his doctoral degree from the Department of Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering at Penn State. His research is in the area of manufacturing systems with a special focus on Group Technology, Reverse Engineering, Cellular manufacturing, Lean Manufacturing, Human issues in manufacturing, Product Development, and Manufacturing Modernization. He is currently the Ernest E. Roth Professor and Chairman of the Department of Industrial Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh.

 

At Pitt, he has helped found the Manufacturing Assistance Center, the Automated Data Collection Laboratory, and more recently the Swanson Center for New Product Innovation.

 

He has industrial experience in aerospace manufacturing, precision manufacturing and tooling accrued before graduate study. He has co-published two books with McGraw Hill (Automated Factory Handbook and Shared Manufacturing), in addition to over 100 papers in international journals and conference proceedings.

 

He has served the Industrial Engineering profession in many roles ranging from the Director of Conferences (1999-2000) to President of the Senior Pittsburgh Chapter, to being the Program Chair for both the IE Research Conference (Phoenix 1997), and the IIE Solutions Conference (Banff, 1998). Dr. Bidanda has participated in accreditation visits to many engineering schools across the United States on behalf of the Accreditation Board for Engineering & Technology (ABET).

 

He has actively consulted with organizations ranging from regional small and medium sized industries to national heavy engineering industries to precision luxury goods re-manufacturing. Recent examples include FedEx Ground, PPG, Schroeder Industries, Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard, Eaton-Cutler Hammer Inc., and Cartier Inc and the Department of National Defence (Canada).

 

His research has been funded by the Federal Government (NSF, Department of Commerce), major foundations (including W.M. Keck Foundation, the Pittsburgh Foundation, the Kresge Foundation, etc.), and the State Government (Department of Labor) and private industry (FedEx Ground).

 

He is a senior member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers and a Fellow of the Institute of Industrial Engineers.

Dr. G. G. Hegde

G. G. Hegde’s recent publications have been in the Healthcare and Emergency Medicine domain. In his analytical and empirical research, Dr. Hegde has studied manufacturing and service management issues from a systems perspective, where design engineering, production control, accounting, and market/field constitute a production system. He has emphasized bridging theory with practice in research and in teaching. Some of his field-based research projects which grew out of his interactions with industry have helped in understanding the workings of manufacturing and service systems in the organizations studied. His recent consulting activities have been in the financial services and e-commerce areas.
Dr. Hegde has taught a wide variety of process management, statistics and quantitative methods courses at the Katz School, Duke University, Georgetown University, University of Maryland, and the University of Rochester, in addition to his teaching emphasis in the field of manufacturing management.

 

  In- State Out-of-State
Estimated Expenses Billed by Pitt  TBD TBD

Estimated Additional Expenses

(Meals and Personal Expenses)

$100-$500 $100-$500
Travel to/from PIT Varies Varies
Total Estimated Cost TBD TBF

Final program costs and will be available by late spring.

For Swanson Students: This class operates outside of tuition and fee schedules and cannot be combined nor included in full-term tuition pricing.

 

Please note, program subject to minimum number of accepted/enrolled students to run. 

 

What's Included: 

As part of the program fee, the following are included:
 

  • All academic-related trips and excursions
  • Ground transportation - including bus and in-country transfers
  • Some meals - breakfasts, welcome and farewell dinners

 
Please note, program subject to minimum number of accepted/enrolled students to run. 

When You'll Go: 

Travel will occur following the end of the fall semester. Students should anticipate arrival back in the United States around December 24.

What Else You Need to Know: 

More information, including application procedures coming soon.
 
Special registration procedures apply. Students do not self-register for the course (they are closed classes). More information on the enrollment process will be communicated to selected students.
 
Enrollment and commitment deadlines are different than normal Pitt add/drop deadlines.
We hope to finalize program enrollment and commitment over the summer.
 
Please be advised that Professional MBA students who exceed 9 credits will be charged the full-time MBA tuition rate.
 
Please note, program subject to minimum number of accepted/enrolled students to run.