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Park Management: Sentinel Rock Rescue — Yosemite National Park, 1963
Co-evolution of Technological Advance and Problem-solving in the Field
Master of Management — Class of 2019
Inaugural Cohort
School of Engineering — Looking Eastward
At the interface between human organization and natural space

The Ernest and Julio Gallo Management Program leverages strengths in engineering, natural and social sciences at UC Merced. Together, this unit serves as a cross-functional hub for interdisciplinary research in management science, for partnerships with for-profit and nonprofit enterprises and public organizations, and for education programs that address the growing need for managers who are well-versed in the complex problems associated with coupled human and environmental systems.

Management of Innovation, Sustainability and Technology (MIST)

A common interest among the faculty members is how arrangements of people, organizations, information, technology and the natural world give rise to complex adaptive phenomena that pose difficult — often grand — challenges to society. As such, our program focuses on management strategies that seek balance and alignment among social justice, environmental resources and economic welfare — i.e. toward the long-term sustainability of people, planet and profit (PPP).

Our mission is to train the next generation of PPP managers and scholars using a distinctive multidisciplinary approach. Curricula provide a wide range of opportunities to gain management training via case studies, field exercises, internships and development of information-driven decision-making skills — all of which are required for successful administration of public and private resources, as well as service- and innovation-oriented enterprises, in the 21st century. Coursework stresses innovation, engineering and vigilance for emerging technologies that open the way for alternative sustainable and renewable approaches to institutional operations, resource management and service delivery.


"We want to help these students become T-shaped professionals — people who have more than just depth in their areas of expertise, but broad experience across many areas so that they can work with a variety of people." — People, Planet and Profit Give New Management Program its Unique Focus

Featured News

March 1, 2019

Professors Catherine Keske and Roger Bales involved in two multi-million dollar grants from the California Strategic Growth Council’s competitive Climate Change Research Program. Read more...

December 12, 2018

Professor and MCS department chair Paul Maglio is leading the way to join three existing departments - Cognitive & Information Sciences (SSHA), Economics & Business Management (SSHA) and...

August 16, 2018

MIST Professor LeRoy Westerling interviewed by various media sources on the complexity, climate change and management science problems underlying new regimes of fire activity in California and abroad...


Environment & Climate

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  • In the News: Professor Westerling on the complexity of climate change and fire management

Service Science

Entrepreneurship & Innovation