Future Engineering Faculty and Professionals Workshop Series

Welcome to the Future Engineering Faculty and Professionals (FEFP) Workshops information page. The FEFP workshop series is hosted by the College of Engineering Office of Graduate Education. Please use the information provided on this website to learn more about FEFP and how to prepare for a workshop.

Why You Should Attend

FEFP workshops are a series of career-themed sessions designed specifically for students pursuing advanced degrees in engineering. Each workshop aims to help participants better understand a particular career path, learn best ways to gain experience, plan critical milestones for development, and work with mentors to become a competitive candidate for a particular career field. The FEFP workshops complement other professional development programs offered on campus focused on graduate student professional development.

Who should attend?

  • Master’s students
  • Doctoral students
  • Professional education students
  • Post-doctorates

Workshop Themes

FEFP workshops cover six topics:

  • Engineering Professorship at a Research I University
  • Engineering Professorship at an Institution Focused on Undergraduate Education and Teaching
  • Post-doc Positions
  • Industry
  • Government Agencies or National Laboratories*
  • Mentoring Graduate Students

*Limited career options may be available for participants who are not US citizens or Permanent Residents.

Fall 2021 Schedule

What to Expect


Starting with Fall 2020, the FEFP workshops are being held online and recorded for those who are unable to watch them in real-time. The FEFP series consists of six workshop themes (see above).  In each workshop, the panelists give a short introduction, but most of the time is devoted to answering students’ questions from the registration surveys and through Zoom chat. The Q&A format makes each session unique and allows participants to guide the conversation. Please come prepared with your questions.


The panel provides insights on experiences you should have as a graduate student or post-doc to prepare for a career in one of the aforementioned areas and offers tips on making yourself a more competitive candidate. Panelists typically are engineers holding a Ph.D. with substantial experience evaluating and/or hiring applicants with graduate degrees in engineering. We try our very best to select panelists who have diverse backgrounds and professional experiences.

How to Gain the Most from an FEFP Workshop

  1. Have some knowledge of the career path you are interested in pursuing. For example, read an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education about finding the right post-doc position. This will help you ask more valuable questions.
  2. Write down 2 – 3 questions that you would like answered during the workshop. Ask your questions and listen to the answer if someone else has asked your question.
  3. Take notes. Don’t rely on your memory.
  4. After the workshop, discuss what you learned with friends and colleagues to get additional insight.
  5. Discuss what you learned with your faculty advisor or a mentor and outline a professional development plan.