Carly Jackson
Ms Carly Jackson
Project Engineer, EnergySolutions
Columbia, SC
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April 5, 2011 Her job: Project Engineer, EnergySolutions

Describe what you do in your current work situation?
I design liquid radwaste processing systems and ancillary equipment that is used for packaging, processing and remote handling of spent media used in processing of liquids.
Why did you choose engineering?
A couple engineers came and talked to my class in the 4th grade about specialty ceramics used to encapsulate nuclear waste. From then on, I was set in what I'd do.
Where did you go to school and what degree(s) do you have?
University of South Carolina, class of 2006, Bachelors of Science (cum laude) Chemical Engineering
What kinds of activities have typically been part of your work?
Design, fabrication, testing, installation, commissioning, operation and decommissioning.
What do you like best about being an engineer?
Each project presents unique challenges and obstacles to overcome. I also get to travel the world.
Which of your career accomplishments are you proudest of?
Designing a system that will be installed and used in the UK.
What challenges have you met and conquered in your pursuit of an engineering career?
You have to work for each contract that you win, proving that your design and your equipment are not only worth the price but also superior to the other options.
Please tell us a little about your family.
I have two dogs, Viva, a little chihuahua, and Grizzly, a hound dog that goes running with me. My parents and an older sister live in Augusta, where I grew up.
What are your short-term (1-2 years) and long-term (10+ years) goals?
Short-term I'd like to continue to provide capable, quality systems to the nuclear power industry. Eventually, I would like to take a 3-5 yr post with the International Atomic Energy Association (IAEA) with a focus on commercial power and low- and intermediate-level radioactive waste.
What (or who) had/has the greatest influence on your life choices?
My dad
What advice would you give to a young woman considering a career in engineering?
Keep working. It isn't easy for anyone and don't expect that it should be easy for you. If something is worth doing, do it well and excel.
Describe something about your life outside of work: your hobbies, or perhaps a favorite book.
I have run three full marathons, six half marathons and a handful of sprint triathlons. I enjoy being outside and enjoying the weather.
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  • Jacqueline, Bridgeport

    Added Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 9:25 PM

    Hello! I have a project where I need to research nuclear engineering. I was wondering if I could bother you with a few questions. Thank you! 1) What school do you think is the best to get a bachelor degree in Nuclear Engineering? 2) What advice would you give to aspiring Nuclear Engineers, especially when in college? 3) Do you believe Nuclear Engineers will be in demand in the future? 4) Where do you believe is the best place for a Nuclear Engineer to work, as of now (Like state, or ...
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    Carly Jackson, EnergySolutions
    Answered Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 9:25 PM

    1) According to US News and World Report, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is best. A large number of major schools have bachelors and/or masters programs so your options are great. If you want to narrow it down to a geographic area or a ...

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  • Hayley, Organization/City

    Added Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at 11:10 PM

    Hello! I am going to be a high school senior this year and the pressure of deciding on a college major has really pushed me to research different engineering careers. The two I am most interested in are Industrial and Nuclear. I have the organization and efficiency-minded abilities to do Industrial, but I also read that job opportunity isn't very promising. And I love the idea of nuclear because it is such an amazing power source that isn't being used for it's full potential. However, many ...
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    Carly Jackson, EnergySolutions
    Answered Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at 11:10 PM

    My advice would be to go for chemical engineering (although to be up front and honest, I am a chemical engineer). Nuclear engineering is a very specialized field and does not cover the whole spectrum of a nuclear site; it focuses on the reactor. A ...

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  • Abigail , Storm Lake, Iowa asked Carly Jackson, EnergySolutions

    Added Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    Hi, my name is Abigail and I am currently in 9th grade. I am in the pursuit of becoming an engineer; chemical engineering and environmental engineering interest me the most. Although engineering is appealing to me, but I have very many questions. What courses should I take in high school to help prepare myself? How long should I go to college for this occupation, and do I need a licence? If I do become an engineer, what would my weekly and daily work schedule look like? I am a very family ...
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    Carly Jackson, EnergySolutions
    Answered Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at 10:04 PM
    You can definitely have a great family life while being an engineer. You're young now and there is plenty of time to change your mind about which specific field to go in to; for now focus on taking math and science courses that you enjoy. I took ...Read More
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