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Perceptions and Misconceptions of Industrial Engineering from First-year Engineering Students

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

Start Date

June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015





Conference Session

Industrial Engineering Division Technical Session 1

Tagged Division

Industrial Engineering

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26.1222.1 - 26.1222.19



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Eric Specking University of Arkansas Orcid 16x16

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Eric Specking serves as the Director of Undergraduate Recruitment for the College of Engineering at the University of Arkansas. He directs the engineering recruitment office, most of the College of Engineering’s K-12 outreach programs, and the college's summer programs. He received a B.S. in Computer Engineering and a M.S. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Arkansas.

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Patricia E Kirkwood University of Arkansas


Lihua Yang University of Arkansas

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Lihua Yang is a doctoral student in Educational Statistics and Research Method. She currently works as a teaching and research assistant at the University of Arkansas. She can be contacted at ly001(at)uark(dot)edu.

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Perception: What is Industrial Engineering?AbstractPerception has a hidden importance in our society. It is what drives us to buy that name brandproduct, move to a certain area of town, or even select a university to call home. The U.S. News& World Report even uses it for rankings, but in today’s growing, diverse environment,perception is constantly changing; it is often developed from an individual’s experiences andtheir surrounding environment. It itself is a form of bias. Therefore, it is important to collect,track how it changes, and understand the perception of incoming and current engineeringstudents to ensure engineering colleges around the United States provide the right message toprospective students and industry partners. It also helps colleges evaluate the effectiveness oftheir recruitment publications and events. This is why in 2012 the University of ___ started athree phase, six stage longitudinal study on engineering perception. This paper will analyze theresults from phase one, stage one of the longitudinal study with regards to industrial engineering.It will 1) briefly introduce the longitudinal study, 2) discuss the phase one, stage one onlinesurvey administered to freshman engineering students at the University of ___, and 3) examinethe survey results for those students interested in industrial engineering to help provide insight onwhy students are interested in industrial engineering, the strength of current and future jobopportunities, and how freshman engineering students interested in industrial engineeringperceive industrial engineering.

Specking, E., & Kirkwood, P. E., & Yang, L. (2015, June), Perceptions and Misconceptions of Industrial Engineering from First-year Engineering Students Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24559

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