June 15, 2019
June 15, 2019
June 19, 2019
Understanding and addressing the diversity gap in engineering is of critical importance to the current and rapidly growing U.S. workforce needs. This is particularly true within Biomedical Engineering (BME), a field that is amid a 10-year estimated 23% employment growth (2014-2024). Gender and ethnic diversity in particular have been studied to develop interventions aimed to support, graduate, and retain a larger and more diverse population into the engineering workforce. Despite these efforts, diversity in both the biomedical and the general engineering workforce as a whole has remained low. This paper aims to further the knowledge of the diversity gap by exploring the relationship between diversity and career outcomes for undergraduate engineering students upon graduation. More specifically, we aims to gain insight on the extent of the impact gender or ethnic identity have on the career outcomes of Biomedical Engineering undergraduate students at a large Midwestern research university, compared to three other engineering majors. Identifying potential diversity- and major-based inequities could provide further insight for how to improve retention and maintain appropriate pathways into the growing engineering workforce.
Ortiz-Rosario, A., & Shermadou, A., & Delaine, D. A., & Nocera, T. M. (2019, June), To What Extent Does Gender and Ethnicity Impact Engineering Students’ Career Outcomes? An Exploratory Analysis Comparing Biomedical to Three Other Undergraduate Engineering Majors Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--33442
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