Advisor Profile

Dr. Paul Davidson
TSM Program Advisor

Dr. Paul Davidson (pictured) started co-advising the TSM PSM in Summer 2017.

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 a 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.


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


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



  • 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

*Course numbers and titles are subject to change.  Please note that some courses are only offered in select terms. For more information, please reference the Illinois Course Catalog.

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