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These days, seemingly every conversation about the future of engineering includes an apocryphal story about an engineer who advises his children to find another line of work because engineering has no future. The investigation into the career path of engineers grew out of similar concerns, especially about women in engineering. Members of the Corporate Partnership Council of the Society of Women Engineers were concerned about retaining women in the field. In 2005, the council decided to fund a survey to look at engineers' experiences in the workforce after they had graduated from college, including whether they had remained in engineering or not. The survey questions asked about general workplace experiences, such as the size and industry of employer, impressions about the connections between work and engineering school, post-graduation educational experiences, and satisfaction with workplace. The survey data show that there was not much difference in women's and men's retention in engineering when looking at new graduates.

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Lisa Frehill
Mechanical Engineering; Jan 2010; 132, 1; Docstoc
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