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DEN Offers Six New Master of Science Degrees and SAP Certification

November 12, 2004 —
The USC Viterbi School of Engineering Distance Education Network (DEN) has added six new Master of Science degrees this year bringing to 24 the number of programs available entirely online.  DEN now offers more engineering degree programs online than any other leading research university.
 “DEN has experienced exponential growth,” said Kelly Goulis, DEN’s executive director. “In the past two years, DEN has doubled its degree offerings.  As technology advances in new fields, we continue to provide professional engineers the skill sets they need to further their career and education.”
Added this year are two M.S. degree programs in Petroleum Engineering, which involves the technology of economically developing subterranean reservoirs of oil, gas, steam and hot water.  One of the petroleum degrees is in Smart Oilfield Technologies, a unique program based upon the petroleum industry’s request to train staff on the operation of smart oilfields.
According to Iraj Ershaghi, director of the Petroleum Engineering Program, “simple, traditional drill-and-pump methods leave as much as 80 percent of the oil in a reservoir in the ground. The modern methods we will teach can recover 60 percent of the in-place hydrocarbons, or even more.”
Other new programs are in Medical Device and Diagnostic Engineering; Biomedical Engineering (Medical Imaging and Imaging Informatics); Computer-Aided Engineering and System Safety and Security. This last degree emerged from the new Dept. of Homeland Security Center of Excellence at USC.  It is designed to develop leaders in industry and government who will be trained to develop and evaluate systems that protect against natural disasters, accidents, and attacks by terrorists or criminals.
 “One of the particular emphases of the center will be attacks on infrastructure, because of their potential not only for loss of life but impact on the economy,” said Randolph Hall, center co-director, senior associate dean for research and professor of industrial and systems engineering in the USC Viterbi School of Engineering.
DEN is also offering an academic certificate in SAP, one of the world’s leading client/server enterprise application software packages.  The objective of the certification program is to give undergraduate and graduate students an opportunity to gain knowledge of the SAP R/3 system, currently used in over 19,000 companies worldwide.  SAP is the world’s largest inter-enterprise software company, and the world’s third-largest overall independent software supplier next to Microsoft and Oracle.
“As technology continues to evolve, knowledge of this widely used system will enhance careers and education of our students,” said Goulis.
Curriculum for the new program comes from state-of-the-art courses in the School’s Information Technology Program as well as SAP and is designed to provide professional engineers and human resources, finance and other business executives with education in the theory and practice of information technology.