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Faculty Hiring Patterns in Mechanical Engineering at Elite Universities

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

Start Date

June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012



Conference Session

Exploration of Trends in Engineering Education

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Graduate Studies

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25.632.1 - 25.632.7



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Anil Saigal Tufts University

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Anil Saigal is a professor of mechanical engineering at Tufts University, Medford, Mass., USA. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. from Georgia Institute of Technology, USA, and his B.Tech. from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India. He is a Fellow of ASME. His research interests include materials and manufacturing engineering.

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Arun K. Saigal Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Arun Saigal is a student in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT, Cambridge, Mass., USA. His research interest is in the areas of data analysis and mobile application development.

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FACULTY AT TOP MECHANICAL ENGINEERING RESEARCH UNIVERSITIES AbstractDoes  it  matter  where  you  do  your  doctorate  if  your  goal  is  to  become  a  faculty member at a top mechanical engineering 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  US  News,  the  top  10  ranked  programs  in  Mechanical Engineering are MIT, Stanford, UC‐Berkeley, CalTech, Michigan‐Ann Arbor, Georgia Tech,  Illinois‐Urbana  Champagne,  Cornell,  Purdue  and  Princeton.  However,  as  a graduating  mechanical  engineering  doctoral  student,  what  are  your  chances  of receiving an offer at one of these top ranked institutions in Mechanical Engineering. This  study looks  at  the  distribution  of  faculty  at  these  institutions and  where they received  their  doctorate.    More  than  60%  of  the  faculty  at  the  10  top  ranked institutions is from these institutions themselves with nearly 45% of them from the top  four.  If  you  include  other  Ivy  League  schools  and  major  international universities,  this  number  increases  to  nearly  80%.  More  than  50%  of  MIT  faculty received their doctorate from MIT itself. Georgia Tech was the most diverse and had the highest percent of faculty from non top 10 ranked institutions.  MIT, Caltech and Stanford  were  the  only  institutions  to  have  successfully  placed  their  graduates  at each of the top 10 ranked institutions, while MIT took the top honors in placing the highest  number  of  its  graduates  at  these  institutions.    So  it  appears  that  the institution where graduates receive their doctorate affects their employability as a faculty member.       2012 ASEE Annual Conference San Antonio, TX June 10-13, 2012  

Saigal, A., & Saigal, A. K. (2012, June), Faculty Hiring Patterns in Mechanical Engineering at Elite Universities Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21389

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