Jennifer Polivka
Jennifer Polivka
Test Engineer, Nike
Portland, OR

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    PostedWednesday, June 7, 2017 at 10:36 AM
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I was formally introduced to the field of Materials Science and Engineering when I was a senior in high school. At that point I knew it was the field that I wanted to spend my life working in. Studying Materials Science and Engineering in college provided numerous experience opportunities, whether that be conducting research, performing various tests, or traveling to conventions, competitions, and lectures. My job at Nike is amazing and fits perfectly with what I thought I wanted to be doing all along. Everything is hands-on and a great mix of cutting edge technology and thorough scientific experimentation. I am thankful to have a job which allows me to continue learning about materials and materials applications, something I look forward to each and every day.
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  • I am willing to be interviewed by interested students via email.
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Latest Questions
  • Mary asked Jennifer Polivka, Nike

    Added Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 6:16 PM

    Hi Jennifer! I am currently an exercise science major in my 3rd year. I have just realized my path and that I want to combine my biomechanics background with my love for fashion and yearn to innovate in performance wear. I may not be a conventional candidate, so would I stand out or would I be cast to the side?
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  • Maerone Alfa asked Jennifer Polivka, Nike

    Added Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 4:04 PM

    My dream school is the University of Pittsburgh, but I'm afraid that because it's not a big name university known for attracting the best and brightest (like the Ivies), my application might get overlooked. And which major would you recommend to steer clear of a desk job: BioMech Eng or MS Eng? I want to be working with the human interaction with the designs the sporting good company creates.
    Related to Bioengineering/Biomedical, Choosing a Degree, Choosing a School, Materials, Mechanical
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    Answered Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at 4:50 PM
    When I look at resumes, the school that he or she attended has very little difference in how the resume is perceived. Like I barely notice beyond whether it's one that I know someone from or if it's in a town I've been to.  I tend to be more concerned ...
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  • Kathleen asked Jennifer Polivka, Nike

    Added Thursday, February 1, 2018 at 4:38 PM

    Currently, I am a junior mechanical engineering student and am working towards finding a job/internship/co-op dealing with fashion design. I want to apply my engineering and creative design skills and I believe Nike would be a great place to pitch some of my ideas. In the past, I have taken a fashion and design class, material science class, and am currently in a material selection course which directly relate to working in this industry but I also know how to relate my thermodynamics, fluid ...
    Related to Internships & Jobs, Mechanical, Merging Fields, Special fields and Interdisciplinary
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    Answered Friday, February 9, 2018 at 1:54 PM
    I would say: Keep looking for those internships and co-ops!  Work experience, even if it's peripheral from the fashion design + engineering that you are talking about, is worthwhile.  The past work experiences that my peers and I have had is SUPER broad ...
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