Demystifying the Engineering Ph.D. - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128015933

Demystifying the Engineering Ph.D.

1st Edition

Authors: Monica Cox
Paperback ISBN: 9780128015933
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st November 2019
Page Count: 208
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Demystifying the Engineering Ph.D. explores what it means to be an engineering Ph.D. holder, including insights from engineering professionals working in academia and industry across multiple institute types and companies. Topics covered include motivations for obtaining a Ph.D., the added value of a Ph.D., and career options for Ph.D. holders. The book concludes with recommendations for transforming engineering doctoral education to preparing doctoral students for diverse careers in industry and academia.

Key Features

  • Helps readers gain insights into diverse engineering work environments and explores ways to transition across engineering sectors and careers
  • Presents real-world experiences of engineering Ph.D.'s working in academia, industry, government and other non-traditional areas
  • Discusses how to communicate your work to a variety of audiences


Graduate students, early career researchers, faculty advisors, university administrators, practitioners, and policymakers in the Engineering and broader STEM fields as well as career/guidance counsellors in secondary schools and colleges/universities

Table of Contents

PART I- Why Obtain an Engineering Ph.D.?
1. Motivation for Obtaining the Ph.D.
2. The Added Value of the Ph.D.

Part II- What Do Engineering Ph.D. Holders Do?
3. Industry
4. Academia
5. Government
6. Other Sectors

Part III- What Are the Expectations of Engineering Ph.D. Holders?
7. Generation
8. Conservation
9. Transformation

Part IV- Engineering Doctoral Preparation and Recommendations
10. Negative and Positive Aspects of Engineering Ph.D. Preparation
11. Recommendations and Future Work


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About the Author

Monica Cox

• PECASE – 2008 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers • NSF CAREER Award (Faculty Early Career Development) • 2008 Diverse: Issues In Higher Education magazine “Emerging Scholar.” • VaNTH Engineering Research Center Student Leadership Council Chairperson (2001-2005) • First African-American female engineering faculty member hired at Purdue University • Since 2005, she has worked with teams of multidisciplinary researchers to earn over $10 million in research funding from the NSF with approximately $1.4 million as principal investigator. She has written ~ 80 scholarly publications and has given invited talks about her experiences and research in the U.S. and in Mexico.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor, School of Engineering Education, Purdue University, IN, USA

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