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Effect of Women in Engineering Programs on Career Development of Female Engineering Students

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2012 ASEE International Forum


San Antonio, Texas

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June 9, 2012

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June 9, 2012

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June 10, 2012

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Track 2 - Session 2 - Curriculum and Laboratory Development

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Track 2 - Curriculum and Laboratory Development

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17.21.1 - 17.21.8



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Dong Ik Kim Kunsun University


Myongsook Susan Oh Hongik University

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Myongsook Oh is a professor of Chemical Engineering Department at Hongik University in Seoul. She obtained a B.S. degree in chemical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, and Sc. D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Before joining Hongik University, Dr. Oh was associated with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and Texaco, Inc in the U. S. Starting from her Sc. D. thesis on softening coal pyrolysis, she worked on the conversion of fossil fuels for over 30 years. She has continued working on the coal gasification in Korea, providing leadership in gasification slag rheology and refractory corrosion.

The other area that Dr. Oh devotes her effort is to develop women in engineering program and educational contents. With her colleagues, she introduced the concept of engineering education for women (EEW). For last seven years, she organized and chaired the EEW session in the annual conference of Korean Society of Engineering Education (KSEE).. Dr. Oh now serves as a vice president of Korea Federation of Women’s Science and Technology Associations, a vice president of Korean KSEE, and a director of the Regional center for Women in Science, Engineering and Technology in Seoul.

She also served several government committees such as Energy Technology Advisory Committee and New and Renewable Energy Committee in the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy, Korea. She is an active member of in ACS, KIChE, KSIEC, ASEE, and KSEE. She is a member of the National Academy of Engineering of Korea (NAEK).

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Effect of Women in Engineering Programs on career development of femaleengineering studentsDong Ik Kim,* Young Hwa Lee,* and Myongsook S. Oh***Kunsan University, **Hongik University, SpeakerAbstractWomen in Engineering (WIE) Programs were developed to increase theemployment ratio of female students in engineering. 207 female engineeringstudents were surveyed for their psychological correlates of career developmentsin engineering, and self-evaluation of competency in various hard and soft skills.The level of the psychological correlates, occupational competency and the employment ratio offemale engineering graduates from 2007 through 2011 were analyzed as a function of theprogram participation. The results showed that the WIE programs not only improved theemployment ratio, but also improve their psychological correlates, such as self efficacy,initiative, and willingness to challenge. Female students, in general, have a relatively highaspiration for engineering careers, but have a relatively low employment self efficacy. However,the group of students who participated in various WIE programs showed a higher employmentself efficacy as well as a higher employment ratio than the group who did not participate.

Kim, D. I., & Oh, M. S. (2012, June), Effect of Women in Engineering Programs on Career Development of Female Engineering Students Paper presented at 2012 ASEE International Forum, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--17040

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