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‘What’s to keep you from dropping out?’ — Student Immigration into and within Engineering

Abstract Nearly one-half of the industrial engineering undergraduate interviewees in an investigation of their degree program indicated they previously had been enrolled in another major. Understanding why these students chose to remain in or enter a science, technology, engineering and … Continue reading

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Is Transfer Credit a Strategy for Success or a Prescription for Failure?

Abstract Identifying the factors contributing to successful completion of an engineering degree at a predominately white, research institution by under-represented and under-served minority students is one goal of the {name deleted for anonymity}. Additionally, we seek to differentiate the strategies … Continue reading

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Social Science Research in Engineering Education: Lessons Learned

Abstract Although it is possible for engineers to read social science literature and adapt the methods to educational research on their own, this is similar to having an electrical engineer muddle through a chemical engineering problem rather than working with … Continue reading

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Learning the Structure of Retention Data using Bayesian Networks

Abstract We introduce a novel approach to examining retention data by learning Bayesian Networks automatically from survey data administered to minority students in the College of Engineering at the University of Oklahoma. Bayesian networks provide a human readable model of … Continue reading

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Hard But Not Too Hard: Challenging Courses and Engineering Students

Abstract Some professors claim college students seek the easy way out and prefer classes that lack challenge. In a multidisciplinary and multi-institutional ethnographic research study of the attainment of gender parity in an engineering department, it emerged that student attitudes … Continue reading

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How to function in and with a collaborative, multi-disciplinary, cross-epistemology research team!

Abstract One of the most challenging aspects of the conceptualization and creation of the paper “’I Wish that I Belonged More in this Whole Engineering Group:’ Achieving Individual Diversity,” for all the authors, was negotiating common space and language in … Continue reading

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‘I wish that I belonged more in this whole engineering group:’ Achieving individual diversity – personal reflection

One of the challenges of this research was to find ways to allow Inez’s voice to be heard without identifying her as our participant. The uniqueness that made Inez worthy of a case study made it difficult to conceal her … Continue reading

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Academic Struggles and Strategies: How Minority Students Persist

Abstract Insufficient progress has been made on advancing the representation of minorities in engineering professions. Our research seeks to identify characteristics and experiences that distinguish successful URM students in order to understand the complex relationships that affect a student’s choices … Continue reading

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Achieving Parity of the Sexes at the Undergraduate Level: A Study of Success

Abstract Most research about women in engineering focuses on reasons for their under-representation. In contrast, we capitalized on an opportunity to study success: the School of Industrial Engineering at the University of Oklahoma had organically achieved parity of the sexes … Continue reading

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Collaborating on a case study: Data analysis

The primary data for this paper was generated from a single interview of a multi-minority female engineering student at a predominantly white, four year institution of higher education. Inez’s particular story was so evocative multiple team members were independently moved … Continue reading

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‘I Wish that I Belonged More in this Whole Engineering Group:’ Achieving Individual Diversity.

Abstract Engineers need a breadth of experience to enrich the gene pool of ideas from which elegant engineering solutions can be drawn, called “individual diversity.” While performing large ethnograph-ic research studies where hundreds of engineering students were interviewed, we interviewed … Continue reading

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A Multi-Institutional Study of Student Perceptions of Industrial Engineering

Abstract In a previous paper [1], we described students’ perceptions of industrial engineering (IE) as a field, but that analysis was based on 26 interviewees from only one institution. In this paper, we expand that set to 117 students at … Continue reading

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I Wish Someone Would Have Told Me: Undergraduate Engineering Students Offer Advice to Incoming Students

Abstract Under the aegis of investigating an undergraduate engineering program’s successful achievement of gender parity, 200 undergraduate engineering and physics majors were interviewed (232 total interviews). Near the end of the conversations, students were asked what advice they would offer … Continue reading

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‘Getting an Internship…I’m Still Trying to Find That,’ Asian-American Student Experiences Obtaining Engineering Internships

Abstract Internships can provide engineering students with financial support, practical experience, and motivation to complete degrees. The qualities employers seek in interns go beyond high grade point averages to include participation in campus organizations and technical societies, as well as … Continue reading

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Industrial Engineering Student Perceptions of Computer Science, Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering

Abstract An opportunity to view three disciplines from an outsider’s perspective has provided some interesting insights. During a NSF funded (HRD-0225228) study of the surprising attainment of gender parity in the School of Industrial Engineering at the University of Oklahoma … Continue reading

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Industrial Engineering: Why Students Come and What Makes Them Stay?

Abstract The relative anonymity of industrial engineering may be a significant reason for the slow growth of the discipline and the relatively low enrollment in industrial engineering academic programs. In order to inform industrial engineering (IE) degree programs of factors … Continue reading

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A Study of Gender Parity: Department Culture from the Students’ Perspective.

Abstract The School of Industrial Engineering (IE) at the University of Oklahoma (OU) has an unusual trend of gender parity at the undergraduate level. To investigate local factors contributing to the success of IE at OU, we interviewed 41 IE … Continue reading

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The Contribution of Office-Hours-Type Interactions to Female Student Satisfaction with the Educational Experience in Engineering.

Abstract Recent literature includes discussion about many female students’ need for a personal type of a professional, professor-student relationship to feel connected to the course and to a major.1,2 Our research builds on these findings to emphasize the importance of … Continue reading

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Balancing on the Tightrope: Maintaining Gender Parity in a Successful Undergraduate Engineering Program

Harris, B. J., S. E. Walden, D. A. Trytten, R. L. Shehab, T. R. Rhoads and T. J. Murphy (2005). Balancing on the Tightrope: Maintaining Gender Parity in a Successful Undergraduate Engineering Program. WEPAN/NAMEPA National Conference, Las Vegas, NV.

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‘Inviteful’ Engineering: Student Perceptions of Industrial Engineering

Abstract Interviews of twenty-six Industrial Engineering students and graduates were conducted during the first year of a three year study of the unexpected attainment of gender parity in the School of Industrial Engineering at the University of Oklahoma (OU). An … Continue reading

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Gender Equity in Industrial Engineering: A Pilot Study

Abstract We report on findings from a pilot study focused on the Industrial Engineering Department at University of Oklahoma where gender equity has been achieved. The study identifies factors that may contribute to gender parity in engineering and science fields. … Continue reading

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Impact of Departmental Sovereignty and Faculty Autonomy on Service Classes for Engineering Majors

Abstract In the context of a study in which we used a semi-structured protocol to interview engineering majors, we discovered issues related to technical courses that are taught by departments outside of a student’s major department. We have categorized these … Continue reading

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The Importance of Community in Building Diversity

Murphy, T. J. (2003). The Importance of Community in Building Diversity. Mathematicians and Education Reform Forum Newsletter: Special Issue on Increasing the Diversity of Students in Mathematics. 15: 2-5.

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