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  • Jasmine

    Added 6 days AGO

    Hello! I'm 17 and am currently in my senior year of high school. I have always been passionate in learning biology and engineering. Therefore, I thought BME was perfect for me. However, from recent research, I discovered that high school freshmen are discouraged to major in BME for our Bachelor's degree as BME is a very diverse field; learning things from various traditional engineering fields but not knowing enough to perform the job alone therefore companies tend to hire specialists from ...

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    Monique Frize, Carleton University and University of Ottawa
    Answered 3 days AGO

    It is true that there are two paths to becoming a biomedical engineer. One is to get a traditional degree (electrical or mechanical) and a Master's in biomedical. This is a more solid educational path, as you get to learn more of the engineering skills ...

  • Camille Sowells, CP&Y, Inc.
    Answered 6 days AGO
    There are so many types of engineering.  I would suggest focusing on which core engineering classes you do like (i.e. fluids, structures, etc.) or like best, and let that guide you toward which field of engineering is best for you.  
  • Asad Hameed Khan

    Added 7 days AGO

    I was hired by K-Electric and now I spend my time making presentations and reports for the department. I can't see anything technical in my job. I want to earn well but to earn well you have to learn well. I have financial constraints, so can't take expensive courses. Currently, I see no clear path to develop myself. I just want a specific career path. I have no one to guide. So, I don't know what should I do and what courses I should take.
    Answers 1
    Sandra Cruz-Pol, Professor
    Answered 6 days AGO
    Hi Asad, First thing i would try is to talk to your supervisor and explain her/him that even though you know how important your job is, you would like to explore other more technical openings within the company. Find out whether that company offers to ...
  • Megan Harrington, Blue Origin
    Answered 9 days AGO
    Hi Tatyana,
    
    There is no age limit to furthering education. I'm similarly interested in going back to school and am in my 30's. As long as you've got the drive to pursue it, there's no limit! I hope you consider pursuing the degree...and if you do it, ...
  • maliyah s. asked Barbara Nielsen, Freeport-McMoRan Inc.

    Added 13 days AGO

    i have to do an assignment for school, i'm a freshman in high school, please help!
    Answers 1
    Barbara Nielsen, Freeport-McMoRan Inc.
    Answered 11 days AGO
    Actually, I originally went to college on a basketball scholarship and it just happened to be a top rated engineering school and local.  At first I thought I wanted to go into Computer Science, but quickly changed my mind after taking an elective, ...
  • Kitty1996

    Added Sunday, December 31, 2017 at 8:14 PM

    Hi! I am a computer engineering student from philippines and expected to graduate this june 2018. I still have one remaining subject to be taken this incoming semester. I'm currently finding a part time job while i'm still studying. I'm very frustrated because I can't find a job that really suits my knowledge. Coz I think I'm not that good enough to be an engineer. But I'm willing to learn in order to grow. I'm really frustrated what should I do?
    Answers 1
    Yasmin Jawad, Ford Motor Company
    Answered 13 days AGO
    Hello,  
    
    First and foremost, you should be proud of yourself for getting this far and completing engineering school. Allow me to tell you that it is natural to feel this way when you graduate as it is the fear of the unknown.  Not having prior ...
  • kynnedi asked Aurelia Gooden, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

    Added Friday, October 6, 2017 at 10:08 AM

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    Aurelia Gooden, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
    Answered Monday, January 1, 2018 at 7:36 AM
    Hello.
    
    Thank you for your question. Yes, I enjoy my job as an engineer.
    
    A few years ago, things were difficult for women as engineers. There was not as much respect for our knowledge in the industry. Now, things are very different. There are ...
  • Paula , Troy High School asked Patricia Galloway, Pegasus Global Holdings, Inc.

    Added Sunday, November 13, 2016 at 9:12 PM

    Hi! I'm a junior in high school and I'm currently enrolled in my school's magnet program and because of it I have been able to take a class that is very much involved with engineering. Very often than not I find myself very confused and discouraged in this class. I know engineering is something I aspire to work in yet being surrounded by so many people that know what they're doing makes me lose that confidence I have in knowing I want to be and engineer. My question to you is : Have you ever ...
    Answers 1
    Patricia Galloway, Pegasus Global Holdings, Inc.
    Answered Friday, December 29, 2017 at 4:52 AM

    My sincerest apologies for being so late in responding to your question. This past year has been a bit challenging for me as I have had some personal family health issues and am entering the next phase of my own career as I will be stepping down as ...

  • Narmin, Azerbaijan/Baku asked Patricia Galloway, Pegasus Global Holdings, Inc.

    Added Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 1:06 AM

    hello, I like your way to encourage girls so i have a question. There is such countries that gender equality on engineering side is not sufficient yet. Although my country is developed but there is some issues on civil engineering side, even you are good at your job employers have stereotype for giving you a job, have you got any experience like that and I will be very glad if you advise me Thank you :)
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    Patricia Galloway, Pegasus Global Holdings, Inc.
    Answered Friday, December 29, 2017 at 4:51 AM
    Being in construction, I completely understand what you are experiencing. Women still today make up barely 10% of the engineering workforce in construction. My best advice to you is to believe in yourself and to have confidence in what you do. I would ...
  • Yosra, Egypt asked Patricia Galloway, Pegasus Global Holdings, Inc.

