Demystifying the Engineering Ph.D. explores what it means to be an engineering Ph.D. holder, including insights from engineering professionals working in academia and industry across multiple institute types and companies. Topics covered include motivations for obtaining a Ph.D., the added value of a Ph.D., and career options for Ph.D. holders. The book concludes with recommendations for transforming engineering doctoral education to preparing doctoral students for diverse careers in industry and academia.
- Helps readers gain insights into diverse engineering work environments and explores ways to transition across engineering sectors and careers
- Presents real-world experiences of engineering Ph.D.'s working in academia, industry, government and other non-traditional areas
- Discusses how to communicate your work to a variety of audiences
Part I- Why Obtain an Engineering Ph.D.? 1. Motivation for Obtaining the Ph.D. 2. The Added Value of the Ph.D.
Part II- What Do Engineering Ph.D. Holders Do? 3. Industry 4. Academia 5. Government 6. Other Sectors
Part III- What Are the Expectations of Engineering Ph.D. Holders? 7. Generation 8. Conservation 9. Transformation
Part IV- Engineering Doctoral Preparation and Recommendations 10. Negative and Positive Aspects of Engineering Ph.D. Preparation 11. Recommendations and Future Work
Monica F. Cox, Ph.D., grew up an only child in a rural southeast Alabama community, where she was raised by her educator parents to persist in the face of personal and professional adversity. She earned degrees in mathematics (Spelman College), industrial engineering (University of Alabama), and leadership and policy studies (Vanderbilt University) debt free and interned at NASA as she pursued her degrees. As a child, she dreamed of traveling to the places she read about, using science to make life better, and entering politics to change the world. Her inquisitive nature contributes to her passion for educating others and sharing what she has learned via her experiences.
She is a Professor and Inaugural Chair of the Department of Engineering Education at The Ohio State University. She is also the Director of the International Institute of Engineering Education Assessment (i2e2a) and the CEO of STEMinent LLC, a company that houses educational assessment, professional development, and media offerings. In 2011, she became the first African American female to earn tenure in the College of Engineering at Purdue University. Her research focuses on the use of mixed methodologies to explore significant research questions in undergraduate, graduate, and professional engineering education; to explore issues of intersectionality among women, particularly Women of Color (WOC) in engineering; and to develop, disseminate, and commercialize reliable and valid assessment tools for use in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. Dr. Cox has led and collaborated on multidisciplinary projects totaling approximately $16 million, and she has authored over 130 publications.