Entries in "Career Development" ( for this category only)

Ohio Science and Engineering Alliance (OSEA) Academic Year Research Internship

Case students, SOURCE encourages underrepresented minority students in the STEM (sciences, technology, engineering, math) fields to apply for an Ohio Science and Engineering Alliance (OSEA) Academic Year Research Internship. Please complete an application before September 25 on the OSEA Web site. Contact sheila.pedigo@case.edu (Nord Hall, 304D) for questions and to pick up a supplemental Case application for the OSEA program.

[VIA: Case Daily, September 14, 2006]

Technology and Engineering Career Fair in Cleveland

Meet with local, regional and national hi-tech companies that are looking for candidates with hi-tech and engineering backgrounds.

Mark your calendars for the upcoming Technology & Engineering Career Fair sponsored by the Cleveland Engineering Society, DICE.com job board, and NEOSA!

October 31, 2006
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Holiday Inn Cleveland-Independence
6001 Rockside Rd.
Independence, OH 44131
More information and registration online.

SOURCE Seminar for Students

Sheila Pedigo, director of the Support of Undergraduate Research & Creative Endeavors (SOURCE), is presenting a student seminar, "Finding Research & Creative Endeavor Opportunities in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields and Social Sciences." Join her at 5:30 p.m. on September 6 in Nord Hall, Room 304 conference room. Please RSVP via e-mail to source@case.edu.

[VIA: Case Daily - September 01, 2006]

ICIS Jobs - Coming Soon

ICIS jobs is now available.

ICIS jobs will be available soon, with searchable chemicals jobs and careers information.

ICIS is an information provider for the chemical and oil industry.

Typical Engineering Day

Working Hard for Their Money by Elizabeth M. Taurasi (Design News, July 17, 2006) sumarizes the results of the annual Design News salary survey. Some highlights include:

  • Engineers earned an average of $73,000 last year
  • Majority received a 3% increase over last year
  • 83% of those surveyed stayed in the same job
  • Engineers are working 46 hours per week
  • More than 40% have a bachelor's degree in engineering
See the full article for more highlights and discussion, including what skills are needed to get ahead.

(VIA: Curious Cat Science and Engineering Blog, July 24, 2006)

Cleveland Engineering Society

The Cleveland Engineering Society (CES) is a professional organization that strives to be the leading society promoting and serving the needs of the region's technical community.

CES sponsors a wide variety of programs, seminars and tours to stimulate professional development. Professionals from varied disciplines explore the technologies and business management strategies of many different industries. Read more about CES...

Cleveland Engineering Society is committed to helping college students increase their access and contacts to professionals in the Northeast Ohio technical community. Among the benefits students receive:

  • Internship/co-op, job search contacts free resume posting on our web site and assistance in your job search
  • Networking with professional engineers at CES programs so you can talk with them in a neutral, comfortable environment and learn about companies, new developments and job opportunities in your field. See the Divisions/Committees and Upcoming Events pages to see what meetings and programs are of interest
  • Access to annual members-only CES corporate/student career mixer
  • E=mc² (Engineering a More Connected Community) Committee. Once a monthy this committee gets together to plan volunteer opportunities and meet for social and business networking. A number of CES student members are involved in E=mc² and build their credentials by volunteering for projects in area schools such as tutoring and tech support
  • Free/discounted rates to CES events and programs
  • Mentors in your field
  • All Society mailings including newsletter
  • Listing in the CES membership directory
  • Post resumes on Web site for free and get email notification of position and internship openings

Nanomedicine Lab Registry & Portal

The Nanomedicine Lab Registry was compiled from Medline abstracts containing specific nanomedicine keyphrases. It only includes laboratories with 5 or more publications. It uses a database of citation histories compiled from open source journal article reference lists and a major OCR (optical character recognition) campaign on their entire reference library. Labs are ranked according to the citation rate of each individual article. For articles where they do not have sufficient data or were too new to have citation data, they used historical citation data from the journal and the principal investigator. The registry currently ranks the top 382 laboratories, with Chad Mirkin's lab garnering the highest score. Pat Couvreur, Royce Murray, Dave Reinhoudt and Ralph Weissleder rounded out the top 5. Their intention with the registry is to help new graduate students and postdocs to find high impact laboratories. This information is probably interesting to the general public as well if they are interested in the most productive labs.

