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Engineering Pathways

Adrienne Johnson MSME, BSMS Stanford University Class of 2017
We have researched the work of early career engineers, with particular emphasis on what skills and abilities are needed in practice and where and how these skills and abilities are learned, as part of the NSF-funded Engineering Pathways Study (EPS). In this study we have also explored the career paths of those who completed an engineering degree but whose professional work out-of-college is not classified as “engineering” (this group makes up some 30% of engineering graduates). Co-PIs: Sheri Sheppard (Stanford), Cindy Atman (UW), Holly Matusovich (VT), Ron Miller (Mines), & Ruth Streveler (Purdue).
Our most recent project straddles school and work, looking at how engineering students think about, develop, and act on career opportunities; Professional Engineering Pathways: A Longitudinal Study of Early Career Preparedness and Decision-Making. This longitudinal NSF-funded study, involving six engineering schools and being lead by ASU, is designed to follow students through the college-to-work world transition, to see how their plans are developed and then realized after they graduate. A major goal of this study is to help improve career-related resources available to engineering students. Lead: Samantha Brunhaver (ASU). Co-PIs: Sheri Sheppard (Stanford), Holly Matusovich (VT), & Ruth Streveler (Purdue).