Theses and Dissertations

Author

Erin Stirgus

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University

Advisor

Jaradat, Ra'ed

Committee Member

Ma, Junfeng

Committee Member

Hamilton, Michael A.

Date of Degree

5-3-2019

Original embargo terms

Worldwide

Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access

Major

Industrial and Systems Engineering

Degree Name

Master of Science

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D)

College

James Worth Bagley College of Engineering

College

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Department

Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

Department

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Abstract

The current workforce climate has naturally led the way for wanting more systemic thinking individuals. This increasing complexity demands that universities train engineering students to be able to handle such difficulties amidst the interconnectedness of the world. This study aims to aid in understanding what will help the future leaders of the world become more equipped to handle these global and complex systems. College engineering students were the target population of this study. It was found that neither gender, educational level, grade point average, nor having an internship or co-op helped aid students to have higher systems thinking skills. However, employment status was found to affect the systems thinking skills scores. Laying the foundation for understanding engineering students’ ability to be more or less holistic thinkers, this research aims to help evolve engineering education.

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