Related is the Nanomedicine and Nanobiology Research portal that includes recent high impact publications, recent nanomedicine jobs, recent nanomedicine news, top ranked nanomedicine scientists, nanomedicine links, featured nanomedicine books, and nanomedicine conferences.

The Lab Registry is maintained by Ion Channel Media Group, and it operates a number of life science portals. It is founded by J. Christian Hesketh, who is trained in classical biophysics in Canada.

Northern Ohio Energy Management Conference in Akron, Ohio

The Northern Ohio Energy Management Conference will be held at the John S. Knight Convention Center (Akron, Ohio) on October 3 and 4, 2006. It will include a tradeshow and workshops for professional development credit hours.

Examples of sessions include:

  • National Energy Policy and the Role of Manufacturing Plays in Promoting Effective Use of Our Energy Resources with John Egler, President & CEO of the National Associationof Manufacturers and former Governor of Michigan
  • Fuel Cells: Making Ohio Number One with Ken Alfred, Executive Director of the Ohio Fuel Cell Coalition
  • True Benefits of Hybrids and Alternative Fuel Vehicles

See the conference brochure (PDF) for more details.

This conference is sponsored by the Cleveland Engineering Society and MAGNET - Manufacturing Advocacy & Growth Network.

How Much Education for Engineering Grads?

Inside Higher Ed (July 28, 2006) explores the debate surrounding if engineering graduates should need a Masters degree like doctors or lawyers.

Do you think the engineering bachelor degree should be more like the pre-med or pre-law degrees? Are engineering graduates able to get into other fields with only a bachelor degree?

It does appear that evidence suggests a Masters degree does open more doors. But, do these Master's graduates also have professional work experience which we warp the results?

(VIA: Case Daily, July 28, 2006)

Too Many Engineering Graduates in the U.S.?

The Curious Cat Science and Engineering Blog (July 24, 2006) discussed an article by Paul Craig Roberts called Jobs Update: The Death of U.S. Engineering. Paul Craig Roberts pointed out that reports from Duke University that 30-40 percent of students in its master’s of engineering management program accept jobs outside the profession is an attack on the belief that U.S. is not producing enough engineering graduates. The Curious Cat Blog wonders if since the U.S. engineering graduates are highly paid and trained, if they have options to look at other careers to get more money or opportunities. Other words, there many not be extra engineering graduates, but that they are so highly trained that have more opportunities than other graduates.

I can say as a engineering librarian that originally received a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering the Curious Cat might be right on target. I was told over and over again by engineering faculty members that engineering graduates probably have the most options that any other graduate, because of the variety of skills learned.

I decided when I finished my degree that traditional engineering was not my cup of tea, but I loved the information of engineering. Before pursuing a Masters degree in Library and Information Science, I did apply for various engineering jobs. I had dozens of opportunities if I wanted to travel extensively or move from Northeast Ohio, but both of those options did not interest me. Locally, I had recruiters and others approaching me to work in business, high school teaching, and corporate libraries. I believe engineers are often plucked by other career fields due to their education and skills sets, and the switch occurs due to family, personal, or other reasons. As the Curious Cat, I do not believe the U.S. is producing too many engineers.

(VIA: Curious Cat Science and Engineering Blog, July 24, 2006)

Recruiting Engineers at Case

Caterpillar Inc., the world's leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines and industrial gas turbines, has selected Case as one of its "portfolio" schools for recruiting engineering graduates. This means that Caterpillar will now be actively recruiting Case graduates via the Case Career Center. For more information on Caterpillar Inc., visit http://www.cat.com. To find out more about the programs and services at the Case Career Center, visit http://studentaffairs.case.edu/careers/.

