Investigating the attributes and expectations of engineering Ph.D.s working in industry

Benjamin Ahn, Monica F. Cox, Jeremi London, Jiabin Zhu

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3 Scopus citations

Abstract

Many engineering Ph.D.s are finding career opportunities in industry. Despite the increase in number of Ph.D. engineers working in industry, there is little research on what it takes to be a successful engineering Ph.D. in industry. This study explores the characteristics, and expectations of engineering Ph.D.s by interviewing ten engineering Ph.D.s working in industry. These preliminary findings reveal that responsibilities of engineering Ph.D.s in industry include more than research and development. Among other things, engineering Ph.D.s that work in this sector are expected to communicate effectively and teach others. The characteristics that engineering Ph.D.s need to possess to be successful in industry are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2013 Frontiers in Education Conference
Subtitle of host publicationEnergizing the Future, FIE 2013 - Proceedings
Pages1542-1544
Number of pages3
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2013
Event43rd IEEE Annual Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE 2013 - Oklahoma City, OK, United States
Duration: Oct 23 2013Oct 26 2013

Publication series

NameProceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE
ISSN (Print)1539-4565

Other

Other43rd IEEE Annual Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE 2013
CountryUnited States
CityOklahoma City, OK
Period10/23/1310/26/13

Keywords

  • Attributes
  • Engineering Ph.D.
  • Expectations
  • Industry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Education
  • Computer Science Applications

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    Ahn, B., Cox, M. F., London, J., & Zhu, J. (2013). Investigating the attributes and expectations of engineering Ph.D.s working in industry. In 2013 Frontiers in Education Conference: Energizing the Future, FIE 2013 - Proceedings (pp. 1542-1544). [6685096] (Proceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE). https://doi.org/10.1109/FIE.2013.6685096