Do Engineers Need Empathy? Study reveals that today’s U.S. engineering grads lack compassion

A study from Rice University finds that engineering students are less concerned about the welfare of others after graduating college than they were when they entered.


The author, Erin Cech, an assistant professor of sociology at the Houston school with a degree in electrical engineering, surveyed 300 students from four U.S. engineering schools before they started their degree program and again after they graduated. Both times they were asked to rate the importance of matters that show compassion, such as wanting to improve society, being active in their communities, and helping those in need.


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She found that compassion for

others declined after students

completed their studies. 

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By MONICA ROZENFELD