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October 2018:

Our analyst group has been busy with writing and presentations, including papers presented at the 2018 American Society of Engineering Education conference and the 2018 Frontiers in Education conference. These papers and posters include:

  • Klenk, M.J., Bjorklund, T.A., Gilmartin, S.K., & Sheppard, S. (2018). Early-Career Engineers at the Workplace: Meaningful Highs, Lows, and Innovative Work Efforts. Paper presented at the American Society for Engineering Education 125th Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah, June 24-27.
  • Kusimo, A., Thompson, M., Atwood, S., & Sheppard, S. (2018). Effects of Research and Internship Experiences on Engineering Task Self-Efficacy on Engineering Students Through an Intersectional Lens. Paper presented at the American Society for Engineering Education 125th Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah, June 24-27. Winner of 2018 Best Diversity Paper Award.
  • Licon, S. Sheppard, S., & Gilmartin, S. (2018). Transitioning into the Workforce: Early Career Pathways of Engineering Students. Poster presented at the Summer Undergraduate Research Institute Poster Session, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University. August 24.
  • Powers, K., Chen, H.L., Prasad, K.V., Gilmartin, S.K., & Sheppard, S. (2018). Exploring How Engineering Internships and Undergraduate Research Experiences Inform and Influence College Students’ Career Decisions and Future Plans. Paper presented at the American Society for Engineering Education 125th Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah, June 24-27.
  • Rude, L., Harris, A., Gilmartin, S., & Sheppard, S. (2018). Exploring Alignment Between Engineering Students’ Job Plans and Post-Graduation Outcomes. Paper presented at the Frontiers in Education Conference, San Jose, CA, October 3-6.
  • Su, T., Sheppard, S., & Gilmartin, S. (2018). Visualizing the Paths to our Goals. Poster presented at the Summer Undergraduate Research Institute Poster Session, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University. August 24.
  • Thompson, M., Kusimo, A., Atwood, S., & Sheppard, S. (2018, February). What Matters for Engineering Task Self-Efficacy? Understanding Internship Experiences through an Intersectional Lens. Poster presented at the Stanford Center for Education Policy Analysis Conference. Stanford, CA.
  • Wiggins, C., Sheppard, S., Gilmartin, S.K., von Unold, B., Bjorklund, T.A., & Cruz, M. (2018). Coding for Culture, Diversity, Gender, and Identity: The Potential for Automation in Research. Paper presented at the American Society for Engineering Education 125th Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah, June 24-27.

November 2017:

EMS 3.0 was administered to over 3,000 respondents to 1.0 who indicated they would be willing to receive a follow-up survey. Open for three weeks, the survey yielded over 1,000 responses, the large majority of whom had graduated from their bachelor's programs and were in the workforce and/or graduate school. The next six months will find the EMS team building the longitudinal dataset and codebook. Please stay tuned for more information.

October 2017:

EMS analysts submitted a wide range of papers to the 2017 meeting of the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE), as well as presented at several other conferences and poster sessions throughout the year:

  • Arnstein, M.A., Gilmartin, S.K., & Sheppard, S.D. (2017, August). Career Pathways of Young Engineers. Poster presented at the Summer Undergraduate Research Closing Session, August 25. Stanford, CA.

  • Brubaker, E., Schar, M., Sheppard, S. (2017, June). Impact-Driven Engineering Students: Contributing Behavioral Correlates. Proceedings of the American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference, June 25-28. Columbus, OH.

  • Dungs, C., Sheppard, S., Chen, H. (2017, June). Extracurricular College Activities Fostering Students’ Innovation Self-efficacy. Proceedings of the American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference, June 25-28. Columbus, OH.

  • Harris, A., Gilmartin, S., Reinders, K., Sheppard, S. (2017, June). Understanding Engineering Student Motivating Factors for Job Application and Selection. Proceedings of the American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference, June 25-28. Columbus, OH.

  • Kusimo, A., Gilmartin, S.K., & Sheppard, S.D. (2017, May). Survey Re-Design in Engineering Education Research to Reduce Respondent Marking Error. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Mechanical Engineering Student Research Conference (MECON), Stanford, CA.

