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Suggested Citation:"Appendix F: Workshop Program." National Academy of Engineering. 2018. Understanding the Educational and Career Pathways of Engineers. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25284.
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Appendix F

Workshop Program

WORKSHOP ON PATHWAYS FOR ENGINEERING TALENT
Understanding the Engineering Education-Workforce Continuum Committee
November 19-20, 2014
National Academies, Lecture Room
2101 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC

AGENDA

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
All workshop activities will take place in the Lecture Room unless otherwise noted.
1:00 Welcome and Overview of Workshop Objectives:
Jean-Lou Chameau, President, King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KAUST)
1:10 Opening Remarks
C. D. Mote, Jr., President, National Academy of Engineering
1:30 Session 1: The Educational and Career Pathways of Engineering Talent
Moderator: Rod Adkins, Senior Vice President, IBM
Presenters:
  • Donna Ginther, Professor, Department of Economics, University of Kansas
  • Shulamit Kahn, Professor, Department of Finance and Economics, School of Management, Boston University
Respondent: Julia Lane, Senior Managing Economist, American Institutes for Research
Presenter: Samantha Brunhaver, Assistant Professor, Arizona State University
Respondent: Nicole Smith, Research Fellow and Senior Economist, Georgetown University
3:15 BREAK
Suggested Citation:"Appendix F: Workshop Program." National Academy of Engineering. 2018. Understanding the Educational and Career Pathways of Engineers. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25284.
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3:45 Session 2: Recruiting and Employing Engineering Talent
Moderator: Sheri Sheppard, Associate Vice Provost for Graduate Education, Stanford University
Panelists:
  • Jeri L. Buchholz, Assistant Administrator for Human Capital Management, NASA
  • Dianne Chong, Vice President, Engineering, Operations & Technology, The Boeing Company
  • David Nagel, Executive Vice President Emeritus, BP
Framing Questions:
  • Where and how do employers in different industries or sectors recruit engineering talent? Are employer recruiting and career development practices changing for engineering talent? If so, how?
  • How is engineering talent used within different industries or sectors?
  • How well do skills and knowledge of new engineering talent match the skill/knowledge needs of employers?
  • How are missing or new workplace skills/knowledge acquired by new hires and by employed engineering talent over time?
  • Are career advancement pathways for engineering talent within different industries and sectors changing?
4:45 Session 3: Educating and Providing Career Services to Engineering Talent
Moderator: Gary S. May, Dean, College of Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
Panelists:
  • Constance J. Pritchard, President, The Pritchard Group/National Career Development Association
  • Darryll Pines, Farvardin Professor and Dean, Clark School of Engineering, University of Maryland
  • Michael McKenzie, Managing Director, Career Learning and Experience, Center for Career Services, George Washington University
Framing Questions:
  • Where are engineering graduates finding jobs? What industries/companies and other employers recruit from your institution?
  • How, if at all, have the occupational opportunities and choices of engineering graduates changed over the past decade? How well aligned are these opportunities aligned with the expectations of students and parents?
  • What career identification/placement and related services are institutions of higher education and others provide engineering students and how have these services evolved in recent years?
  • What impact, if any, have changing occupational opportunities and choices for engineering graduates had on the undergraduate engineering education experience—curricular and extra-curricular?
6:00-8:00 PM Working Reception in the Great Hall

