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1 The U.VA. School of Engineering and Applied Science Center for Engineering Career Development 2014 Career Development Report

2 Using the UVa Engineering Viz Lab to Explore the Night Sky For more information, visit the Center for Engineering Career Development online at or us at

3 A Note from Our Director Th e Ce n t e r f o r En g i n e e r i n g Ca r e e r De v e l o p m e n t is pleased to share with you our 2014 annual report. This report summarizes our career development activities for the academic year and reports first destination information for the Class of 2014 in the School of Engineering and Applied Science. The mission of Engineering Career Development is to directly serve engineering students through professional career advising and to provide activities and resources that are significant to their professional development. Our graduates consistently achieve success in securing full-time employment or graduate school acceptance upon graduation. In addition to serving students, Engineering Career Development endeavors to build relationships with hiring organizations and institutions of higher education to assist in connecting with top talent within the School of Engineering. We offer our sincere thanks to the many organizations that offered career opportunities to those students electing to enter the work force and to the many outstanding universities that admitted those students wishing to pursue graduate programs. We look forward to continuing to facilitate connections and to expand the academic and career opportunities for our students. Sincerely, Julia Lapan Director, Center for Engineering Career Development

4 Table of Contents About the School of Engineering and Applied Science First Destination Highlights... 5 Top Resources Leading to Employment... 7 Top Industry Sectors... 7 Decision Factors for Acceptance of Offer... 8 Analysis of Graduate School Acceptance... 9 On-Grounds Interview Activity The UVa Engineer Contacts...Back 3

5 About the School of Engineering and Applied Science A Brief Look At SEAS The School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) is the second largest school at the University of Virginia. The is the second highest ranked public national university according to the US News and World Report s recent annual listing of the top 50 universities for the 8th consecutive year. The Graduate School of Engineering and Applied Science is ranked 38th and is identified as a top tier/key-recruiting source by many of the top 100 Fortune 500 companies. Our Students The engineering school prides itself in developing well-rounded students destined to become the leaders of tomorrow. Our students are professionally oriented with rich and diverse backgrounds. 31% of our students are women and 29% self identify as a member of a minority group. The average SAT score of our entering first-year students is Their education at the is broad, technically strong, with an understanding of technology s role in society, coupled with outstanding communication skills. The school grants over 654 undergraduate degrees, and over 222 graduate degrees per year. The School The degree of Bachelor of Science is granted in ten majors. Undergraduates may select one of eight minors. SEAS offers programs leading to the degrees of Master of Science and Master of Engineering, as well as the Doctor of Philosophy degree in ten curricula. Interdisciplinary research is carried out through forty-five research centers, laboratories, and consortia. All curricula are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The professional engineering programs are accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), the accepted national agency for accrediting curricula in engineering. The school has thirty-one student organizations. 4

6 First Destination Highlights 67% of undergraduate students in the Class of 2014 reported their postgraduate status Of that 67% 75% have reported full-time employment 16% reported graduate school acceptance 3% reported still seeking employment as of Fall 2014 Top Employers for Undergraduate Class of 2014 A growing number of government and private sector firms in fields ranging from information technology consulting and computer software systems design to manufacturing and finance offer career opportunities to School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) graduates each year. Top employers reported by the graduating class of 2014 include: Accenture Booz Allen Hamilton Capital One Clark Construction Deloitte Google Microsoft United States Air Force 5

7 Base Salary Analysis by Major and Degree: Class of 2014 According to an article from CNN Money, 43 of the 100 best jobs in America are engineering jobs. Our students benefit from a comprehensive education that enables them to become leaders in engineering, industry, government and countless other arenas. Consistently out-performing the national averages for starting salaries, U.Va. School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) graduates are not only technically skilled they are strong critical thinkers, analytical problem solvers and articulate communicators. Through hands-on internships, independent research and design projects, and innovative programmatic opportunities, like the engineering business minor and an emerging entrepreneurship concentration, our students develop the ability to manage a project from start to finish, preparing them for success in any field. But don t take our word for it look at the numbers! In nearly every category, 2014 U.Va. Engineering graduates are earning significantly higher salaries right from the start than their cohorts across the nation. The MEDIAN salary for the class of 2014 was $65,000. Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Engineering Majors SEAS Average National Average* Aerospace Engineering $66,533 $63,429 Engineering $64,808 $57,319 Chemical Engineering $68,059 $68,061 Civil Engineering $56,187 $54,656 Computer Engineering $79,747 $68,053 Computer Science $78,716 $66,801 Electrical Engineering $67,519 $68,778 Engineering Science $57,770 $60,584 Mechanical Engineering $65,304 $63,555 Systems Engineering $67,845 $59,278 Overall Average $67,815 $64,891** *As determined by the National Association of Colleges and Employers in its Spring 2015 issue of Salary Survey ** This figure does not include computer science majors. 6