(VIA: Case Daily, July 28, 2006)


TryEngineering.org is a resource for students (ages 8-18), their parents, their teachers and their school counselors. This is a portal about engineering and engineering careers, and we hope it will help young people understand better what engineering means, and how an engineering career can be made part of their future.

[About TryEngineering.org]

Students will find here descriptions of the lifestyles and experiences of engineers, and on the different disciplines within engineering. We provide hands-on experiments and activities, referrals to summer programs and internship opportunities, and search tools for schools that offer engineering programs. Useful tips on course selection, applying to university programs and financial aid are included.

Students can also use this portal to send questions to engineering students in universities and to practicing engineers.

Parents and educators will find here, in addition, teaching resources, information about school accreditation, and description of plans, organizations and programs that can be of help in planning and preparing students to develop a future career in engineering.

This portal is brought to you by engineers and educators, and is a collaboration of engineering associations, industry, and teacher/counselor organizations. We all believe that engineering is an exciting and rewarding profession, and invite you to share in our enthusiasm about this rich and influential discipline.

Sponsors include:
  • IBM
  • IEEE
  • TryScience
  • Sloan Career Cornerstone Center
  • SAE International
  • JETS

Chemistry Between Women & Science

The Chronicle of Higher Education (Volume 52, Issue 38, Page A10, May 26, 2006), in an article called The Chemistry Between Women & Science, interviewed three women about their career paths and why so few women are in academic science careers.

(VIA: Quick Picks, May 29, 2006)

PROGRESS - Women Chemists and Chemical Engineers

PROGRESS is a three-year pilot project launched in 2002 by the American Chemical Society to develop, test, and evaluate 7 new programs aimed at facilitating the full participation and advancement of women chemists and chemical engineers. Its goals are to assist entry-level professionals find employment and guide and support early and mid-career professionals seeking advancement.

(VIA: Quick Picks, May 29, 2006)

National Institutes of Health: Office of Science Education

The Office of Science Education (OSE) coordinates science education activities at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and develops and sponsors science education projects in house. These programs serve elementary, secondary, and college students and teachers and the public. Users can explore the content by subject area, grade level, or format.

Students might find the career resources quite helpful when looking for an internship or job.

See About Us for more information.

(VIA: The Scout Report, Volume 12, Number 20, May 19, 2006)

Decrease in Computer Science Students?

From The Chronicle: Wired Campus Blog (April 3, 2006) comes information on the potential closing of the computer science department at Seattle Pacific University.

From The Seattle Times (SPU might shut down computer curriculum, April 3, 2006):

Enrollment in computer-science programs has dropped around the country since the dot-com bubble burst. But the U.S. Department of Labor predicts information technology will be among the biggest employment drivers over the next decade, and many colleges are anticipating an enrollment rebound.

America's Top Job: Software Engineer

The Chronicle of Higher Education: Wired Campus highlighted a Money Magazine and Salary.com ranking of "best jobs in america".

Some highlights:

  • #1 was Software Engineer
  • #2 was College Professor
  • #7 was Computer/IT Analyst
  • #15 was Medical Scientist
  • #16 was Physical Scientist
  • #17 was Engineer

Minority Degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering & Math

Increasing the Success of Minority Students in Science and Technology by the American Council on Education (ACE) on April, 3, 2006

African American and Hispanic students begin college interested in majoring in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields at rates similar to those of white and Asian-American students, and persist in these fields through their third year of study, but do not earn their bachelor’s degrees at the same rate as their peers, according to a new analysis conducted by the American Council on Education (ACE).
See full press release for more data.

(Originally shared on the Curious Cat Science & Engineering Blog on April, 21, 2006.)