  • Levine, A., Bjorklund, T., Gilmartin, S., Sheppard, S. (2017, June). A Preliminary Exploration of the Role of Surveys In Student Reflection and Behavior. Proceedings of the American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference, June 25-28. Columbus, OH.

  • Pink, S., Rieken, B., Bjorklund, T., Sheppard, S. (2017, June). What Makes an Inquisitive Engineer?  An Exploration of Question-Asking, Self-Efficacy, and Outcome Expectations among Engineering Students. Proceedings of the American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference, June 25-28. Columbus, OH.

  • Rameseder, G., Sheppard, S., Reithmann, M., Brubaker, R. (2017, June). The Roots of Entrepreneurial Career Goals among Today’s Engineering Undergraduate Students. Proceedings of the American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference, June 25-28. Columbus, OH.  (This paper earned Best Research Paper Award, 3rd Place, in the ENT division.)

  • Rieken, B., Schar, M., Shapiro, S., Gilmartin, S., Sheppard, S. (2017, June). Exploring the Relationship between Mindfulness and Innovation in Engineering Students. Proceedings of the American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference, June 25-28. Columbus, OH.

  • Rieken, B., Schar, M, & Sheppard, S. (2016, October). Trait Mindfulness in an engineering classroom: An exploration of the relationship between mindfulness, academic skills, and professional skills. Paper presented at Frontiers in Education, October 12-15, Erie, PA. (This paper earned the FiE Dasher Best Paper Award.)

  • Schadl, B., Sheppard, S., Chen, H. (2017, June). Career Certainty: Differences Between Career Certain and Uncertain Engineering Students. Proceedings of the American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference, June 25-28. Columbus, OH.

  • Schar, M., Gilmartin, S., Rieken, B., Brunhaver, S., Chen, H., Sheppard, S. (2017, June). The Making of an Innovative Engineer: Academic and Life Experiences that Shape Engineering Task and Innovation Self-Efficacy. Proceedings of the American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference, June 25-28. Columbus, OH.

  • Schar, M., Gilmartin, S., Harris, A., Rieken, B., Sheppard, S. (2017, June). Innovation Self-Efficacy: A Very Brief Measure for Engineering Students. Proceedings for the American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference, June 25-28. Columbus, OH.

May 2016:

Come see us at ASEE in June 2016! The below papers draw from EMS 1.0 data will be presented on the following days and times:

  • Cao, E., Gilmartin, S., Jin, Q., Dungs, C., & Sheppard, S. Business program participation and engineering innovation: An exploration of engineering students' minors, certificates, and concentrations. Mon. June 27 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM New Orleans Convention Center, 277
  • Grau, M., Gilmartin, S., Rieken, B., & Sheppard, S. What do you want to do with your life? Insights into how engineering students think about their future career plans. Wed. June 29, 2016 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM New Orleans Convention Center, 277
  • Peterfreund, A., Costache, E., Chen, H., Gilmartin, S., & Sheppard, S. Infusing Innovation and Entrepreneurship into Engineering Education: Looking for change as seen by ASEE members, 2012 to 2015. Mon. June 27 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM New Orleans Convention Center, 263

April 2016:

The Engineering Majors Survey “2.0” was launched in early April. This follow-up survey was emailed to over 3,500 engineering students and recent graduates who had agreed to receive an invitation from us on EMS “1.0” in 2015. The survey will be open throughout April. EMS 2.0 includes many of the same items that were asked on EMS 1.0, in order to learn about students’ change in engineering and innovation interests over time.

September 2015:

We administered the Engineering Majors Survey to upwards of 30,000 engineering undergraduates across 27 U.S. institutions between February-May 2015. A total of 7,197 students responded to the survey; of these, 6,187 are self-reported “juniors” and “seniors”. Approximately 30 percent of all respondents are women. About 95 percent of respondents are full-time students; and one-quarter are transfer students. Consistent with national data on degree attainment by field, Mechanical Engineering majors compose the largest group of respondents by major; just under 10 percent of respondents report having a second major, half of which are in engineering fields. We are preparing for our follow-up survey in Winter/Spring 2016. We are preparing two articles on the “baseline” 2015 data (“EMS 1.0”) that will give an overview of students’ career interests and plans surrounding innovative work, as well as predictors of these plans (e.g., “innovation self-efficacy”, innovation-related learning experiences, and “innovation outcome expectations”).