Colleen Spiegel

Colleen Spiegel

Lead Scientist
Catalent Pharma Solutions
Clearwater, FL, United States
Colleen Spiegel
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I have twelve years of experience in engineering, scientific study, research, statistics, and writing for many companies as a consultant, employee, and independent business owner. My consulting and work experience include mathematical modeling, scientific and engineering research studies, process engineering, and technical and scientific writing. Some of the companies that I have worked with in the past as a consultant or contractor include Draper Laboratory, BCC Research, Lynntech, McGraw-Hill, Elsevier Science, and Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies. I had my own company for about 5 years called Clean Fuel Cell Energy. We manufactured several products primarily for Universities around the world. The products included fuel cell stacks, fuel cell materials (electrodes), and microbial fuel cell materials. I have authored several titles including 'Designing and Building Fuel Cells' (McGraw-Hill, 2007) and 'PEM Fuel Cell Modeling and Simulation Using MATLAB'(Elsevier Science, 2008). When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my son and husband. I also enjoy writing, and have recently aquired a new writing hobby - blogging. I write about various engineering topics on my blog

My education includes a B.S. in Chemical Engineering, M.S. in Chemical Engineering, and Ph.D. Electrical Engineering. My thesis and dissertation focused on mathematical modeling (heat transfer, mass tranfer, kinetics,and thermodynamics).
  • I am willing to be contacted by educators for possible speaking engagements in schools or in after school programs or summer camps.
Answers by Dr. Colleen Spiegel

Thank you very much for posting a question, and sorry about the slow response. I really appreciate that you think that my work is amazing! You are lucky that you are thinking about being an engineer at such a young age! Good for you!

When I was 11 years old -- I had no idea what I wanted to be -- and I did not even know what an engineer was. I think that you can do what I have done -- and more. You just have to keep focused on your goals, and do not let anyone try to convince you to do anything otherwise. There are always plenty of people who are "naysayers" for various reasons -- but don't you believe them. I still encounter "naysayers" everyday -- so they never go away (no matter how much you accomplish). The best thing that you can do is to create a strong belief in yourself and your capabilities. There will always be people who are smarter or more talented than you in something that you are not -- but do not let this get to you. Keep your goals and your dreams in mind! I am sure that one day you will be helping a young person who also wants to be an engineer.