UAB Graduate Catalog

Master of Engineering: Advanced Safety Engineering and Management (MEng)

Note that this program is totally online

Degree Offered:

MEng

Director:

Martha W. Bidez

Phone:

(205) 934-6528

E-mail:

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Web site:

http://www.uab.edu/asem

Instructors

The MEng-ASEM graduate program is taught by a team of practicing safety and health professionals with Dr. Martha Bidez serving as overall Course Master.  Practitioner-Scholars facilitate online discussions on key topics of interest in their industry sector and provide industry-specific case studies.  Students participate in peer to peer learning activities discussing current topics of interest and real world experiences using on line discussion boards.

Faculty

Martha Warren Bidez, PhD, Professor and Graduate Program Director; President & CEO, BioEchoes, Inc.

Jennifer M. Bailey, MSPH, CIH, CHMM, Adjunct Professor, Safety Manager, AMERICAN (American Cast Iron Pipe Company

Randy E. Cadieux, MS, MEng, Adjunct Professor; Marine Officer Control Officer-In-Charge, Marine Aviation Training Support Group-21

Judith Etterer, MSPH, Adjunct Professor; Staff Assistant, Mine Safety and Health Administration

Edward H. Kiessling, III, MSME, MSISE, MSEE, PE, Adjunct Professor; Manager, Safety, Waulity, and Management Services, Marshall Space Flight Center – NASA

Charles Herbert Shivers, PhD, PE, CSP, Professor and Associate Director, ASEM; Deputy Director Safety and Mission Assurance (retired), Marshall Space Flight Center - NASA

Edward H. Kiessling, III, MSME, MSISE, MSCEE, PE, Adjunct Professor; Manager, Safety, Quality, and Management Services, Marshall Space Flight Center - NASA

Charles Herbert Shivers, PhD, PE, CSP, Professor and Associate Director, ASEM; Deputy Director Safety and Mission Assurance (retired), Marshall Space Flight Center - NASA

ASEM Admission Requirements

Admission to the UAB MEng-ASEM program requires the following:

  • An undergraduate degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA from a regionally accredited school and a minimum of five years of professional work experience as evidenced by resume and recommendations.
    • Undergraduate degree does not have to be in engineering.
    • One of the recommendations must be a self-recommendation and one must be from a current, direct supervisor
    • Applicants not satisfying the grade point average requirement and/or holding a degree from a nationally accredited school may receive admission on a provisional basis, subject to assessment and recommendation of the program director.

To apply, go to Apply Yourself and complete and submit your online application.  Please refer to the Advanced Safety Engineering and Management Admissions Checklist  for detailed information.

Acceptance will be determined by the ASEM Selection Committee.

Additional Information

Application Submission Deadline for Entry Term(s):

Fall: July 1
Spring: November 1
Summer: April 1

Deadline for All Application Materials to be in the Graduate School Office:

Six weeks before term begins (see UAB academic calendar - https://www.uab.edu/students/academics/academic-calendar)

Number of Recommendations Required:

Three (including self-recommendation and recommendation from your current, direct supervisor)

Entrance Tests:

None

Comments:

The ASEM program is totally online.  There are no on-campus classes, meetings, or activities. Course delivery includes asynchronous and synchronous learning modes.

For detailed program information, contact:

Martha Warren Bidez, PhD, Professor and Graduate Program Director
MEng in Advanced Safety Engineering and Management
UAB School of Engineering, HOEN 101
1720 2nd Avenue South, Birmingham, AL 35294-4440

Telephone: 205-934-6528

E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Web: http://www.uab.edu/asem

Course Descriptions

All courses are for 3 semester hours of credit.

The table below shows recommended course loading and sequence to complete within 24 months with no more than 6 credits per semester; however, it is possible to finish in 5 semesters if EGR 619 and EGR 620 are taken together. EGR 610 must be taken in the first semester.

Semester

Live Classroom
Sunday
1:30-3:00 pm CDT

Live Classroom
Sunday 
3:00-4:30 pm CDT

Live Classroom
Sunday
 4:45 pm CDT

First

EGR 610

EGR 614

 

Second

EGR 611

EGR 615

 

Third

EGR 612

EGR 616

 

Fourth

EGR 613

EGR 617

 

Fifth

 

EGR 618

EGR 619

Sixth

 

 

EGR 620

Advanced Safety Engineering and Management – ASEM (EGR)

NOTE:

  • Day and time of live classrooms are subject to change.
  • Students are given some "free" live classroom misses and faculty will work individually with those who have an unavoidable work conflict to find a solution. 

