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. FEFP workshops complement other professional development programs offered on campus.
Who should attend?
- Master’s students
- Doctoral students
- Professional education students
FEFP workshops cover 4 career paths:
- Engineering Professorship at a Research I University
- Engineering Professorship at an Institution Focused on Undergraduate Education and Teaching
- Government Agencies or National Laboratories*
*Limited career options may be available for participants that are not US citizens or residents.
Spring 2014 Schedule
"Engineering Across Cultures"
- Thursday, January 30, 2014; 11:30am-1:00pm
- Location: Stewart Center (STEW) Room 310
- Registration is now closed.
- Engineering Across Cultures PPT
About this workshop
Working across countries and cultures is increasingly a necessity for engineers, regardless of whether they pursue careers in industry or the academy. This interactive workshop is designed to introduce engineers to foundational concepts and strategies needed to enhance their global competency and mobility. The content is organized around two key topics: 1) Engineering Cultures, a conceptual framework that improves the ability of participants to identify and understand national and regional differences in what it means to practice as a technical professional, and 2) Problem Solving with People, a participant observation strategy that enables professionals to systematically identify, understand, and negotiate the kinds of conflicting perspectives that often arise when diverse groups of people come together to solve problems.
About the Workshop Facilitator
Brent Jesiek is an Assistant Professor with joint appointment in Purdue’s School of Engineering Education and School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He has been teaching and doing research in the area of global engineering for more than ten years, and frequently leads workshops on global competency and related topics. He also serves as an Associate Director of Purdue’s Global Engineering Program (GEP), and regularly teaches both undergraduate courses in First-Year Engineering and graduate seminars in Engineering Education.
“Be a Competitive Candidate: Engineering Careers in Industry”
- Tuesday, February 4, 2014; Session I 11:30am-1:00pm or Session II 2:30pm-4:00pm
- Location: Stewart Center (STEW) Room 314
- Registration now closed.
"Be a Competitive Candidate: Engineering Careers in Industry"
- Tuesday, February 18, 2014; Session I 11:30am-1:00pm or Session II 2:30pm-4:00pm
- Location: Stewart Center (STEW) Room 202
- Register here.
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
- 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.
- 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.
- Take notes. Don’t rely on your memory.
- After the workshop, discuss what you learned with friends and colleagues to get additional insight.
- Discuss what you learned with your faculty advisor or a mentor and outline a professional development plan.
FEFP FAQ Sheets
- FAQ Sheet: Engineering Professorship at Research I University
- FAQ Sheet: Engineering Professorship at an Institution Focused on Undergraduate Education and Teaching
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!