Mary Brow joined the Haslam College of Business and the Tickle College of Engineering as director of the new Integrated Business and Engineering Program (IBEP) on May 1.
“Mary has direct experience in the work setting for which we hope to prepare students,” said Lane Morris, associate dean of undergraduate studies and student affairs at Haslam. “She brings a wealth of knowledge that can help both engineering and business students gain the foundation for greater success in the workplace.”
Brow comes to the colleges from DeRoyal Industries, where she worked as an engineering manager for six years. Prior to DeRoyal, Brow was an engineer for Del Palma Orthopedics and DePuy Orthopaedics, and owns a number of engineering patents in fusion devices. Brow also is an alumna of both Haslam and the Tickle College where she obtained her Professional MBA and undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering, respectively.
“Giving business and engineering students an environment where they can learn how to communicate with each other helps set them up for immediate success once they graduate,” Brow said of IBEP. “I pursued my MBA in order to get a better understanding of the business strategy behind my engineering projects. This program provides similar understanding, at an earlier academic stage.”
As director of the IBEP, Brow will manage the day-to-day operations of the program, working with administrators and faculty from both Haslam and Tickle College. The position reports to the associate deans of each college—Lane Morris and Masood Parang.
"Mary brings with her a strong commitment to student development," said Parang. "Between her ideas and her background in both colleges, she is the ideal person to head this program."
The IBEP aims to develop professionals who have a systems approach to decision making and can understand how their decisions affect organizations as a whole. The program begins in the fall of 2017 and will include a $1,000 scholarship and joint classes over three years, as well as co-curricular and mentoring opportunities.
Each cohort will accept approximately 20 students. The inaugural class was announced at a reception for Brow on May 1.