EGR 610 Introduction to System Safety – Prevention through Design.  Best practice in any business sector requires the pursuit of a triple bottom line – protecting people, planet, and profit. This course provides an overview of system safety, in general, and Prevention through Design, in particular and explores their efficacy in helping companies achieve a bottom line that is socially, environmentally, and financially rewarding. Topics of inquiry include the processes of hazard analysis and risk assessment, the concept of "acceptable" risk, the safety decision hierarchy of controls, safety standards (the mandatory minimum vs. the voluntary best practice), safety as a cost control strategy, and the critical elements of a comprehensive, advanced safety program. Course content is presented within the framework of real-world case studies from a variety of industry sectors, including, but not limited to, manufacturing, utilities, and health care and includes several guest lectures by leaders in the profession. Students apply course content to their own business environment. Live participation in a weekly 1.5 hour online forum is required.  The EGR 610 forum is typically held on Sunday from 1:30-3:00 CDT.  EGR 610 must be taken during the first semester.

EGR 611 Hazard Analysis and Waste Elimination.  Hazards have the potential to cause harm to people, planet, and profits. Hazard analysis is a process that begins with the identification of a hazard and proceeds into an estimate of the severity of harm or damage that could result if the potential is realized and a hazard-related incident occurs (ASSE TR-Z790.001 – 2009). This course examines engineering techniques utilized to systematically and logically identify and analyze hazards in the workplace. These techniques include preliminary hazard list (PHL), preliminary hazard analysis (PHA), system hazard analysis (SHA), subsystem hazard analysis (SSHA) and others.  Students work in teams to use these techniques to retrospectively analyze a real-world disaster. Live participation in a weekly 1.5 hour online forum is required.  The EGR 611 forum is typically held on Sunday from 1:30-3:00 CDT.  Prerequisites: EGR 610 & EGR 614.

EGR 612 Engineering Risk: Assessment, Reduction, and Liability.  Engineering risk is defined both quantitatively and qualitatively as an estimate of the probability that a hazard-related incident will occur and of the severity of harm or damage that could result. This course provides students with tools to assess and reduce safety risks in their own company. These tools include risk assessment matrices, probabilistic risk assessment (PRA) measures, including event tree analysis, fault tree analysis, and other prevention through design concepts. The role of a structured, formalized decision analysis process in preventing serious injuries and fatalities is also explored. Students engage in a risk mitigation decision analysis project, which is specific to their company and/or business sector.  Guest lecturers from diverse industries discuss their experiences in assessing and managing risk.  Live participation in a weekly 1.5 hour online forum is required.  The EGR 612 forum is typically held on Sunday from 1:30-3:00 CDT. Prerequisites: EGR 610, EGR 611 & EGR 614.

EGR 613 Human Performance and Engineering Design.  Companies can miss important opportunities to eliminate waste if they rely primarily on training to prevent human error. This course explores the historical perspective on human error and serious injury. The course material will provide a solid understanding of the principles of occupational biomechanics and human tolerance to injury with focus on human anthropometry and mechanical work capacity. This course also includes studies of human reliability, static analysis of systems in equilibrium and mechanical systems’ design and performance. Due to the quantity of back related injuries and related lost time in the workplace, back pain and injury is studied along with the effect of vibration on the human body. Real-world case studies provide for application of the engineering hierarchy of controls: hazard elimination, hazard substitution, engineering controls, warnings, administrative behavior controls, and personal protective equipment. The course also examines the design aspects of ergonomics, the biomechanical engineering basis of injury prevention, and the long term economic consequences of seemingly minor injuries. In semester projects, students perform incident investigations using biomechanical and other data. After gathering and analyzing data to determine injury causation, they will identify and re-design error-provocative environments in their own workplaces. Live participation in a weekly 1.5 hour online forum is required. The EGR 613 forum is typically held on Sunday from 1:30-3:00 CDT. Prerequisites: EGR 610 & EGR 614.

EGR 614 Cross Road: Engineering Ethics and Acceptable Risk.  This course explores the economic, social, and political consequences of safety risk and considers provocative real world dilemmas: What is acceptable risk? Are the fundamental canons of engineering ethics contrary to the concept of acceptable risk? What is the worth of human life? Students will conduct critical reviews of corporate safety and ethics policies from market leaders in all major industries as well as their own company. Real-world case studies provide the framework for exercises in resolving conflicts of interest and avoiding the dilemma of “whistle blowing.” Live participation in a weekly 1.5 hour online forum is required. The EGR 614 forum is typically held on Sunday from 3:00-4:30 CDT. Prerequisite: EGR 610 or concurrent enrollment.

