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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

Start Date

June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013



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Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Poster Session

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Electrical and Computer

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23.592.1 - 23.592.8



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Anil Saigal Tufts University

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Anil Saigal is a Professor in the School of Engineering at Tufts University. He received his doctorate from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

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Arun Karthik Saigal Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Arun Saigal is a graduate student in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT.

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FACULTY AT TOP EE/CS RESEARCH UNIVERSITIES AbstractDoes  it  matter  where  you  do  your  doctorate  if  your  goal  is  to  become  a  faculty member at a top electrical engineering / computer science research university?  A number  of  criteria  have  been  used  to  rank  engineering  institutions  including  total research  and  development  expenditures,  federally  sponsored  research  and development,  number  of  members  of  the  National  Academies,  significant  faculty awards,  size  of  endowment  and  annual  giving,  and  mean  GRE  scores  of  enrolling graduates  students,  among  others.  As  per  the  latest  U.S.  News  and  World  Report rankings,  the  top  10  ranked  universities  are  MIT,  Stanford,  UC‐Berkeley,  Illinois‐Urbana  Champagne,  Georgia  Tech,  CalTech,  Carnegie  Mellon,  Michigan‐Ann  Arbor, Cornell,  Princeton  and  Purdue.  However,  as  a  graduating  mechanical  engineering doctoral  student,  what  are  your  chances  of  receiving  an  offer  at  one  of  these  top‐ranked  institutions.  This  study  looks  at  the  distribution  of  faculty  at  these institutions and where they received their doctorate.  Among the top three, nearly two‐third of the faculty have received their doctorate from these three institutions themselves  and  80%  of  them  from  the  top  10  ranked  institutions.  If  you  include other  Ivy  League  schools  and  major  international  universities,  this  number increases  to  more  than  90%.  More  than  40%  of  MIT  faculty  has  received  their doctorate  from  MIT  itself.  These  numbers  are  significantly  higher  as  compared  to some  other  fields.  Some  of  the  factors  which  contribute  to  this  are  the  local employment market for the graduates and their availability and interest at a future date,  and  tracking  and  mentoring  of  future  faculty  members  by  these  institutions. Even  though  at  other  institutions,  the  diversity  from  which  faculty  have  received their  doctorates  increases,  it  appears  that  the  institution  where  graduates  receive their  doctorate  affects  their  employability  as  a  faculty  member  at  top  ranked electrical engineering / computer science programs.      2013 ASEE Annual Conference Atlanta, GA June 23-26, 2013  

Saigal, A., & Saigal, A. K. (2013, June), FACULTY AT TOP EE/CS RESEARCH UNIVERSITIES Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--19606

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