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Switching into and out of Engineering: Trends and Patterns (Work-In-Progress)

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June 22, 2020

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June 22, 2020

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June 26, 2021

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Hossein Ebrahiminejad Purdue University, West Lafayette

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Hossein Ebrahiminejad is a Ph.D. student in Engineering Education at Purdue University. He completed his M.S. in Biomedical Engineering at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), and his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in Iran. His research interests include student pathways, educational policy, and quantitative research methods.

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George D. Ricco University of Indianapolis

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George D. Ricco is an assistant professor of engineering and first-year engineering coordinator at the University of Indianapolis. He focuses his work between teaching the first two years of introductory engineering and engineering design and research in student progression. Previously, he was a special title series assistant professor in electrical engineering at the University of Kentucky, and the KEEN Program Coordinator at Gonzaga University in the School of Engineering and Applied Science. He completed his doctorate in engineering education from Purdue University’s School of Engineering Education. Previously, he received an M.S. in earth and planetary sciences studying geospatial imaging, and an M.S. in physics studying high-pressure, high-temperature FT-IR spectroscopy in heavy water, both from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He holds a B.S.E. in engineering physics with a concentration in electrical engineering from Case Western Reserve University. His academic interests include longitudinal analysis, visualization, semantics, team formation, gender issues, existential phenomenology, and lagomorph physiology.

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Matthew W. Ohland Purdue University, West Lafayette Orcid 16x16

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Matthew W. Ohland is Associate Head and Professor of Engineering Education at Purdue University. He has degrees from Swarthmore College, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and the University of Florida. His research on the longitudinal study of engineering students, team assignment, peer evaluation, and active and collaborative teaching methods has been supported by the National Science Foundation and the Sloan Foundation and his team received for the best paper published in the Journal of Engineering Education in 2008, 2011, and 2019 and from the IEEE Transactions on Education in 2011 and 2015. Dr. Ohland is an ABET Program Evaluator for ASEE. He was the 2002–2006 President of Tau Beta Pi and is a Fellow of the ASEE, IEEE, and AAAS.

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This Work-In-Progress aims to use the Multiple-Institution Database for Investigating Engineering Longitudinal Development (MIDFIELD) to investigate on different undergraduate student populations who switch into and from engineering. The database contains 19 partner institutions comprising more than 1,000,000 individual student entries and over 12% of the United States’ engineering students. This Work-In-Progress (WIP), aims to take the first step in better understanding gaps in higher education. In this WIP we use a multi-institutional database to see the portion of undergraduate migrators; Both those who migrate from engineering and those who migrate to engineering from other majors. This WIP will be the foundation of future research to investigate the gaps in higher education to attract and retain students.

Ebrahiminejad, H., & Ricco, G. D., & Ohland, M. W. (2020, June), Switching into and out of Engineering: Trends and Patterns (Work-In-Progress) Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--35262

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