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 Graduate Programs. 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 four 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 4 career paths:

  • Engineering Professorship at a Research I University
  • Engineering Professorship at an Institution Focused on Undergraduate Education and Teaching
  • Industry
  • Government Agencies or National Laboratories*

*Limited career options may be available for participants that are not US citizens or residents.

Fall 2015 Schedule

  • “Be a Competitive Candidate: Professorship at Teaching Focused Institutions”

  • “Be a Competitive Candidate: Professorship at Research I Universities” Tuesday, November 10, 2015, at STEW 306

  • "Engineering Across Cultures" November 19, 2015 at Purdue Graduate Student in 105AB (PGSC 105AB).

Additional Information:
Please visit the College of Engineering Graduate Programs website and look under the “Professional Development” section for more information about the Future Engineering Faculty and Professionals workshops and supporting professional development materials:


Spring 2016 Schedule

  • “Be a Competitive Candidate: Perspectives from New Faculty”, Thursday, March 10, 2016, at PGSC 105AB
  • “Be a Competitive Candidate: Careers at Government Agencies or National Laboratories”, Thursday, March 24, 2016, at PGSC 105AB

What to Expect


The FEFP series consists of four workshop themes (see above). Two sessions of each workshop are offered. In each session the panelists give a short introduction, but most of the time is devoted to answering students’ questions. 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 four aforementioned areas and offers tips on making yourself a more competitive candidate. Panelists are all engineers holding a PhD 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.


Each workshop is offered at two times: Session I, 11:30am – 1:00pm; and Session II, 2:30pm -4:00pm.


Yes, we provide refreshments for each workshop!

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.



We would like to thank all of the graduate students, engineering professional education students, and post-doctoral fellows who participated in the 2012-2013 FEFP pilot year. Your generous feedback has been used, and it enabled us to improve the FEFP workshop for future participants!