June 15, 2014
June 15, 2014
June 18, 2014
Women in Engineering
24.604.1 - 24.604.13
Recent Gender Diversity Pathways for Domestic and International Doctoral Graduates of United States Electrical and Computer Engineering ProgramsDoctoral degree attainment on the way to a tenured faculty position involves a series ofsteps wherein the choice of discipline differs by gender and race at every level. Throughthe use of the ASEE database and other sources, this paper describes transitions along theengineering career pathway wherein domestic female and male electrical and computerengineering (ECE) undergraduate degree recipients have been producing a surprisingresult for the last several years: Domestic women have been completing ECE doctoratesat a much higher rate than are domestic men. Because examples of sustained success arefew even though the investment in research, programs and personnel has been substantial,it is important that we identify the factors associated with these outcomes and how theymight vary with disciplines and sub-disciplines. For ECE, there are differences ingraduate level gender diversity based on their designation as electrical engineering,computer engineering or electrical and computer engineering. Applying to graduateschool and persisting to complete a doctorate is most often motivated by interest andaptitude for research and academic careers. Undergraduate advising, undergraduateresearch participation and the availability and attractiveness of employment opportunitiesat the BS and MS level may all be relevant factors. Persistence to a doctorate can also bedependent on financial obligations, advising, personal life, family issues and theavailability of financial support. This paper will discuss the data in the context ofinstitution type, as well as program size, while also describing possible factors leading tothese outcomes and comparisons to other disciplines.
Bowman, K. J. (2014, June), Filtered Gender Diversity Pathways for Domestic and International Doctoral Graduates of United States Electrical Engineering (EE), Computer Engineering (CompE) and Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Programs Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--20495
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