San Antonio, Texas
June 10, 2012
June 10, 2012
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Recommendations for Promoting Desirable Characteristics in Engineering Ph.D.s: Perspectives from Industry and AcademiaEngineering doctoral graduates often are criticized for being narrowly trained in their disciplines;for being ill-prepared for the professional workplace; for lacking leadership abilities; and for notbeing flexible in a changing global environment. According to the 2009 Survey of EarnedDoctorates, 69.2% of engineering doctoral graduates accepted positions in industry upongraduation, and 17.1% accepted academic positions. The remaining percentage of graduatesjoined the governmental sector (9%), accepted a position in a non-profit organization, or pursuedother options. Considering the challenges facing engineering Ph.D.s, it is necessary torecommend ways for engineering doctoral students to “hit the ground running” in their academicor industrial positions. This research presents information about the potential measures that canbe undertaken in graduate education to facilitate the academic preparation of current engineeringdoctoral students. The primary research question within this paper asks, “What can be done atthe graduate level to ensure that engineering Ph.D. students are acquiring the desiredcharacteristics to be successful in academic and industrial careers?”Authors conducted in-depth interviews among forty engineering professionals in academia andindustry representing several engineering disciplines. This paper provides an analysis of theresponses to the research question and provides suggestions for preparing current engineeringdoctoral students who may pursue careers in academia or industry upon graduation. Thesesuggestions may be used to facilitate the training of current engineering doctoral students in theiracquisition of knowledge, skills, or attributes that are essential to career success and may be usedto identify educational models for engineers who would like to explore multiple post-graduatepathways during their graduate experiences.
Cox, M. F., & Zhu, J., & London, J. S., & Ahn, B., & Torres-Ayala, A. T., & Ramane, K. D. (2012, June), Recommendations for Promoting Desirable Characteristics in Engineering Ph.D.s: Perspectives from Industry and Academia Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21858
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