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Work in progress : flexibility and career opportunity as motivation for women selecting industrial engineering majors

conference contribution
posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by C Brawner, S Frillman, S Lord, Matthew OhlandMatthew Ohland
This work in progress explores qualitativelywhy women choose to major in industrial engineeringand remain there. Through two focus groups withundergraduate women industrial engineering majors atan historically black university and a predominantlywhite institution, we found these primary themes. 1)Students chose their institution for its reputation. 2)Students chose to major in industrial engineeringbecause they believed it a) was less technical and morelike business, b) had a wide range of job opportunitiesand c) offered the chance to work more with people. 3)Students remained in their major because of the caringand passionate faculty in their departments. Future workwill seek to confirm these findings at an additionalinstitution and explore in more depth the similarities anddifferences among institutions.

Funding

Other

History

Start Page

4

End Page

1

Number of Pages

3

Start Date

01/01/2010

eISSN

0190-5848

ISBN-13

9781424462612

Location

Arlington, VA, USA

Publisher

IEEE

Place of Publication

Piscataway, NJ

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Purdue University; Research Triangle Educational Consultants; University of San Diego;

Era Eligible

Yes

Name of Conference

Frontiers in Education Conference