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Comparison of Job Market and Employer Interest in Undergraduate Engineering Students: An Exploratory Analysis

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2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access

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Virtual On line

Publication Date

June 22, 2020

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June 22, 2020

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June 26, 2021

Conference Session

Biomedical Engineers and Professional Development - June 23rd

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Biomedical Engineering

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10

DOI

10.18260/1-2--34313

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https://peer.asee.org/34313

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Alexis Ortiz-Rosario Ohio State University

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Alexis Ortiz-Rosario is a assistant professor of practice in the department of biomedical engineering at The Ohio State University. He holds a B.S. in industrial engineering from the University of Puerto Rico Mayagüez, and a M.S. and PhD in biomedical engineering from The Ohio State University. His current position entails teaching measurements and instrumentation courses, leading micro and nano educational labs, as well as mentoring students in their senior capstone projects. His current projects include industry integration in the curriculum, undergraduate professional development, and entrepreneurial minded learning in the classroom.

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Nathan Hyungsok Choe Ohio State University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-5662-0853

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Dr. Nathan (Hyungsok) Choe is a research assistant professor in department of engineering education at the Ohio State University.
He obtained his PhD in STEM education at UT Austin. His research focuses on the development of engineering identity in graduate school and underrepresented group. Dr. Choe holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees in electrical engineering from Illinois Tech. He also worked as an engineer at LG electronics mobile communication company.

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Amena Shermadou Ohio State University

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Amena Shermadou is an Engineering Education graduate student at The Ohio State University. She received her Bachelors and Masters in Biomedical Engineering from Wright State University, in Dayton, Ohio. Her experience with teaching first-year engineering students has led to research interests in curriculum development, student empowerment and the development of holistic engineers through the collaboration with engineering stakeholders.

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David A. Delaine Ohio State University

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Dr. David A. Delaine is an Assistant Professor at The Ohio State University Department of Engineering Education. Within this newly formed department he strives to creatively impact engineering education and society through investigating community-based learning and its potential impact on students and communities. The goal of this research is to establish knowledge in how STEM CBL can support broadening participation and promote social justice and citizenship through evidence-based approaches.

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Tanya M. Nocera Ohio State University

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Tanya M. Nocera, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Practice in Biomedical Engineering at The Ohio State University. She is focused on developing, teaching, and assessing upper-level Biomedical Engineering laboratory courses, with particular interest in improving student technical communication skills.

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Abstract

Workshops hosted at recent Biomedical  Engineering  Society  (BMES) meetings have identified the leap from university to a career in industry to be a nation-wide challenge for Biomedical Engineering (BME) undergraduate programs and their alumni. While some strides are being made to better utilize industry feedback to steer the future of BME  curricula,  industry recruitment preferences and practices are not well understood. This case study will analyze what differences are present in industry interest, recruitment, and evaluations of engineering students. Anecdotally, BME undergraduate students report high levels of frustration when attending engineering career fairs citing lack of industry interest in the field. Using data collected by our university's Engineering Career Services, we will present industry trends on preferred majors, recruitment of students, and aggregate employee evaluations of hired students. Identifying differences in recruitment practices and evaluations will shed light on factors that result in BME undergraduate students' preference for graduate studies instead of industry. 

Ortiz-Rosario, A., & Choe, N. H., & Shermadou, A., & Delaine, D. A., & Nocera, T. M. (2020, June), Comparison of Job Market and Employer Interest in Undergraduate Engineering Students: An Exploratory Analysis Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--34313

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