[About ACE]

Founded in 1918, the American Council on Education (ACE) is the nation's unifying voice for higher education. ACE serves as a consensus leader on key higher education issues and seeks to influence public policy through advocacy, research, and program initiatives. See more at About ACE.

Science Magazine Offers RSS Feed

Science Magazine offers several RSS Feeds, including table of contents, "this week in Science", podcasts, and ScienceCareers.

Is there an Engineering Gap between U.S. & other Countries?

On December 13, 2005, Vivek Wadhwa wrote About That Engineering Gap...Is the U.S. really falling behind China and India in education? in BusinessWeek.

I recommend you read the reader comments at the bottom of the article, since they do point out some problems with Wadhwa's assumptions. The article still does bring up some real concerns about comparing degrees from country to country.

UPDATE ON 3/6/06:
Quality vs. Quantity in Engineering from Inside Higher Ed highlights a follow-up article by a couple of Duke researchers. The Duke authors, in Framing the Engineering Outsourcing Debate, point out several errors in the numbers that are constantly published in literature.

The Scientist - Careers

The Scientist magazine offers a Careers web site that includes job postings, resume postings, employer profiles, and various other tools.

For the CASE community:
The Health Center Library has a print subscription to The Scientist.

Science Career Portal

The Science magazine provides a career portal that includes various resources. ScienceCareers.org includes:

  • Job search engine
  • Funding information, such as a list of grants
  • Career development articles
  • Directory of events, meetings, & conferences

[About Science Careers]

ScienceCareers.org is dedicated to being the world leader in matching qualified scientists with jobs in industry, academia and government. We are committed to providing all the necessary career resources for scientists as well as effective recruiting solutions for employers. Our mission supports the AAAS's (American Association for the Advancement of Science) commitment to furthering careers in science and technology.

The Case community can access the Science magazine from the E-Journal Portal.

Blogging in Academia - Benefit or Risk to Your Job

From the It's All Good blog came a posting about an article in Slate called Attack of the Career-Killing Blogs - When Academics Post Online, Do they Risk Their Jobs? by Robert S. Boynton on November 16, 2005. The article highlights the various opinions on academic blogs, such as increasing Internet-awareness of a professor or university, increasing dialogue, lack of seriousness, harming an institution, and improving or harming a professor's chance for tenure.

An older article that might also be of interest, called Bloggers Need Not Apply by Ivan Tribble, appeared on July 8, 2005, in the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Engineering Salaries

Recently I have received several questions about engineering salaries, so I will summarize some of my findings here.

Lucrative Degrees for College Grads
April 19, 2005, CNN/Money
Data was presented from the National Association of Colleges and Employers, and a nice table highlights the starting salaries by degree for 2005 graduates.

Graduating Engineer & Computer Careers put out a list of average entry level salaries for graduates with engineering and computer Degrees, but the data appears to be from the late 1990's.

From the U.S. Department of Labor - Bureau of Labor Statistics, here is a table that contains the 2002 median annual earnings of various occupations, including various engineering professions.

The National Center for Education Statistics has put out several tables of annual salary information if you want to see how all of engineering compares to other degrees (Table 1 & Table 2).

On a related note, look at the U.S. Department of Labor - Bureau of Labor Statistics web page to see their description of an engineer and job outlook.

2005 Best Places To Work In Industry (Biobusiness)

The Scientist has issued an article the describes the best places to work in the biobusiness industry. The article lists the top 10 large and small companies. In addition, the article lists the top 10 factors people considered while surveyed for this article. The most important factor was the "work is personally satisfying." I am sure we all agree with that one.

See the full article for more information.

What Makes Someone Decide To Become An Engineer?

Thanks to John Dupuis (Confessions of a Science Librarian) for sharing this article about why people becomes engineers. From the March 2005 ASEE Prism, The Mechanics Of A Career - What Makes Someone Decide To Become An Engineer? highlights the stories of 6 engineering educators.