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Park Management: Sentinel Rock Rescue, Yosemite, 1963
Co-evolution of Technological Advance and Problem-solving in the Field
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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, science 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.

Featured News

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...

August 15, 2018

Professors Catherine Keske and Jeffrey Jenkins are featured in Episode 1 of "YosemiteLand", a new series produced by Capital Public Radio reporter Ezra Romero about Yosemite National Park...

July 6, 2018

The National Parks Institute Executive Seminar is back!  This annual seminar ran for three years from 2010 through 2012.  The two-week course accepted park and protected area managers from...


Environment & Climate

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