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If I'm Going To Work In Industry, Why Join Asee?

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2002 Annual Conference


Montreal, Canada

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June 16, 2002

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June 16, 2002

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June 19, 2002



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Graduate Student Experiences

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7.620.1 - 7.620.5



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Carol Mullenax

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If I’m going to work in industry, why join ASEE??? Carol Mullenax Tulane University


One challenge to sustaining ASEE student chapters is finding enough interested parties to participate. There are many thoughts on how to increase potential membership, including catering to undergraduate and graduate students planning to pursue industry positions. This paper serves as a sort of business case for students not specifically planning an academic career to participate in ASEE and become better educators. Based on nine years of industry experience, the author will provide perspectives on what aspects of teaching are of particular use and value in industry roles.


It has been made somewhat obvious by the number of now dormant student sections that getting a critical mass of membership is a challenge. Considering that less than 60% of engineering graduate students obtain doctoral degrees, and less than 30% of them obtain academic positions, catering to only the core of those students intending academic careers ignores more than 80% of the overall engineering graduate population which could benefit from the concepts with which ASEE deals.[1-4] The goal of this paper is to point out the many bankable industry skills that ASEE involvement develops or affects.

Engineering industry career stages in a nutshell:

Industry roles for engineers may generally be divided into five main classifications as shown in Figure 1: Technical Group Technical Group Manager developing engineer (less than five Specialist Specialist Leader Leader Manager (>10 years) years of working experience), engineer (>10 years) (>10 years) (>10 years) (>10 years) (>10 years) (5 to 15 years of experience), technical specialist (more than 10 years of experience), group leader (more than 10 years of experience), and manager Engineer (more than 10 years of experience). Engineer (5-15 years) (5-15 years) Many companies, especially the large ones, have multiple career paths which encompass these epochs. Boeing, for instance, offers three paths beginning typically at the group leader stage: Developing Engineer Developing Engineer (entry to 55 years) (entry to years) engineering generalist, technical specialist, or manager. Obviously, time in any one stage is highly dependent Figure 1: Typical engineering career stages upon the engineer involved.

The developing engineer (DE) is primarily self-focused, trying to learn company processes and procedures while building a reputation as a solid performer. He must try to incorporate his recent

Proceedings of the 2002 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2002, American Society for Engineering Education

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Mullenax, C. (2002, June), If I'm Going To Work In Industry, Why Join Asee? Paper presented at 2002 Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada. 10.18260/1-2--10958

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