Sheri Sheppard — Panel

Event Date: April 26, 2019
Speaker: Sheri Sheppard
Speaker Affiliation: DRC Professor in the School of Engineering, Mechanical Engineering Stanford University
Sponsor: Engineering Education
Time: 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Location: Herman & Heddy Kurz Atrium, ARMS
Contact Name: Marsha Freeland
Contact Phone: +1 765 49-45341
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School or Program: College of Engineering
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First Steps and Giant Leaps: Smoothing the transition from undergraduate degree to engineering career

Prospective engineers are promised an opportunity to realize tangible improvements in the lives of others through design. Yet many recent engineering graduates report difficulty in connecting their college aspirations with early career trajectories. How can we better prepare engineers in undergraduate study and early career experiences to clarify direction, increase satisfaction, and deliver the promise of engineers making a difference for society?

Four experts in STEM workforce development, engineering education, and career pathways of engineers will discuss the latest research on engineers’ transitions from education to careers.


  • Donna Riley, Kamyar Haghighi Head of the School of Engineering Education


  • Sheri Sheppard, Richard Weiland Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University 

  • Edward Berger, Associate Professor, School of Engineering Education and Mechanical Engineering

  • Joyce Main, Assistant Professor, School of Engineering Education

  • Tim Luzader, Executive Director, Purdue Center for Career Opportunities


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