In today’s corporate world, where businesses, academic institutions, and governments are becoming more and more global, a demonstrated ability to work together in teams across cultural boundaries is becoming an essential element. Conventional established ways of working are being challenged more than ever, and individual effort is being replaced by an insistence on team effort.
The University of Washington Team Certificate Program is designed for those who wish to develop or improve their existing team participation skills while working in a global environment focusing on business, education, design and research. Since 1992, the University of Washington Graduate School and Educational Outreach (UW Extension) have conducted this unique joint program which enables corporate managers and technical specialists to work with faculty and students from the University of Washington as well as from other institutions, to address key value chain problems and/or opportunities in the neutral environment of the University.

The TCP was founded as an educational collaboration between Dr. James Seferis and Dr. Philip Condit (Chairman and CEO of the Boeing Company) in order to educate teams with a certificate type university sponsored program, signed and acknowledged by top management of participating organizations. The program brings together members of several related business organizations, educates them on how to work in a heterogeneous global environment with constant awareness of compete and collaborate issues, and then allows them to identify issues of mutual interest and/or concerns.

The fundamental concept is that difficult issues can be better addressed and solutions can be more easily found by using a multi-organizational and multi-cultural approach. Conceptually, this is a general program open to all disciplines, with team project proposals subject to approval by the Admissions Committee. It is unique in that through the University of Washington, a neutral ground is established for exchange of technologies and ideas.


The Team Certificate Program in Advanced Materials, Manufacturing and Management Processes (AMMMAP) has been designed by an interdisciplinary committee appointed by the Dean of the Graduate School together with professionals from large multinational corporations. Following guidelines of the committee and other professionals, this graduate credit program provides a solid foundation for developing teaming skills on a global scale.
Academic requirements for this program have been set by the Graduate School Interdisciplinary Committee. Work and experience requirements are established by the faculty and sponsors of the newly formed team. Research and funding requirements are set by the faculty and industrial co-directors. Each certificate bears the signature and recognition of the President of the University of Washington and the senior officer of the participating corporations.


The curriculum for the Team Certificate Program in Advanced Materials, Manufacturing and Management Processes is highly flexible. Teams can begin the curriculum during any quarter. The number of quarters and credits at each level vary with the length and complexity of the project and special sections of A(MA)3P 500 classes can be arranged to meet the needs of each specific team project at each level. For instance, the latest team added three new classes as part of their curriculum: team marketing, business finance and business accounting.
A team may spend from 1-4 quarters (from 3-12 months) and receive from 1-9 graduate credits at each course. The faculty adviser for the team will specify the number of quarters and credits for each level. Team members must register for a series of six team project-oriented courses, combining practical applications and theoretical fundamentals essential to the engineering, manufacturing or marketing professional.

Students move through the program as a team and part of the team education are quarterly visits to different sponsoring organizations as well as a ten day team experiential learning activity either in Europe or Asia. Cost of each course is based on the current graduate fee per credit as well as other considerations (travel, R&D, implementation, etc.).

Example Team Projects

  • Risk Assessment for New Technology: In-service Flight Evaluation of Advanced Composites.
  • Staged Protocol for Global Technology Implementation: Composites with Dual Cure for Manufacturing and Repair.
  • Perceptions of Technological Innovation, Development and Transfer: In-service Evaluation of Moisture Migration through Honeycomb Sandwich Structures.
  • Supply Chain Organizational Systems (SCOS): Technologies Enhancing Communication.
  • Integrated Value Chain Modeling: A Study of In-service Exterior Aircraft Composite Surfaces.
  • Shower Process Evaluation and EDucation (SPEED): A Project Management Methodology for Fast Achievements.
  • Domus/BBJ Design Competition: Organization of a Global Competition for Interior Designs for the Boeing Business Jet.

Earning the Certificate

In order to earn the certificate, students must successfully complete each of the courses required with the minimum grade-point average of 3.0. Those pursuing the certificate cannot elect to audit courses. Grading for the courses follows University of Washington guidelines.
Upon successful completion of the program, each student receives a certificate, signed and recognized by the President of the University of Washington and a senior officer from each institution represented on the team.

Students of the Team Certificate Program are eligible to receive a certificate in Team Engineering Management by taking additional technical courses at the University of Washington, such as Advanced Polymeric Composites (ChemE 572) or Polymer Physics and Engineering (ChemE 571).If admitted as a degree-seeking student, a participant can complete an advanced graduate degree concurrently with the certificate, either at the University of Washington (Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering or Ms. in Engineering), or another accredited university worldwide.

Currently the UW Team Certificate Program is offering its students the option to obtain a Masters in Industrial Management from the Lille Graduate School of Management (ESC Lille) in France. In successfully completing this degree students will be able to use TCP credits. Among the requirements are also the defense of a thesis and the participation in a workshop that emphasizes industrial and value management aspects, organized and hosted by the French business school.

Executive Steering Commitee

Philip M. Condit Chairman & CEO
The Boeing Company

Chicago, IL & Seattle, WA
Stelios Haji-Ioannou Chairman


London, UK
James C. Seferis Chairman, T.C.P.
Boeing/Steiner Professor

Chemical Engineering

Seattle, WA
John Warner& Ray Brown Senior Vice Presidents
The Boeing Company

Chicago, IL & Seattle, WA
Susan Corcos President, FREEDOM
Chairperson & CEO

Plasteki S.A.

Athens, Greece
Toshiaki Ogasawara Chairman and Publisher
The Japan Times

Tokyo, Japan
Yi-Taek Shim President
Korean Air

Seoul, Korea