Seetha Raghavan

Seetha Raghavan

Title
Aerospace/Aeronautical Engineer
Organization
University of Central Florida
Location
Orlando, FL, United States
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Biography
Seetha Raghavan is an Assistant Professor with research interests in aerospace structures and materials. She works with her students to engineer materials as sensors to monitor structural integrity and studies high temperature coatings used in jet engine turbine blades. She has had 7 years of experience in the aerospace industry where she was a senior engineer involved in Aircraft structural analysis, Aircraft maintenance, Repair & modifications as well as research and development in Non-destructive structural testing.
  • I am willing to be contacted by educators for possible speaking engagements in schools or in after school programs or summer camps.
  • I am willing to serve as a sponsor or coach for an engineering club or team.
  • I am willing to serve as science fair judge or other temporary volunteer at a local school.
Answers by Dr Seetha Raghavan

Dear Sydney,

First of all I must congratulate you on two things: making goals and coming up with a plan to realize it. This is amazing! You have the makings of a successful design engineer and a great leader and all of this in the 7th grade.

Building robots is an excellent way to learn about design engineering.
There are also good resources to learn about opportunities for design engineers on the NASA website and the
website for the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Askpolaris is an AIAA website that has resources for future aerospace engineers like you.
Look out for design competitions at your local area or through the nearby universities.

Design engineers are very good at working in teams since they have to work with people from various engineering disciplines to make the project successful. If you are involved in any projects where you work in a group setting in school, that's good training for the future.

Good luck!

Seetha

Dear Kavitha, 

I am glad you’re interested in Engineering and in Aerospace Engineering – I think it’s an amazing field and most of us who are part of it have so much passion for the science and technology of flight. From Sally Ride, the first US woman to fly to space to Marta Bohn-Meyer, a chief engineer in NASA and the first woman crewmember to fly in the SR-71, there are so many excellent women aerospace engineers who have inspired us all. It has only been a little more than a 100 years since we achieved flight and we have come so far, imagine where we will be in the next 100 years and we need people who are excited about the field to bring us forward to meet the engineering challenges.

The best part about Aerospace Engineering is that it involves the expertise of many different kinds of engineers like Mechanical, Electrical, Industrial and more. I myself did my undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering while taking senior level Aerospace classes because we did not have an Aerospace engineering department in my hometown. I then worked to find opportunities to do my masters and PhD in Aerospace Engineering elsewhere. What you need is passion for the field and the drive to excel. You will eventually find your way to what interests you the most and you will be successful in it!