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Binghamton University's Watson School offers continuing education for engineers


BINGHAMTON, NY – The Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science at Binghamton University will host "Critical Thinking for Engineers," a short course for professional engineers, at 9 a.m. Tuesday, March 25, in the Engineering and Science Building at the Innovative Technologies Complex, 85 Murray Hill Road, Vestal.

Engineers do not only deal with facts and figures, but must also take into account societal issues relating to their decisions. This means that engineers encounter greater uncertainty in their decision-making and an even greater need for critical thinking and reflective judgment when they make decisions. This training module introduces participants to the concept of thinking critically utilizing engineering scenarios. Participants will learn a variety of critical-thinking and analytical decision methods via experiential learning techniques. Each learning objective will be demonstrated with a practical example of an engineering problem, such as where to locate a new facility, how to choose among competing suppliers, whether to add additional capacity, what is the proper sequencing of work orders, and resource allocation.

Michael D. Ford, principal of TQM Management Works, will lead the course. Ford has conducted on-site corporate training for all of the major manufacturers in the greater Binghamton area. He has also taught at Penn State University, Binghamton University and Elmira College and is a qualified master instructor for the Association for Operations Management (APICS) programs in Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM), Certified Supply Chain Professional and Instructor Development.

This training complies with the New York State Office of Professions for continuing education requirements for six professional development hours (PDHs). There is a discount for members of the New York State Society of Professional Engineers (NYSSPE). The training includes a certificate of completion.

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Last Updated: 9/17/13