Karen M. Bursic

Assistant Professor and Undergraduate Program Director

Department of Industrial Engineering
University of Pittsburgh
1044 Benedum Hall
Telephone: (412) 624-9837
Fax: (412) 624-9831
email: kbursic@pitt.edu

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The home pages for all of my courses are on the University's CourseWeb system.  If you are currently enrolled in one of my classes, you should go to http://courseweb.pitt.edu to locate the home page for that course. My professional resume can be found by clicking on "Professional Information".

Courses that I teach include:

bulletIE 1040 – Engineering Economic Analysis

Discusses time value of money, interest rate calculations, economic equivalence concepts, comparison of alternative investments, evaluating economic life and replacement alternatives, cost estimation, inflation, depreciation, the impact of taxes on engineering economic decisions, and dealing with uncertainty.

bulletIE 1035 – Engineering Management

This course focuses on engineering management theory applied to technical organizations. Topics include: the management process and management functions; project management; managing technical people; technological change; labor relations; engineering ethics, and other modern management concepts. In addition to basic lecture of textbook material, these concepts are reinforced through classroom exercises, cases, and discussions as well as a required book report and group project.

bulletENGR 0011 - Introduction to Engineering Analysis

Check out the link to ENGR 11 under "Academics": here for information on this freshman course.

bulletENGR 0012 - Introduction to Engineering Computing

Check out the link to ENGR 12 under "Academics" here for information on this freshman course.

bulletENGR 0020 – Probability and Statistics for Engineers I

This course is designed for students majoring in engineering.  Topics include:  data analysis, probability, random variables, discrete and continuous probability distributions, estimation, hypothesis testing, and linear regression. 

bulletIE 1032/2032 - Cases in Systems Management

This course involves case analysis with emphasis on the design and execution of management strategies for technical and scientific organizations.  Students are expected to use the concepts, knowledge, and understanding gained in previous Project and Engineering Management courses and/or work experience to critically evaluate various case situations and participate in classroom discussion pertaining to these cases.

bulletIE 2030 - Behavioral Systems Engineering

This course focuses on the study of organizational behavior theory including such topics as organizational culture and globalization; individual and group behavior; motivation; workplace stress; conflict and negotiation, power and politics; leadership; structure and design; communication and decision making.

 

bulletProfessional Information