Thomas A. Grandine (Boeing Company) writes:
During the fall of 2013, SIAM canvassed its industrial members to get a better sense of the demographics and mood of this important segment of our membership. Of the 665 surveys sent out, 130 (19.5%) were returned, very close to the 20% target that is typical for surveys of this type. The results of that survey are available to read and digest. While the results of the survey were in many respects unsurprising, a few unexpected results did present themselves. Among the findings that startled me:
- Fully one third of all employers reimburse their employees for their SIAM membership. I had expected a much lower number and am very pleased to be wrong.
- Of survey respondents, fewer than 5% are women. This is considerably lower than for SIAM as a whole.
- Fewer than 10% of the respondents have published an article in a SIAM Journal in the past six years. I’m surprised that the number is so small. That said, I’m also part of the guilty majority.
- More than half our industrial members have not attended a SIAM conference in the past six years.
- Almost 80% of our industrial members have had no role in a SIAM conference presentation in those six years. (more…)