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Industrial Engineer Engineering and Management Solutions at Work

May 2014    |    Volume: 46    |    Number: 5

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Systems Engineering by Ricardo Valerdi

Industrial Engineer's quarterly column about systems engineering (May 2014)

Doctoral research in systems engineering

The rapid growth of graduate programs in systems engineering has led to more doctoral students pursuing research. This evolution is a positive indicator of the maturity of the systems engineering profession because more Ph.D.s with the right preparation can have an impact in a variety of ways. My experience has shown that about 50 percent of those who graduate with a Ph.D. in systems engineering work in industry or government, while 25 percent work in consulting and 25 percent work in academia. I would imagine industrial engineering graduates pursue similar career paths.


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