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The objective of this project is to examine the differences between Moroccan and American cultures with regards to prevalent messaging about engineering. This examination will help us determine the factors that contribute to women's decisions to pursue engineering degrees at higher rates in Morocco and similar non-western cultures. According to a report entitled "Is U.S. Science and Technology Adrift?" released by the Commission on Professionals in Science and Technology (CPST), the United States’ engineering workforce is growing but still lagging behind the overall growth of the country. The U.S. World News/ Raytheon STEM report shows that the U.S. continues to have a shortage of STEM workers and, furthermore, that the increase in 2016 STEM degrees was primarily awarded to foreigners with temporary visas. These findings indicate that the U.S. will rely on foreign workers to fill future STEM jobs. One way to address this shortage is increased participation in engineering of minorities and other underrepresented groups. This project is an exploratory qualitative case study with three different phases. In phase 1, we sent recruitment surveys to Mechanical and Aerospace engineering seniors and graduate students. Participants will be recruited for interviews based on the answers provided in the survey. Phases 2 and 3 involve conducting interviews and member checking for clarity purposes. The interviews will help us to understand the students’ intentions and their distinct cultural influences that led them to major in engineering. We will examine the data using two theoretical frameworks: Eccels’ Expectancy Value theory and Hoftsedes’ Cultural Dimensions. This executive summary serves as a description of this project with a focus on the preliminary data analysis. The goal of this study is to generate knowledge from a different culture, which can be used to increase the number of American women pursuing careers in engineering fields to meet the U.S. workforce needs.
Sullivan, R. W., & Sassi, S., & Mohammadi-Aragh, M. J. (2020, June), Recruiting More U.S, Women into Engineering Based on Stories from Morocco Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--35124
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