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Factors Influencing the Choice of the Industrial Engineering Undergraduate Program

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2022 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Minneapolis, MN

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August 23, 2022

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June 26, 2022

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June 29, 2022

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Industrial Engineering Division Technical Session 2

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Danilo Leal Universidad Andres Bello, Vina del Mar, Chile

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Doctor in Statistics, Master in industrial engineering, Master in Management (minor in Finance) and Commercial Engineer, professional experience in evaluation projects and management control focused on budget control and provides several types of reports. Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Engineering and coordinator of the financial and economic track at Andrés Bello University, in Viña del Mar. Currently Director of Industrial Civil Engineering & Industrial Engineering. Excellent interpersonal relationships with a clear focus on achieving results.

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Genaro Zavala Tecnologico de Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico Universidad Andres Bello, Santiago, Chile

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Genaro Zavala is the leader of the Socially Oriented Interdisciplinary STEM Education Research Group of the Institute for the Future of Education at Tecnologico de Monterrey. He collaborates with the Faculty of Engineering, Universidad Andres Bello in Chile. He is National Researcher Level 2 in Mexico. His research lines are interdisciplinary STEM education, social oriented education, conceptual understanding, active learning, assessment tools, and faculty development. Dr. Zavala was appointed to the editorial board of the PRPER (2015-18). In the AAPT, he was a vice-presidential candidate, member of the Committee on Research in Physics Education, member and chair of the International Education Committee, and elected member of Leadership Organizing Physics Education Research Council.

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Choosing a career is one of the most important decisions a person makes. The literature reports various investigations of the factors comprising students' career decisions, including educational and career aspirations, socioeconomic status, ability, parental encouragement, college attributes, and financial limitations. Some research suggests that these factors change during the school trajectory. Other studies state that the most critical factors are academic reputation followed by employment records. Literature also reports that parents, friends, guidance teachers, visiting recruiters, and school advisors most influence a person's institutional selection (in the presented order). Our ongoing research identifies the main factors influencing undergraduate industrial engineering choices at a multi-campus, private university in Chile. The university's industrial engineering discipline has two undergraduate programs, Civil Industrial Engineering and Industrial Engineering. Since we acknowledge that many factors may affect students' career choices and institutions, we sent a survey to determine the influence level of those factors on those students in the industrial engineering undergraduate programs at this university. Three hundred seventy-six industrial engineering students participated. Our findings were like other studies, which had differences among the program categories. From the results, we will focus our future work on what should be the program's admission strategies and how resources can be maximized. In addition, we will identify the primary factors for the university's other engineering undergraduate programs and then cluster them to create a profile of the prospective students.

Leal, D., & Zavala, G. (2022, August), Factors Influencing the Choice of the Industrial Engineering Undergraduate Program Paper presented at 2022 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Minneapolis, MN. 10.18260/1-2--41698

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