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My husband has a EE PhD. He had his job offer during the IRPS conference. People do look out for potential employees and conduct job interviews there. He presented at every conference. The comments given to him was that he was a very clear and steady presenter especially for Q&A. My husband worked for three years before going back for PhD though so he already has job experience in international business negotiations and handling vendors.

 

IRPS link http://irps.org

 

Our alma mater is not even a US university but the USCIS recognizes the PhD without issue and my husband did filed patents while working here. He had colleagues from Stanford, MIT, UT Austin, RPI as well as overseas universities. His field is semiconductors though and that’s what his PhD research was on. They recently interviewed a PhD guy from Caltech and he didn’t make it past the first round of peer interviews. So school name might get you an interview but not the job.

 

ETA:

Our alma mater is ABET accredited/recognized under the Washington Accord just to be clear.

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For someone targeting industry,

 

(1) Look for a spot in a city that's big for the targeted industry

 

(2) The better funding is worth more than the pedigree potential. Academia is much more hung up on pedigree than industry.

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If he wants to go into industry, rather than academia, do the different schools have a different focus?  I don't know about EE, but I know in some other disciplines, some schools are very focused on placing graduates in academia.  Their courses are geared to that and the advisors want that--and many in industry know that and do not aggressively hire at those schools.  I would not be so focused on a pure academic rank, but I would be more focused on which schools place people in industry jobs like he wants.  

 

At the third school, what happens if the advisor does not get tenure?  What happens if the advisor decides to leave the school?  

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Don't pick a grad school for exactly one person. But, if this guy has funding to make generous offers to his grad students, that speaks well for tenure chances. Departments don't like to deny tenure to profs who are bringing in funding unless there is something really wrong.

 

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