Student Profile

Chris Godwin
Class of '12

Chris Godwin was in the inaugural Technical Systems Management cohort of Illinois PSM students, earning his degree in 2012.  He completed his internship with Archers Daniels Midland (ADM) in their research and development sector. Chris began his career as a Technical Consultant for Infor, for recently accepted a position as a Senior Technical Consultant for DXC Technologies, the world's leading independent end to end IT services company. Chris says that the Illinois PSM program “gave me the ability to market myself in many different lights whether it be my strong science and engineering skills gathered from my TSM courses, or my ability to learn a new job quickly that I picked up in my internship.”

Technical Systems Management

Merge your passion for technology with management in a systematic approach with a Master’s degree in Technical Systems Management (TSM).  Advance your career in just 18 months with no thesis.

You will focus on the application of engineering principles, study the technology used in agriculture and other industries, and the integration of business concepts in the food and agricultural industries. These guiding principles will prepare you for both technical and leadership careers involving agriculture, food, energy, water, and the environment.

Upon graduation, you will be able to

  • apply cross-disciplinary knowledge to solving technical systems problems in areas of pressing need
  • demonstrate critical reasoning and deep analytic thought about current and future challenges in the field, and
  • diagnose and help solve financial, marketing, regulatory, and management-related problems of an enterprise.


Work with your advisor, Dr. Davidson, to create a customized set of courses that match your interests and individual career goals.

Access courses and faculty performing industry-relevant research in

  • aerial, ground robotics, and remote sensing systems
  • agricultural safety and health
  • animal housing, management, and resource utilization
  • instrumentation and analytics
  • off-road machinery
  • post-harvest loss prevention
  • soil and water resource engineering
  • renewable energy


Looking for significant responsibility in the agricultural, biological, construction, or environmental technology industries? The applied nature of the program will prepare you for a wide range of careers including

  • agricultural structures and controls specialists
  • business development
  • technical consultant
  • engineering technician
  • field sales engineer
  • research and development specialist

Technical Systems Management graduates have been hired at companies such as:

Corporate Logos: Dwyer Instruments, DXC Technology, United Health Group, Infor, Advanced Cooling Therapy, Best Friends Animal Society, Caterpillar, Klein Tools, Greenpeace, BioAnalytics, Grayhill, ADM (Archer Daniels Midland), Elanco, Bayer, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Carlsbad Technology and Denso.


The integrated business courses, professional development seminars, and required internship make your Master’s program different than a traditional master’s. Plus, your cross-disciplinary industry seminars offer you the opportunity to interact with industry and government leaders.

By the end of your program, you will be able to

  • design a comprehensive marketing strategy
  • manage the flow of products and services
  • execute project plans within time and budget
  • understand and discuss regulatory policies
  • assess financial risks, statements, valuation, and capital budgets
  • examine organizational behavior, structures, effectiveness, and more!


  • bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or a comparable degree from a recognized institution abroad
  • grade point average of 3.0 or higher (4.0 scale) for the last 60 hours of undergraduate work and for any graduate work
  • graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) for non-native speakers of English
  • three (3) letters of recommendation

For additional information or to discuss your learning and career objectives, contact technical systems management major advisor Dr. Paul Davidson at; (217) 300 - 3755.

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