8 Other 20 Top Resources Leading to Employment Employer Info Session 16 Social Media 17 UVa Alumni 19 Summer Job 31 Print or Web Classifieds 35 UVa Alumni Employer Info Session Social Media 3% 3% Other 3% Professor 36 CAVLink Job Posting 38 Family or Friend 61 On Grounds Interviews 90 Career Fairs 101 Internship 154 Internship 25% 3% 5% Summer Job 6% Print or Web Classifieds 6% Professor 6% Career Fairs 16% 10% CAVLink Job Posting 15% On Grounds Interviews Family or Friend * Includes all survey respondents (BS, MS,PhD) Top Industry Sectors Consulting Services 74 Computer Science 53 Engineering Services 43 Energy Manufacturing and Materials Information Technology Consulting Services 74 Computer Science 53 Engineering Services 43 Energy 20 Manufacturing and Materials 17 Information Technology: IT Services 17 Defense Contractor 15 Aerospace and Aviation 12 Academic/Education 11 Military Service 10 Government (state, local, federal) 10 and BioTechnology 10 Defense Contractor 15 Aerospace and Aviation 12 Academic/Education 11 Military Service 10 Government (state, local, federal) 10 and BioTechnology 10 7

9 Decision Factors for Acceptance of Offer Content of the job/work 255 Opportunities for career advancement 159 Salary and benefits package 153 Believe the organization values my skills 130 Geographic location (climate, population, etc.) Opportunity to apply academic skills Quality of my work colleagues Other 14 Commit 49 Quality 68 Quality 74 Opport 77 Geogra 128 Believe 130 Salary 153 Opport 159 Content 255 Quality of work-life balance 68 Commitment to the organization s! mission and culture 49 Other 14 8

10 Analysis of Graduate School Acceptance* Degree Sought Number Accepted Graduate Schools Majors Being Sought Masters 35 Boston University Cornell Institut Superieur de l Aeronautique et de l Espace George Washington University Stanford University University of Maryland Wake Forest University Auburn University University of Texas at Austin Stanford University University of Michigan University of Michigan Stanford University Michigan Tech Syracuse University University of California San Diego University of Maryland University of Southern California Aerospace Aerospace Aerospace Aerospace Business Business Business and Systems Engineering (dual degree) Civil Civil Civil Civil Computer Engineering Computer Science Electrical Electrical Intercollegiate Athletics Administration Materials Science Mechanical Mechanical Mechanical Nanoengineering Natural Sciences/Math/ Computer Science Public Health Public Policy Software Engineering Systems MD 6 New York University George Washington University Georgetown University Virginia Commonwealth University Medicine Ph.D. 21 University of California San Diego University of Kansas Boston University University of Michigan University of Washington Duke University University of Notre Dame Vanderbilt University University of California Santa Barbara Georgia Institute of Technology University of California Riverside University of Pittsburgh Cornell University Cornell University Massachusetts Institute of Technology University of California Berkeley Duke University University of Tennessee North Carolina State University Northwestern University Universität Mannheim J.D. 1 George Mason University Law Aerospace Informatics Chemical Chemical Chemical Chemical Computational Biology & Medicine Computer Science Computer Science Electrical Electrical Energy Science and Engineering Material Science Materials Science Social or Behavioral Sciences Social or Behavioral Sciences *as reported by the undergraduate class of

11 On-Grounds Interview Activity Interviews by Class Year The UVa Engineer Smart. Ethical. Analytical. Technically astute. Communicative. Diverse. Class of Class of Class of Class of There were 1791 interviews conducted on Grounds. Over 210 employers participated in these interviews. We also had 154 unique companies participate in the fall career fair and 84 unique companies participate in the spring fair. Class of Class of Class of Class of Classes of 2016, 2015 and 2014 Fields of Study Majors Undergraduates (Year) Graduate Students 2nd 3rd 4th Declared Totals Aerospace Engineering MS Ph.D. Engineering Chemical Engineering Civil Engineering Computer Engineering Computer Science (BS)* Engineering Electrical Engineering Engineering Physics 1 12 Engineering Science Materials Science Engineering Mechanical Engineering Systems Engineering *Does not include BA Total , First Year Class Women 31% High School Rank 95% in top 10% of class SAT Mean 1420 Applications offers 632 accepted Minor Undergraduates with business minor 30% Undergraduates with other minors 20% 10

12 Center for Engineering Career Development Phone Julia Lapan, Director Frances Hersey, Associate Director Peggy J. Reed, Employer Relations Manager Heather Palmer, Assistant Director Bobbe Nixon, Director of Corporate Outreach Engineering and Chemical Engineering Fax Website Center for Engineering Career Development School of Engineering & Applied Science 351 McCormick Road, Thornton Hall A115 PO Box Charlottesville, VA 22904

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