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Survey-Based Comparison of Perceptions Among Current International Engineering Graduate Students and Alumni at U.S. Universities

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

Start Date

June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011



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General Topics in Graduate Education

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Graduate Studies

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22.1358.1 - 22.1358.11



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Anurag K. Srivastava Washington State University

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Anurag K. Srivastava is working as Assistant Professor in School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Washington State University since 2010. He received his Ph.D. degree from Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), Chicago, in 2005, M.Tech. from Institute of Technology, India in 1999 and B.Tech. from Harcourt Butler Technological Institute, India in 1997. He was working as Assistant Research Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Mississippi State University during 2005 - 2010. His research interests include smart grid, power and energy system as well as engineering education. Dr. Srivastava is a member of ASEE, Sigma Xi and Eta Kappa Nu and a senior member of IEEE. He is the vice-chair of IEEE PES career promotion subcommittee and secretary of IEEE PES student activities.

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Soumya K. Srivastava Washington State University

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Soumya K. Srivastava joined as an Assistant Research Professor in the Gene and Linda Voiland School of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering at Washington State University in August 2010. She obtained her Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering at Mississippi State University in August 2010, M.S from Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago in 2005 and B.S from R.V. College of Engineering, Bangalore, India in 2001. She worked as an intern at Bayer Biologicals and at American Air Liquide. Before joining her Ph.D. at Mississippi State University, she worked at Warren Analytical, Greeley, CO for 1.5 years. Dr. Srivastava’s research interest involves building lab-on-a-chip point-of-care microfluidic platform for medical diagnostic applications, bioseparations via dielectrophoresis, fabrication of microdevices and engineering education. Previously she has worked on recruitment and retention of engineering graduate student’s esp. women and challenges faced by international students in U.S. schools. She is an active member of AIChE, AES, ASEE, and Sigma-Xi and has published several articles in national / international journals and conferences.

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Adrienne R. Minerick Michigan Technological University Orcid 16x16

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Adrienne Minerick is an Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering at Michigan Tech having moved from Mississippi State University in January 2010, where she was a tenured Associate Professor. She received her M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame in 2003 and B.S. from Michigan Technological University in 1998. Adrienne’s research interests include electrokinetics and the development of biomedical microdevices. She earned a 2007 NSF CAREER award; her group has published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, Lab on a Chip, and had an AIChE Journal cover. She is an active mentor of undergraduate researchers and served as co-PI on an NSF REU site. Research within her Medical micro-Device Engineering Research Laboratory (M.D. – ERL) also inspires the development of Desktop Experiment Modules (DEMos) for use in chemical engineering classrooms or as outreach activities in area schools. Adrienne has been an active member of ASEE’s WIED, ChED, and NEE leadership teams since 2003.

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Noel N. Schulz Kansas State University

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Noel N. Schulz received her B.S.E.E. and M.S.E.E.
degrees from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State
University (Virginia Tech) in 1988 and 1990, respectively.
She received her Ph.D. in EE from the University
of Minnesota in 1995. She is currently working
as Paslay Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
at Kansas State University. She has served as
a faculty member at Mississippi State University and
Michigan Tech in the past. Her research interests are
in computer applications in power system operation
including artificial intelligence techniques. She has
been active in the IEEE Power and Energy Society, currently serving as President-Elect. She has served as IEEE/PES Secretary and Treasurer as well. She is recipient of the IEEE/PES Walter Fee Outstanding Young Power Engineer Award and NSF CAREER award. Dr. Schulz is a member of IEEE, ASEE, SWE, Eta Kappa Nu and Tau Beta Pi.

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Survey based comparison of perceptions among alumni and current engineering graduate students at US universitiesAbstract Perceptions of current graduate engineering students and alumni about US engineeringeducation system are generally influenced by their most recent experiences and expectations.Due to the differing environment and progression in their career, these perceptions differ onimportant qualities of US universities, engineering education practices, and challenges facedduring the different phases. Understanding the perceptions of alumni and students will lead toseveral positive outcomes to better plan and improve US graduate engineering education systemand also to increase enrollment of graduate students [1-3]. This paper is based on acomprehensive online survey designed and conducted by the authors. International engineeringgraduate students and alumni from several different countries studying at US universities wereinvited to complete the survey. Results of the survey have been discussed and presented in thispaper during different phases of graduate studies. Results indicate that perception of internationalstudents differ when compared between current students and alumni. Understanding thesedifferences in perceptions by graduate students and alumni will help inform future students andcurrent faculty such that they can act to influence future experiences. This will also helpuniversity administrators to understand the changing challenges that students and alumni faceand to create better educational experiences for students.Reference [1]. T. J. Jackson, “Bolstering Graduate School Enrollments Through Effective Use of Alumni”, College and University, vol. 60, no. 3, pp. 210-218, 1985 [2]. Gayle V. Davidson-Shivers, Kit Inpornjivit, Kim Sellers, “Using Alumni and Student Databases for Program Evaluation and Planning” College Student Journal, vol. 38, 2004 [3]. Cathy A. Enz, Leo M. Renaghan and A. Neal Geller, “Graduate-Level Education: A Survey of Stakeholders”, The Cornell Hotel and Restaurant Administration Quarterly, vol. 34, no. 4, pp. 90-95, August 1993

Srivastava, A. K., & Srivastava, S. K., & Minerick, A. R., & Schulz, N. N. (2011, June), Survey-Based Comparison of Perceptions Among Current International Engineering Graduate Students and Alumni at U.S. Universities Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18733

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