Megan Harrington
Megan Harrington
Test Facilities Design Engineer, Blue Origin
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  • Tosin, Lagos

    Added Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 7:00 PM

    I want to become an aeronautical engineer but my mom is advising me to study mechanical engineering so as to keep my options open. So now I am wondering, if I study mechanical engineering can I still become an aeronautical engineer?
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    Megan Harrington, Blue Origin
    Answered Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 7:00 PM
    Hi Tosin!
    
    First off, that's great to hear you're going for engineering! 
    
    Good news: you can still work in aerospace as a mechanical engineer. That's what I did. You can also go to grad school for aeronautical engineering and have both engineering ...
  • Kelly, Cape Town asked Megan Harrington, Blue Origin

    Added Friday, April 25, 2014 at 6:59 AM

    Hi there! I'm fascinated with your bio and career. You sound incredible and the work you do is amazing. I'm 26 and looking to go back to university to do a degree in mechanical engineering. I'm spending the next couple of years redoing high school maths and science in preparation. I'm a South African and I want to work with rockets and propulsion systems. I know aerospace and defence industries outside of SA are largely off the cards because I'm not a citizen of the USA, for example. However, ...
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    Megan Harrington, Blue Origin
    Answered Friday, April 25, 2014 at 6:59 AM
    Hi Kelly!
    
    First off, high five for taking the first steps towards achieving your goal. Secondly, and to answer your question, heck no, your career plan is not ludicrous! That's not to say it won't be challenging, but that's a true statement for anyone ...
  • Alexis, New Orleans, Louisiana

    Added Monday, February 17, 2014 at 11:19 AM

    I'm a high school junior who is conflicted about what engineering to go into. I am currently in an engineering class to see what it's like to get different projects from different fields and so far my favorites have been chemical, aerospace, and mechanical. I was wondering if you could give me some insight about your field of study. What is your normal day like? How was your college experience? Are there any problems or discrimination you have faced? Thank you!
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    Megan Harrington, Blue Origin
    Answered Monday, February 17, 2014 at 11:19 AM
    Hi Alexis! 
    
    That's great to hear! I can guarantee that almost every engineer has been in your shoes at some point! Luckily, if you find your interests spanning across multiple engineering "disciplines," that's quite alright because there are areas ...
  • Jen, New York asked Megan Harrington, Blue Origin

    Added Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 5:59 PM

    HI! I'm a freshman mechanical engineer in Cooper Union and you are such an inspiration! You could say I'm going through a dilemma right now. Classes are tough and I can't imagine myself becoming a good engineer because of my inexperience and ignorance. I know for my future's sake, for summer income, I should go for an engineering internship, but I don't have the requirements (GPA<3.0) and I feel like I'm not ready for it and kind of intimidated. My other option is to teach at a summer ...
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  • Tanima

    Added Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    I'm having a lot of trouble deciding whether I should go into mechanical or electrical engineering. I don't have much programming experience, but I did take an introductory class and I'm not doing as well as i had thought, but I still think if I work hard enough I can so well in it! I eventually want to get into robotics/mechatronics, but my university doesn't offer that, so which one in your opinion would bring me closer to my goal. I absolutely do not want to work at a power plant. Thank ...
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    Megan Harrington, Blue Origin
    Answered Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 11:56 AM
    Hi Tanima! You sound just like I did when I was starting out, haha! Well, guess what? Robotics, or “mechatronics,” needs not only mechanical and electrical engineers, but also computer engineers! It’s a multidisciplinary application, so don’t worry if ...