<p>I realize soliciting advice from the internet is a folly venture, but my internet lurking hasn't netted an answer yet, so here goes.</p>
<p>Bullet-point background (can elaborate if need be):
-Older student (28, married, newborn)
-Wife has good job with a defense contractor (you may assume the ability to relocate anywhere near major cities and military installations; this eliminates schools such as VATech)
-Currently an Maryland resident
-Transferring out of community college (Montgomery College)
-Couple more courses to finish AS in Materials Science & Engineering (4.0 GPA so far)
-5 years managerial experience in operations/production (Last project was for two years @ CSC, department functional manager ~120 people/6 supervisors), PMP training (though not enough years experience with the HS diploma to qualify for the cert)</p>
<p>Obviously staying where we are while I finish a BS at local state school, such as College Park, would be preferable. However, there are a few things to consider:
-I would like to finish out my BS in Industrial Engineering (I know it's not "real" engineering, feel free to judge). I took an operations research math course at Carnegie Mellon and absolutely fell in love with the real world applications of optimization.
-The only school in the area that offers an Industrial Engineering BS program is Morgan State University (an HBCU - btw I'm white) -- to my astonishment, it is ABET accredited.</p>
<p>I am basically looking at two options:
Option 1: Finish my BS in MatSci at UMCP, get a more "traditional" engineering job and possibly pick up an IE degree or MBA in operations later?
Option 2: Look out of state for a decent IE program.</p>
<p>I do enjoy the applied aspects of materials engineering (think of companies like Alcoa, US Steel, Applied Materials, Scaled Composites, etc.) and perhaps it would be best to prove that I'm just as smart and capable as any "down in the trenches/cubicles" engineer. But in the end I know what my unique strengths are, and I'm fairly confident that an IE background will accomplish what I want to do long term.</p>