A recent study by the U.S. Council on Competitiveness
concluded that nurturing innovation has
become a key strategy for national prosperity. To support
that strategy and meet regional workforce
needs, the Johns Hopkins
Engineering and Applied Science Programs for
Professionals will offer this
fall a new master's- level concentration in technical
The concentration will be part of EPP's Technical
Management master's degree program, chaired
by Kenneth Potocki, a member of the principal professional
staff at the Johns Hopkins
Applied Physics Laboratory.
"No one country owns innovation," Potocki said, "and
in competing across national boundaries,
strengthening the innovation process in this country is
The new concentration will address the personal and
organizational management of innovation
and the development of new technical ventures.
"Moving an innovation from opportunity to reality
— and competitive advantage — contains an
element of management responsibilities," Potocki said. "The
courses will help students build workplace
environments where innovation can flourish, and those who
take the concentration will be able to
understand and direct the collaborative creativity of
engineers and scientists."
Prime candidates for this concentration are students
with about five years of experience in
their fields and who are lead engineers/scientists or hold
mid- to upper-level management positions.
Of 10 one-term courses required for the master's degree in
technical management, three constitute
the new concentration: Fundamentals of Technical
Innovations in Organizations, New Technical
Ventures and Management of Innovation.
Allan Bjerkaas, EPP associate dean, said, "This new
concentration will be applicable to a number
of disciplines. It is our mission in EPP to not only
provide students with the most up-to-date research
results and information in their fields but also to give
students the tools to use that information to
create and manage new products and technologies."