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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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‘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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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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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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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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