WASHINGTON, DC: According to data from the National Science Foundation and a report by Doug Lederman of Inside Higher Ed, the number of research doctorates granted in the United States dropped three percent from 2009 to 2010. A decline was seen in a number of engineering fields, including Industrial/Manufacturing, with 214 doctorates granted in 2010 compared with 252 in 2009. For comparison, 221 were granted in 2005 and 176 in 2000. Aeronautical, civil and mechanical engineering also saw declines while chemical, materials science, electrical engineering and computer science saw increases. The ISE Department at the University of Florida has averaged graduating 9.4 doctoral students over the past five years.