    Added Saturday, July 9, 2016 at 4:58 PM

    Hi :)) I'm graduated from faculty of engineering, department Construction and engineering management... But I spent 2 years not working in this field and now I wanna try it, but I almost forgot most of what I've learned. Do you think there's a chance for me out there? And what would you advise me? Thank you 😊
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    Patricia Galloway, Pegasus Global Holdings, Inc.
    Answered Friday, December 29, 2017 at 4:44 AM
    My sincerest apologies for being so late in responding to your question. This past year has been a bit challenging for me as I have had some personal family health issues and am entering the next phase of my own career as I will be stepping down as ...
  • Skyler , Indianapolis, IN asked Patricia Galloway, Pegasus Global Holdings, Inc.

    Added Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    Ms. Galloway, I am currently a engineer in training that works for a small water resources firm in Indianapolis, IN. I have an associates degree in Land Surveyingand a Bachelors degree in Civil Engineering. I am almost one year into my current position, but my development as a young engineer has not been the experience that I have anticipated. I believe I have been pro active in trying to take the lead on many projects and offering new ideas. Many of my ideas have not been implemented within ...
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    Patricia Galloway, Pegasus Global Holdings, Inc.
    Answered Friday, December 29, 2017 at 4:20 AM
    Skyler, you should never be afraid of trying new things or venturing out. Work should be fun and we should enjoy what we do each day. Ideas are always worth sharing and we must realize that not all our ideas may work or be accepted. However, I have grown ...
  • Basitah Amirah

    Added Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at 11:22 PM

    I am good at drawing and my hobby is creating comics. But my parents doesn't want me to be a cartoonist or an illustrator because of the salary. So I've been taking for 2 years to think about my future, and I've decided to be an engineer. Unfortunately, my grades are still low for mathematics and science. Would that be a problem for me to be an engineer? I still have 2 more years in high school so i wanted to know if i still have my chance to succeed. I want to have at least one successful ...
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    Patricia Galloway, Pegasus Global Holdings, Inc.
    Answered Thursday, December 28, 2017 at 8:35 AM

    Wow - you and I have similar backgrounds. When I was in high school my main focus was in humanities and I LOVED to draw and loved art. I was in the drama club and debate team and loved all aspects of the arts. I had no physics, chemistry, or calculus in ...

  • Gillian Montgomery, Buehler and Buehler Structural Engineers
    Answered Thursday, December 28, 2017 at 6:39 AM
    It was critical for me to obtain a masters degree.  Specifically to structural engineering, most BS programs are for Civil Engineering where you can take a few structural specific electives but not many. I obtained most of background and knowledge in ...
  • Mariam

    Added Monday, December 25, 2017 at 6:35 PM

    I want to become a Physician Assistant but want a back up as well so I figured engineering is the best path out there!
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    Marjolein van der Meulen, Cornell University
    Answered Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at 3:42 AM

    Engineering is indeed a really good career path, but the preparation is different than biology. Whether you could major in biology with a bioengineering minor and get a job as a bioengineer depends on specifics. Engineering coursework requires a fair ...

  • C P

    Added Thursday, December 21, 2017 at 7:20 PM

    Hi, I am 30 years old with a full time job, and 3 kids (2 of which are under 2yrs old), I have not gone to school since HS and I am considering going to school for civil engineering, I was good at math in HS but I am nervous to start college and wondering if its even a possibility to pursue school in this field while maintaining a full time job and taking care of my family?! I have spoken with my spouse and I could do a part time job if needed but I am wondering if any of you were in a similar ...
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    Kristy Rasbach, General Motors
    Answered Saturday, December 23, 2017 at 4:53 AM
    First of all, I admire your desire to continue your education in a field that you have interest!  Good for you!  I think it's perfectly normal to be apprehensive when considering a big decision like this.  Sure, managing a family, work, and college ...
  • Shubhi Asthana, IBM Research, Almaden
    Answered Friday, December 22, 2017 at 2:33 PM
    Hi Katie,
    I am not aware of any portals for Mechanical engineers as I do not belong to that stream of work. However I would recommend posting job descriptions on websites like LinkedIn and Indeed as many people search through those sites. 
    Good ...
  • clive asked Priscilla Bennett, Spire / Laclede Gas Company

    Added Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 8:11 AM

    Answers 1
    Priscilla Bennett, Spire / Laclede Gas Company
    Answered Friday, December 22, 2017 at 10:02 AM
    I am so sorry for the extremely long period it's taken me to reply to your question...I "lost" your message in my pile of emails...I truly apologize!!
    
    As for your interest in studying Civil Engineering and worried about not having a Physics ...
  • Lais

    Added Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 12:18 AM

    I am having a hard time deciding which major I want because I enjoy topics/research ideas on how to reduce the amount of air pollution, and to work on methods to protect the environment. I like the idea of working on different projects to protect the environment such as reduce the amount of energy we use and protect wildlife. I am just afraid that if I major in environmental engineering, I won't be able to do research related to airplanes. Like for example, work on a new alternative fuel to ...
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    Peggy Layne, Virginia Tech
    Answered Thursday, December 21, 2017 at 11:03 AM
    Hi Lais,
    
    From your question, it looks like you have done your homework and are very well informed about skills and opportunities in both mechanical and environmental engineering. I think your current major in mechanical engineering will position you ...
  • Shobhita

    Added Monday, December 11, 2017 at 12:40 PM

    I'm wondering if it will be too tough to study because a most people I know say so. Also, I have an interest in aerospace, but it is hard for a an electrical engineering student to study in that field. Any suggestions? I'm in my third year. Also if you have any university suggestions, I'd be grateful.
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    Katie Smith, Appalachian Power Company
    Answered Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at 11:38 AM
    If you are interested in aerospace I would suggest you take some mechanical electives. The more diversity in your education the better. If your university offers a renewable energy course as an elective I would also take that. Any education after your ...
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