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American Society for Engineering EducationJANUARY 2008Volume 17 | Number 5 PRISM HOMETABLE OF CONTENTSBACK ISSUES
FEATURES
COVER STORY: Game of Chance - TO STAY COMPETITIVE, AMERICA NEEDS A LEADER COMMITTED TO MAKING SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY A PRIORITY, EDUCATORS SAY. BUT NONE OF THE 2008 CANDIDATES OFFERS A SURE BET.  - BY JEFFREY SELINGO- BY JEFFREY SELINGO
FEATURE: Extreme Learning - CAR BOMBS, TSUNAMI SHELTERS, SPACE ROBOTS—UNIVERSITY LABS ARE MAKING THE STUDY OF ENGINEERING EVER MORE REAL. WHO WOULDN’T GET DRAWN IN WITH HANDS-ON PROJECTS LIKE THESE?   - BY MARY LORD
FEATURE: Too Little Respect - BRITISH ENGINEERS, ONCE THE PRIDE OF AN EMPIRE, ARE TYPECAST BY THE PUBLIC AND RARELY REACH THE EXECUTIVE SUITE. EDUCATORS EXPLORE CURRICULUM CHANGES TO GIVE THE PROFESSION A BOOST.   - BY THOMAS K. GROSE

DEPARTMENTS
COMMENTS
BRIEFINGS
DATABYTES
REFRACTIONS: Changing Study Habits - BY HENRY PETROSKI
CLASSIFIEDS
INTERACTIVE SKILLS: An Engineering Necessity – BY DR. LEE HARRISBERGER
LAST WORD: A Friend, Indeed - BY JAY BANERJEE

TEACHING TOOLBOX
TEACHING TOOLBOX: Fast and Curious - OFFER STUDENTS THE CHANCE TO WORK ON DESIGN WITH A LEGENDARY SPORTS CAR MAKER, AND THEY’LL SIGN UP—A GRAN VELOCITÀ.  - BY PIERRE HOME-DOUGLAS
TEACHING TOOLBOX: ON THE SHELF: Terrible Twins - BY ROBIN TATU
TEACHING TOOLBOX: JEE SELECTS: It’s About More Than Numbers - BY MAURA BORREGO


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DATABYTES: High Achievers - COMPILED BY MICHAEL GIBBONS - Data source: American Society for Engineering Education - INFOGRAPHIC ILLUSTRATION BY I-SHAN CHEN  


Undergraduate engineering enrollment increased steadily from 1999 to 2003, reaching a high of over 375,000 full-time students. After a 2 percent decline over the two succeeding years, enrollment rebounded to 373,074 in the fall of 2006. A large part of this recovery was due to the 5 percent increase of freshmen from 2005 to 2006. Mechanical engineering supplanted electrical/computer engineering as the largest discipline. Mechanical engineering enrollment increased by 25 percent since 1999, while electrical/computer engineering decreased by 18 percent. Women make up just 17.4 percent of undergraduate engineering students. This share has declined in recent years after growing to over 20 percent in 1999.

Data source: American Society for Engineering Education. More data can be found online at www.asee.org/colleges.



Undergraduate Enrollment by Engineering Discipline*
1. Mechanical 80,288
2. Electrical/Computer 75,302
3. Civil 44,389
4.Other 36,503
5. Computer Science (inside engineering) 27,062
6. Chemical 23,455
7. Engineering (General) 17,011
8. Aerospace 15,945
9. Biomedical 15,411
10. Industrial/Manufacturing 12,970
11. Architectural 3,986
12. Metallurgical & Materials 3,862
13. Eng. Science & Eng. Physics 3,533
14. Agricultural 3,038
15. Petroleum 2,814
16. Environmental Engineering 2,270
17. Civil/Environmental 1,790
18. Nuclear 1,667
19. Engineering Management 1,014
20. Mining 764
*Enrollment is for full-time bachelor’s degree candidates in engineering.

Data source: American Society for Engineering Education. More data can be found online at
www.asee.org/colleges.



Undergraduate Enrollment by Ethnicity and Gender
ETHNICITY MALE ENROLLMENT FEMALE ENROLLMENT
African American 15,367 5,392
Asian American 31,494 8,333
Hispanic 25,776 7,557
Native American 1,821 462
Caucasian 195,454 35,273
Foreign National 15,504 3,708
Other 22,663 4,270
Total 308,079 64,995
* Includes 5,866 male and 2,632 female enrolled students from schools in Puerto Rico. Enrollment is for full-time bachelor's degree candidates in engineering.

Data source: American Society for Engineering Education. More data can be found online at
www.asee.org/colleges.



Schools with the highest total of undergraduate engineering students*
1. Georgia Institute of Technology 7,203
2. Texas A&M University 6,544
3. Purdue University 6,281
4. Pennsylvania State University 5,831
5. North Carolina State University 5,823
6. Univ. of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign 5,597
7. Virginia Tech 5,483
8. California Poly. State Univ., SLO 5,150
9. University of Texas, Austin 5,047
10. University of Michigan 4,912
11. Univ. of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez 4,692
12. Iowa State University 4,611
13. University of Florida 4,573
14. Ohio State University 4,362
15. University of Central Florida 4,250
16. California State Poly. U., Pomona 3,973
17. Arizona State University 3,843
18. University of California, San Diego 3,820
19. Polytechnic Univ. of Puerto Rico 3,806
20. Drexel University 3,425
21. University of Missouri, Rolla 3,404
22. University of Minnesota, Twin Cities 3,383
23. Michigan Technological University 3,187
24. University of Wisconsin, Madison 3,179
25. Clemson University 3,159
* Some schools do not permit formal enrollment in their engineering colleges until the second or third year. Enrollment is full-time plus part-time students.

Data source: American Society for Engineering Education. More data can be found online at
www.asee.org/colleges.



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