nasaIf space is the final frontier, today’s engineering students want to be a part of exploring it, according to a new survey.

Universum has released its annual rankings of employers by undergraduate engineering students in the US, and the results are clear: NASA is still a top draw for America’s rising engineering talent, even as the space agency faces an uncertain future in the post-Shuttle era.

Tech and aerospace companies round out the rest of the top 5, with Google, Boeing, Apple and Microsoft taking the second through fifth slots. Amazon didn’t crack the top 20, and sits at 28th place, behind Oregon-based Nike in 27th.

To determine their rankings, Universum asked engineering students a number of questions regarding their career expectations, and what employers they would like to work for. Those results are designed to give an idea of what companies the students perceive to be their ideal employers.

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  • cfo

    Living in the Seattle area, I know a lot of folks from each of these companies. I’ve always been surprised at how, almost without exception, people dislike working at Microsoft.

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