Simil Raghavan
Simil Raghavan
Associate Program Officer, National Academy of Engineering
Washington, DC

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Biography

Simil Raghavan is a program officer with the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). She manages both the EngineerGirl website and the Online Ethics Center (OEC) for Engineering and Science. She received her Ph.D in biomedical engineering from Johns Hopkins University in 2008, where her thesis focused on neural and vocal plasticity as a result of deafness in primates.  Simil took a varied path into science and engineering and began her career at the NAE as a Mirzayan fellow in 2007. She grew up on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and spent her childhood learning about farm animals and life on the prairie. She was an avid student who loved math and science, but she had little exposure to engineering and very little idea what careers were possible. After high school she expected to be a teacher and spent three years working in an elementary school before going to college. Once in college she explored several undergraduate majors including social work and Spanish language before discovering engineering in her junior year.  Once she made the switch to an engineering major she found an immediate fit and became passionate about improving education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) particularly for under-represented groups and those who may not normally consider a technical career.

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    Added Monday, November 26, 2012 at 2:35 PM

    I am currently pursuing a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering. I intend to pursue a PhD in Applied Sciences, particularly in quantum electronics. What are my chances of getting into a program in Applied Sciences with a background in Electrical Engineering? Is it a good idea to switch fields from engineering to Physics at this stage?
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    Jennifer Bernhard, University of Illinois
    Answered Monday, November 26, 2012 at 2:35 PM

     Dear Farah,

       It is best to find a field and topic of study that you love, so if that means going to a different program to do that, then that is what you should do. I know that there are several programs around the country in ...

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  • Vinoth, India

    Added Friday, November 2, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    Hi i've completed Bachelor Degree-Civil in India, and now am currently working as a Site engineer in UAE.. my question is Design, estimating or site engineer in which path I can get quick increment & posting? I have knowledge for this three divisions also But i have some commutation problem. But can you suggest any one division and tell me how can i develop my skills in that line. Thanks & Regards, Vinoth
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    Folake Akintayo, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, NIGERIA
    Answered Friday, November 2, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    Dear Vinoth,
    A site engineer gets quicker increment and posting than a design engineer and an estimator. This is because design works and estimating are components of her duties. A  site engineer must however be dynamic and highly mobile. Due ...

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