Engineering Management Program of ITB was established in 2010 to answer the need for strengthening Indonesian industries through excellence in management of engineering activities, in particular the upper-stream engineering activities which are critical to agility of the industries in adapting to the dynamic changes. The seed of Engineering Management Program of ITB was developed in the Department of Industrial Engineering (academic unit comprised Industrial Engineering Undergraduate Program and Industrial Engineering Garduate Programs) of the Faculty of Industrial Technology of ITB with that a full technology life cycle is complemented.
The Engineering Management Program of ITB underwent several stages before its full establishment. At first, the program was introduced in form of elective courses in the curriculum of Industrial Engineering Undergraduate Program, and in 1998 it became an option track of Industrial Management within the Department of Industrial Engineering. Juxtaposing to the dynamics of curricula development at various engineering colleges world-wide, at the same time, equiped with accumulated competences and expertises of the faculty members and necessary laboratory facilities, the establishment of the Engineering Management Program as a separate undergraduate program was outlined in the Strategic Plan of the Department of Industrial Engineering.
In the mid-2005, Chairman of the Department of Industrial Engineering formed a task force for preparation of establishing a new Program named Industrial Management. This task force produced the initial draft of establishment of Industrial Management Program. The draft was to base the following task force formed by the Dean of the Faculty of Industrial Technology (FIT) in mid-2006 for developing a new study program in FIT to meet the prevailing requirements of industrial development for encouraging new business growth and revitalizing companies in accelerating the recovery of Indonesian economy from the prolonged economic crisis. Further, referring to the existing terms of ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology), the program was named the Engineering Management Program.
The Engineering Management Program and Industrial Engineering Program both are undergraduate programs which are complementary each other to accomplish an end-to-end technology life cycle. Both are disciplines that have roots in engineering science and using the same approach, the systems approach. The difference between the programs is on the focus in technology life-cycle, wherein Engineering Management Program is focused more on the engineering stages of an innovation, while Industrial Engineering Program is concentrated more on the stages of production or operation of the innovations.
In 2010, ITB formally established the Engineering Management Program (later abbreviated as EM-ITB) coordinated under the FIT. The program was firstly offered to the existing students of Industrial Engineering Program who were entering sophomore year. Forty students of Industrial Engineering Program were then transffered and notifed as the first student intake of the EM-ITB. The first graduates of the program were 3 (three) persons registered in July 2013. Up to graduation day of April 2016, there has been 121 (one hundred and twenty one) graduates registered in the program.