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  • Ashley U

    Added Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 8:59 PM

    I am currently a high school senior and have been accepted UCI under biomedical engineering. It is something I am interested in but I worry I will not be capable of "building" and "creating." I've never built or created anything and I'm not sure I will be good at it. Any advice?
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    Ying-Ja Chen, Pronutria
    Answered Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 9:09 PM
    I don't think you need to be worried before you try it out. Honestly, I have never built or created anything when I was in high school, either. All I knew was that I liked math and biology more than social science and language. They taught us many ...
  • Tyler T

    Added Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 7:26 PM

    Answers 1
    Kathy Moseler, Paradise Robotics
    Answered Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 12:13 PM
    Hi Tyler,
    
    What a great question, thank you for asking!
    
    EE, like many careers, is very broad.  What an engineer does depends on the nature of the employer's business and the assigned role of the particular person.  Some jobs are people oriented, ...
  • Cat Monty asked Ayanna Howard, Georgia Institute of Technology

    Added Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 11:10 AM

    I'm researching you for school project and you are pretty amazing
    Answers 1
    Ayanna Howard, Georgia Institute of Technology
    Answered Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at 1:39 PM
    I truly do enjoy designing, building, and programming the intelligence of robotic systems. Robotics allows me to not only be creative by using my engineering and computer science skills but allows me to geek out on amazing technology.
  • Alli Brunell

    Added Monday, April 10, 2017 at 1:33 PM

    I'm finishing my freshman year of college and I finally decided on a major that I want to dedicate myself to: bioengineering. The problem I have is that my university only offers degrees in: civil, computer, mechanical, and electrical engineering. Due to certain circumstances, I cannot transfer or switch schools. I'm not sure if any of these degrees will allow me to pursue such an intriguing and rewarding career in bioengineering/biomedical engineering (or even chemical engineering). I would ...
    Answers 1
    Jennifer Elisseeff, Johns Hopkins University
    Answered Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at 1:27 PM
    You can definitely work in biomedical engineering with an electrical engineering degree! I have had graduate students with this background start working on tissue engineering projects and now working in a more biologically oriented field. There are also ...
  • Caitlyn

    Added Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 9:40 AM

    I have a BS in Chemical Engineering and have been working in automotive for 3 years. I think an online program I found for a masters in occupational safety would be straightforward for me, and achievable while I'm working. But I don't want to get a job in safety. I simply want to make myself a more attractive candidate for future engineering positions, help me get better jobs in the same line of engineering work. Would this masters help, hurt, or do nothing for me?
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  • Jehiel Cruz

    Added Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 1:44 AM

    FYI. engineering course have been a notorious to be very hard in our school and i'm not sure if it is really true. And can you confirm it to me that if it(civil engineering) is really majority on drawing/sketching and a bit computation/math???
    Answers 1
    Karen Strauss, Oregon Department of Transportation
    Answered Friday, April 14, 2017 at 12:33 PM
    Hello there, Congratulations on considering civil engineering! I’m sure there are a ton of rumors swirling about how much math, physics, drawing, science, and computation there is in the field. I remember when I started to choose engineering classes, a ...
  • Shinju Yumiko asked Carmen Espinal, NTN Bearing Corporation of America

    Added Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 4:41 AM

    I am a licensed mechanical engineer, female engineer. But right now, several thoughts keep circling my mind. I even questioned myself why did I took up mechanical engineering. I badly need tons of motivation right now 'coz so far I'm not enjoying my profession. Am I in the right field?
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    Carmen Espinal, NTN Bearing Corporation of America
    Answered Friday, April 21, 2017 at 11:35 AM
    Dear Shinju Yumiko,
    My first job was biomedical engineer type job (my degree is in Mechanical Engineering) – I worked on IV sets. I didn’t like it because it wasn’t hands on. However, after working there & meeting a lot of people with different ...
  • Rachael Amoah

    Added Friday, March 24, 2017 at 5:12 AM

    What I should know before pursuing aeronautic engineering in terms of academics.
    Answers 1
    Answered Monday, April 17, 2017 at 8:44 AM
    HI!  To enter college to study aerospace engineering be sure that you are taking the classes in high school that the college indicates you need to be ready.  What this usually is 3-4 years of science, 4 years of math, and 1-2 years of a foreign language. ...
  • Isabelle Giacoma asked Azar Eslam-Panah, Penn State University

    Added Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 7:30 PM

    I have 3 more semesters until i go onto a graduate program. But it dawned on me that i dont know what type of engineer i want to be. Im pursuing a Mech. Engin. Technology undergraduate major and then a Technology Masters, both at Kent State. I have a passion for working with my hands and creating things amd watching them come to life. I love dragons and creatures that fly. I have been applying for NASA internships since last year but i still dont know what i can do. Can you help??
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    Azar Eslam-Panah, Penn State University
    Answered Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 2:48 PM
    Dear Isabelle,
    
    Thank you for the great question but I might not have a great answer for you! It really depends on your future career and the market. Mechanical Engineering is very broad and it covers most of the engineering concepts. However, if you ...
  • Rick asked Natalie White, CyberSource

    Added Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 7:09 PM

    Was there a particular person, job, company, or moment that solidified your future goals?
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    Natalie White, CyberSource
    Answered Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 1:12 PM
    Great question! My parents saw that my sister and I had a talent for math and science early in our education and signed us up for the now-defunct Magnet School program at Dunbar Middle and High schools in Fort Worth ISD.  
    
    I was first introduced to ...
  • Tanner

    Added Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 8:36 AM

    I am extremely interested in creating and learning the science behind how things work and took an interest in the curriculum for mechanical engineering to be more precise. As a young girl, I never expected myself to take an interest in math or science, but as I took higher math classes and immersed myself more towards engineering topics, I realized that I am and want to be an engineer. I am a second year student in cc, transferring soon to a university and I recently joined a club. As many ...
    Answers 1
    Stephanie Meyen, Advanced Scientific Concepts
    Answered Friday, April 14, 2017 at 6:55 PM
    Tanner,
    
    First of all let me tell you that it is great that you already have a good idea of what type of career you want to pursue. It is important to have a goal. It helps you to stay on your path, even if things are difficult. With participating in ...
  • Morgan asked Christina Castillo, Fox and Associates, Inc.

    Added Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 11:38 AM

    I have done a lot of research and it seems like I could do a fairly similar job (only it seems like with much less designing :( ) with more job security. I was wondering how true this is and if it is possible to have flexible hours as a Civil Engineer. Thankyou so much!!!
    Answers 1
    Christina Castillo, Fox and Associates, Inc.
    Answered Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 2:56 PM
    Hi Morgan! 
    I am not sure what the job industry for architects is currently. But this is the best way I can explain the difference between civil engineers and architects. Civil engineers are the ones who design everything around the building and ...
  • Zaida Carolina Rodríguez Navarrete

    Added Friday, March 17, 2017 at 10:40 PM

    Hi dear community, I am an industrial engineering student from Colombia. In order to prepare a presentation for one of my subjects, I have been researching and trying to get information about the biggest achievements or contributions of the industrial engineering to the world, but I have not found any information yet. It would be nice also to get to know fun facts or fun applications of the principles of industrial engineering. I appreciate your help. Thank you.
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  • Veeda

    Added Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 11:02 PM

    So, it took me a while but I FINALLY decided I wanted to become a biomedical engineer, but I'm confused which would be more important to take if entering this field to take a Psychics or Chemics? We have to pick classes soon, and I'm freaking out a bit! Thanks for the help!
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