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johnr
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Re: WPI at #6
johnr   5/28/2014 6:50:45 PM
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Ha!  I used to have one of those shirts.  A woman came up to me in the grocery store after seeing my shirt and began carrying on about what a wonderful school MIT was.  I didn't have the heart to tell her she'd missed the whole point of the shirt!

WTGW?  THWG!

johnr
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Re: Definition of an engineering school
johnr   5/28/2014 6:48:24 PM
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Not in all cases.  For my school (Georgia Tech) the picture is ... well, I'm not sure where that picture was taken.  Probably somewhere in the northern part of the campus where a bunch of new buildings have been put up, long, long after I graduated.  If they'd wanted to use an iconic (and more appropriate picture) they would have used a photo of the Tech tower.  The picture they did use looks like some generic high-tech office park.

JimT@Future-Product-Innovations
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Re: Surprisingly low starting salaries
JimT@Future-Product-Innovations   5/22/2014 3:54:43 PM
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If you follow a sliding scale of everything 4x, you're right.  But much to our collective chagrin, salaries have never paralleled inflation. Altho' according to these top 15 universities, they pretty-much do! Pity the non-engineers at lesser schools to get the big salaries ,,,,,

On another note, I had expected the So.CA housing marketing to be staggering for my son (to your point, of ~$700k) but the housing crash of '08 has hit the area, and he is looking at 3 bedroom ranches in the $150's.  I was very (happily) surprised, for his opportunity !

LED MAC
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Where is Purdue?
LED MAC   5/21/2014 6:24:21 PM
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I'm suprised that Purdue University is not included in the list....perhaps the Boilermakers, despite being perennially listed in the top 10 ranked engineering schools, are producing more philanthropic engineers willing to improve society for less? Or, perhaps Purdue needs to include also some salary negotiation guidance to new grads! More likely, I think, is that Purdue graduates are too busy with their engineering work to respond to such frivolous surveys!   ;)

Pubudu
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Re: How about sorted by employment %
Pubudu   5/21/2014 12:39:52 PM
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Yes Uncreative and also combination of the percentage of employment and salary will give a better understanding. 

benmlee
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Re: Surprisingly low starting salaries
benmlee   5/21/2014 11:48:11 AM
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In 85', my mom bought a house in CA for $175k. Today, that same house would be about $700k with Chinese investors driving up the price. A house cost 4 times as much. Your 83' salary times 4 for now is about right. Gas back then was $1.15. Now is $4.20. Again, close to 4 times. Lunch at work use to be $3 in the 90's. Now is $7. With a drink is $9.

 

Elizabeth M
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Re: something else to factor in
Elizabeth M   5/21/2014 6:22:26 AM
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That's a good point, Pubudu. So there are likely a variety of factors affecting salaries, and what school's graduates do well. Still, I think some of the names on this list are surprising.

Tim
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Tim   5/20/2014 9:24:10 PM
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This is the data that high school guidance counselors need to show their graduating seniors. You seem to hear alot about how hard an engineering degree is versus a liberal arts degree and that seems to push away some potential candidates. Perhaps seeing the potential pot of gold would help to motivate some into the harder path.

Charles Murray
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Re: WPI at #6
Charles Murray   5/20/2014 5:40:06 PM
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Even though I didn't go to Georgia Tech, I like that T-shirt, rickgtoc. For years, I've heard schools call themselves "the Harvard of the West," and "the Harvard of the South," and "the Harvard of the Midwest," etc, etc, etc. Yours is better...and deserving. Georgia Tech's a great school.

JimT@Future-Product-Innovations
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Re: Surprisingly low starting salaries
JimT@Future-Product-Innovations   5/20/2014 5:38:16 PM
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Exactly.  Very Impressive.  My first salary out of Engineering school in '83 was $17,500.  Twenty years later, I was hiring fresh-outs in 2002 and couldn't believe HR was offering them close to $50,000.  I thought those numbers were staggering, and today's (10 more years later) are crossing the $60's !  A single guy could really live well on that!

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