Thursday, November 20, 2014

8:00 Breakfast available in East Court, Outside the Lecture Room
8:30 Recap of Day 1 Major Themes/Issues
Jean-Lou Chameau, President, King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KAUST)
Rod Adkins, Senior Vice President, IBM
Suggested Citation:"Appendix F: Workshop Program." National Academy of Engineering. 2018. Understanding the Educational and Career Pathways of Engineers. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25284.
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8:45 Session 4: Factors Influencing the Educational and Career Decisions of Degreed and Practicing Engineers
Moderator:Nadya A. Fouad, Professor and Department Chair, Department of Educational Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Presenters:
  • Sylvia Hurtado, Director, Higher Education Research Institute, UCLA
  • Kevin Eagan, Researcher, Higher Education Research Institute, UCLA
Panelists:
  • Steven Brown, Professor, Counseling Psychology Program, Loyola University Chicago
  • Andrew Gillen, Senior Researcher, Education Program, American Institutes for Research
  • Amy Javernick-Will, Assistant Professor, Construction Engineering & Management Program, University of Colorado
Framing Questions:
  • What factor or factors most explain BS engineering graduates’ choice of occupation (engineering, engineering-related, and non-engineering-related), and how do these factors and their influence change over time?
  • Are these factors the same as or different than those influencing the entrance of non-engineering-degreed workers into the engineering workforce?
  • Are those with engineering degrees choosing willingly or being diverted unwillingly to engineering-related and non-engineering-related work?
  • How if at all does the specific engineering discipline influence or align with occupational choice and career development?
10:15 BREAK
10:45 Session 5: Implications of Current Educational and Career Pathways of Engineering Talent for Engineering Educators, Employers, and Other Stakeholders
Moderator: Jennifer Hunt, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Microeconomic Analysis, US Department of Treasury
Panelists:
  • Larry Bucciarelli, Emeritus Professor of Engineering and Technology Studies, MIT
  • David Knight, Assistant Professor of Engineering Education, Virginia Tech
  • Hal Salzman, Professor and Senior Faculty Fellow, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University
11:55 Session 6: Innovative approaches to data-gathering and analysis to support decision-making by students/parents, educators, employers, and state and federal governments concerning engineering talent and careers
Moderator: Richard K. Miller, President, Franklin W. Olin College
Presenters:
  • Isabel Cardenas-Navia, Founder, Alta Vision Consulting
  • Jason Owen-Smith, Barger Leadership Institute Professor of Organizational Studies and Professor of Sociology, University of Michigan
12:55 Introduction to Working Group Sessions
Eric Ducharme, Vice President, Global Technology, General Electric Company (invited)
1:00 Working Group Sessions & Lunch
Lunch will be picked up in East Court, Outside the Lecture Room
Suggested Citation:"Appendix F: Workshop Program." National Academy of Engineering. 2018. Understanding the Educational and Career Pathways of Engineers. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25284.
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3:00 BREAK
3:15 Session 7: Reconvene and Reports of Working Groups and General Discussion
Moderator: Eric Ducharme, Vice President, Global Technology, General Electric Company
4:30 Closing Remarks: Key Workshop Take-Aways
Jean-Lou Chameau, President, King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KAUST)
Rod Adkins, Senior Vice President, IBM
5:00 Adjournment of Workshop
Suggested Citation:"Appendix F: Workshop Program." National Academy of Engineering. 2018. Understanding the Educational and Career Pathways of Engineers. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25284.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix F: Workshop Program." National Academy of Engineering. 2018. Understanding the Educational and Career Pathways of Engineers. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25284.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix F: Workshop Program." National Academy of Engineering. 2018. Understanding the Educational and Career Pathways of Engineers. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25284.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix F: Workshop Program." National Academy of Engineering. 2018. Understanding the Educational and Career Pathways of Engineers. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25284.
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Engineering skills and knowledge are foundational to technological innovation and development that drive long-term economic growth and help solve societal challenges. Therefore, to ensure national competitiveness and quality of life it is important to understand and to continuously adapt and improve the educational and career pathways of engineers in the United States. To gather this understanding it is necessary to study the people with the engineering skills and knowledge as well as the evolving system of institutions, policies, markets, people, and other resources that together prepare, deploy, and replenish the nation’s engineering workforce.

This report explores the characteristics and career choices of engineering graduates, particularly those with a BS or MS degree, who constitute the vast majority of degreed engineers, as well as the characteristics of those with non-engineering degrees who are employed as engineers in the United States. It provides insight into their educational and career pathways and related decision making, the forces that influence their decisions, and the implications for major elements of engineering education-to-workforce pathways.

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