Advisor Profile

Dr. Cooke & Dr. Davidson
TSM Program Advisors

 

Dr. Richard Cooke & Dr. Paul Davidson started co-advising the TSM PSM in Summer 2017.

Dr. Cooke holds three degrees in Agricultural Engineering, a B.S. from the University of the West Indies, M.S. from the University of Guelph and Ph.D. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute. During his studies, he served as both a research and teaching associate. In 1994, he joined UIUC as an assistant professor, becoming an associate professor in 2001. Dr. Cooke's research is focused on the preferential flow paths in sludge amended soils and optimizing subsurface drainage system design. 

Dr. Davidson received both his B.S. and M.S. in Agricultural Engineering here at the University of Illinois, where he also completed his Ph.D. in Agricultural and Biological Engineering. He worked as consultant and agricultural engineer for Waterborne Environmental prior to joining the UIUC faculty in 2014 as an assistant professor. Dr. Davidson's research focuses on soil and water resources engineering; transport of nutrients, pathogens, and pesticides in surface water, as well as technical systems management

Technical Systems Management Science Curriculum

The science component of the TSM program is comprised of coursework in the major. A total of 32 semester hours is required.

Specific courses are selected in consultation with the program’s faculty coordinator. Prospective students and those admitted to the program should talk with the faculty coordinator well in advance of the first semester of study to identify a course of study best suited to their individual needs.

REQUIRED COURSES

All students are required to complete the following:

  • TSM 501 – Graduate Research I (1 hour)
  • TSM 502 – Graduate Research II (1 hour)
  • TSM 594 – Graduate Seminar (0 hours; enrollment required each semester)
  • One course in statistics (3-5 hours)
  • One course in research methods including experimental design (3-5 hours)
  • One 500-level course from the departmental elective list (3-5 hours)

Subtotal: 11-17 hours

ELECTIVES

In consultation with the program’s faculty coordinator, students select additional courses in one or more of the following areas of specialization:

  • construction management;
  • environmental systems;
  • mechanization, marketing, and technology management systems;
  • production systems, or
  • renewable energy systems.

Courses for the specializations may be taken in agricultural and consumer economics, agricultural communications, agricultural education, animal sciences, business administration, civil and environmental engineering, computer science, crop sciences, electrical and computer engineering, industrial engineering, labor and employment relations, mathematics, mechanical engineering, natural resource and environmental sciences, and statistics. The mix of courses will be approved by the program’s faculty coordinator.

Subtotal: 15-21 hours

Total science required: 32 hours

SAMPLE PROGRAM OF STUDY

OTHER REQUIREMENTS

  • At least 12 hours of the program’s 42-hour total must be earned in 500-level courses
  • At least 8 hours must be earned in 500-level “TSM” rubric courses
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