Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Sullivan, Rani Warsi

Committee Member

Mohammadi-Aragh, M. Jean

Committee Member

Koenig, Keith

Date of Degree


Original embargo terms

MSU Only Indefinitely

Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Campus Access Only


Aerospace Engineering

Degree Name

Master of Science


James Worth Bagley College of Engineering


Department of Aerospace Engineering


Pre-collegiate engineering experiences are offered by many institutions and allow students to learn about engineering before committing to a college major. Program administrators often report that these pre-collegiate engineering experiences increase students’ motivation to pursue engineering degrees. While we know that these programs can encourage students to initially enroll in engineering, the lasting impact of these programs on engineering students is less clear. This investigation seeks to identify the factors that contribute to student success in engineering and inform future programs and curricula. A survey was developed and administered to aerospace engineering students to analyze the students’ self-reported background factors, engineering identity, and engineering self-efficacy. Student record information such as GPA, retention information, demographics, SAT/ACT scores, and initial major of study was acquired and analyzed with the self-reported data to determine significant measures of success. The results of this investigation can inform the design and implementation of pre-college engineering programs.