IEM Experience

Start on Grass by Steven Depolo Flickr Creative Commons, Attribution License May 2014What is IEM?
Where we started, our focus, and class structure. The nuts and bolts of IEM.

Star-Struck Bokeh by Neal Fowler Flickr Creative Commons Attribution LicenseThe Ideal IEM Client
Think you might be the right fit? Find out what we look for in our applicants.

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We go beyond academics and our instructors are industry-based. Find out what you'll learn at IEM.

Screen_shot_2012-01-05_at_11.47.42_AMPerspectives: What our alumni say
We interviewed some of our alumni on video so you could hear directly from them what they think about IEM and how it impacted their careers. Watch here.  

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What is IEM?

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How IEM was started

UAB’s IEM (Information Engineering and Management) degree was designed by industry leaders in 2000 to meet the needs of current working professionals looking for leadership and growth opportunities. IEM provides clients the opportunity to enhance both technical and management skills required in today’s professional world. At IEM, we help you gain a broader perspective while reflecting the needs of today’s marketplace: demanding, flexible and integrated.



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The Focus of IEM

IEM is client-centric – i.e. the clients (you) are our focus. We are focused on the needs of the technology professional. We are not working to map all graduates into the same model, and we are not your typical graduate degree. The way we see it, our job is to train you and give you what you need to reach success professionally. We operate as if you have hired a consulting firm for your professional needs - helping you to strategically get where you want.



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The IEM Difference

Clients of IEM receive a real-world view, a focus on networking, and a solid group of successfully established instructors who are passionate about seeing their clients grow in their profession. IEM instructors and administrators make it a priority to work with clients so that this degree can fit into the schedules, lives, and location of the clients themselves.  From learning how to network, to interviewing, to understanding what resumes do--and what they do not do---we teach you everything you need to know. Real industry skills, taught by current industry leaders will give you the tools you actually need, and will use, to achieve the success YOU want. Consider IEM the boot camp for real success.



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IEM Class Structure

Our assignments get you away from your desk and into the offices with successful people in YOUR business network. We structure assignments so that you talk to and shake hands with the people that build a network where it makes the most sense for you.  We want to make sure you receive the tools you need to succeed where you are right now by building a lasting professional and personal network that will benefit you throughout your career.



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Flexibility for Real People

Between life and work, you have a lot to juggle. We help you keep the right balance. Weekend classes and a collaborative learning environment make IEM ideal for motivated professionals looking to take their career to the next level. All clients are online clients, participating with members from around the world through our videos, lectures, and other materials all hosted online for your convenience. 

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The Ideal IEM Client

The Ideal IEM Client

We require industry experience. Most of our people are involved in technical fields, but the ideal person would be anyone sitting at their current job feeling like there is something more. Maybe they feel unfulfilled, or like they are not living up to their potential. Their education has gotten them to where they are now, but they want to move to the next phase. They might not even know what the next phase is for them, but they want to discover it and they need the tools to reach it.


If you feel that you are the ideal IEM client, we invite you to apply here.

Will Data Warehousing Survive?

Take a look at Barry Devlin’s article at

“Big data, however one defines it, challenges some of the underlying principles behind data warehousing, causing some analysts to question if the data warehouse will survive.

In this article, I address this question directly and propose that data warehousing, and indeed information management as a whole, must evolve in a radically new direction if we are to manage big data properly and solve the key issue of finding implicit meaning in data.”

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