EGR 615 Leading through Climates of Change.  All progressive companies are moving toward greater sustainability – protecting people, planet, and profits. To guide their companies through these changes and integrate safety into the priorities at the executive level, safety engineers and professionals must have strong leadership skills. This course explores leadership best practices, including the eight steps of transformational leadership, change management strategies and the characteristics of High Reliability Organizations. The concept of “resilience engineering” is also explored.. Guest lecturers from diverse industries discuss their experiences in managing change in today's global business environment. Live participation in a weekly 1.5 hour online forum is required.  The EGR 615 forum is typically held on Sunday from 3:00-4:30 CDT. Prerequisites: EGR 610 & EGR 614.

EGR 616 Policy Issues in Prevention through Design.  This course provides an overview of best practices in four major policy areas: (1) cost-benefit analysis; (2) corporate culture and the “HR Department”; (3) standards, codes, and regulations; and (4) strategic alliance development. Case studies are used to illuminate both the role of engineers and other safety professionals in shaping public policy on the local, national and international levels and the ethical challenges they encounter. The significance of an organization’s corporate culture in developing and implementing advanced safety management plans is also explored. Students conduct "gap analyses" of their company's policies by comparing them to best practices and identifying unintended consequences of poor safety policy in their own business and industry sector. Students will engage in discussion board posts on contemporary policy issues and participate in exercises related to federal rulemaking. Live participation in a weekly 1.5 hour online forum is required.  The EGR 616 forum is typically held on Sunday from 3:00-4:30 CDT. Prerequisites: EGR 610 & EGR 614.

GR 617 Crisis Leadership and Safety-Critical Design.  Unique technical and leadership skills are required to avert or manage a crisis. This course teaches students those skills in an experiential learning environment. Case studies of real-world industrial and environmental disasters provide the framework for exploring critical human-machine interfaces; crisis communication; coping with people in recovery and developing and implementing a business continuity response. Guest lecturers from diverse backgrounds will discuss their experiences in managing crisis events. Students will engage in discussion board posts and develop a Business Impact Analysis report for their work environment or business unit. Live participation in a weekly 1.5 hour online forum is required.  The EGR 617 forum is typically held on Sunday from 3:00-4:30 CDT. Prerequisites: EGR 610 & EGR 614.

EGR 618 Intrapreneurship and Calculated Risk Taking.  Intrapreneurs are innovative change agents inside an existing corporation -- insider entrepreneurs. This course prepares students to become and/or identify effective intrapreneurs within their own business environment. Topics include the history of intrapreneurial success inside technology-based corporations and the fundamentals of recognizing opportunity and launching a new, promising enterprise within an existing business. Students also learn to recognize and effectively manage intrapreneurial risk, including the safety readiness of technology for the market place and the corporate "immune response" to new ideas and inside innovators. Case studies of real-world intrapreneurial success and failure provide a framework for group discussion and student exercises. Live participation in a weekly 1.5 hour online forum is required.  The EGR 618 forum is typically held on Sunday from 3:00-4:30 CDT.  Prerequisites: EGR 610 & EGR 614.

EGR 619 Capstone Project – Part 1: Development of an Advanced Safety Engineering and Management Plan.  Bringing to bear the competencies acquired through the program, students develop a proposal, outline, schedule and rough draft of a comprehensive, advanced safety engineering and management plan for their business unit/specialty area that is consistent with the ANSI/AIHA Z10-2005, Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems standard. Judicious selection of the Capstone topic and of projects throughout the ASEM curriculum allows students to build on and use earlier course products to support their Capstone report.  Live participation in a quarterly 1.25 hour online forum is required.  The EGR 619 forum is typically held on Sunday at 4:45-6:00 CDT. Prerequisites: EGR 610, EGR 611, EGR 612, EGR 613, EGR 614, EGR 615, EGR 616 and EGR 617. EGR 619 must be taken during the penultimate or final semester.

EGR 620 Capstone Project – Part 2: Development of an Advanced Safety Engineering and Management Plan.  Students complete the development of their comprehensive, advanced safety engineering and management (ASEM) plan that was begun in EGR 619, including background information of the project, an ASEM plan (management and employee participation, planning, implementation and operation, evaluation and corrective action and management review), and rollout strategy. Students must submit completed report with detailed attachments, and orally present project highlights to the class in a live online classroom setting. Live participation in a quarterly 1.25 hour online forum is required.  The EGR 620 forum is typically held on Sunday at 4:45-6:00 CDT. Prerequisites: EGR 610, EGR 611, EGR 612, EGR 613, EGR 614, EGR 615, EGR 616 and EGR 617. EGR 620 must be taken during the final semester.