472508 A Required, Non-Credit Professional Development Seminar Series for Chemical Engineering
The seminar series also serves to show students the types of careers and opportunities that will be available to them as practicing chemical engineers. In addition to the external speakers from industry, government, or academia, we also have special seminars each semester that feature such topics as undergraduate research, career development, engineering ethics, AIChE and related activities, and National Engineering Week. The seminar also serves as a common time to get all class years and faculty together in one place which helps to build a strong sense of belonging and camaraderie in our department, even among the first-year students. For the faculty, this series provides a continuous source of information about current industrial practice and directions. Finally, the series helps to build and maintain relationships between alumni and the department.
This talk will provide a larger overview of this seminar series and document its assessment and outcomes. We will present data including historical attendance records, course evaluations and survey results. Discussion will include how we evaluate the success of professional development opportunities for our students as well as what would be involved in setting up a similar program at other institutions.
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