Jennifer Polivka
Jennifer Polivka
Test Engineer, Nike
Portland, OR

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I was formally introduced to the field of Materials Science and Engineering when I was a senior in high school. At that point I knew it was the field that I wanted to spend my life working in. Studying Materials Science and Engineering in college provided numerous experience opportunities, whether that be conducting research, performing various tests, or traveling to conventions, competitions, and lectures. My job at Nike is amazing and fits perfectly with what I thought I wanted to be doing all along. Everything is hands-on and a great mix of cutting edge technology and thorough scientific experimentation. I am thankful to have a job which allows me to continue learning about materials and materials applications, something I look forward to each and every day.
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  • Kae'lynn, California, Lancaster asked Jennifer Polivka, Nike

    Added Thursday, August 18, 2016 at 3:33 PM

    How's it like to work with NIKE? Is it fun? Also I am very inspired by you. I think it's great that a women is working in that type of field. When I was very little I didn't know what I wanted to do or who I was. After seeing my first basketball game I knew what I wanted. I wanted to be a basketball player. Many people think that women can't do things that men can do. Like sports and engineering. That has to stop Girls all over the world should come together and show people what girl power is! ...
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  • Lindsey, UCLA asked Jennifer Polivka, Nike

    Added Saturday, July 23, 2016 at 11:41 AM

    Hi Jennifer, I did my BS in MSE at UCLA and have one year left in a MS at UCLA. I would be incredibly interested in doing an internship at Nike in MSE (actually your job is kind of what I'm dreaming of). Does your department ever have any interns? I check the career site occasionally and don't see MSE internships often, usually just positions that require years of experience. I would love to connect with you and learn more about what your job is like! Thanks! Lindsey
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  • Harish, Delhi, India asked Jennifer Polivka, Nike

    Added Saturday, July 2, 2016 at 11:05 PM

    Hi Jennifer, I am Harish Goswami from New Delhi, India and I just finished a bachelor degree in chemical engineering. I am very interested in pursuing a masters degree in material science from IIT, Mumbai as I feel it might help me to get into the line of sporting goods design and manufacturing. It is my dream to work in a company like Nike as I am also a passionate basketball player and I would love to apply my engineering knowledge to the sports industry. Will I be able to apply to Nike for ...
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    Answered Saturday, July 2, 2016 at 11:05 PM
    In general, Nike wants people who are really passionate about what they do and are creative thinkers who are willing to think outside the box.  A master's degree will help you in the application process when you apply to jobs, but what will ...
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