Jennifer Polivka
Jennifer Polivka
Test Engineer, Nike
Portland, OR
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  • Audra Atwood asked Jennifer Polivka, Nike

    Added Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 8:25 AM

    I am studying Materials Science and Engineering with a polymeric concentration and a chemistry minor at Clemson. I don't necessarily need to be on the R&D side of production but just want to work for the company.
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    Answered Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at 10:13 AM
    The short answer is "no."  I do not have a master's degree and there are several other folks in my department that do not either.  That being said, I would add that about 50% of my department do have a master's or PhD, and there are some job openings ...
  • Answered Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at 10:20 AM
    Those are both great majors which play an important role at Nike!  And oftentimes people which those degree interact with each other, so they lend themselves to similar projects as well. I love my degree and background in Materials Science, but textiles ...
  • 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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    Answered Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at 10:30 AM
    I'm bummed that I didn't see this earlier!  My deepest apologies.
    
    I love my job at Nike and a lot of things contribute to that feeling.  Of course, the science and testing aspect of my job is the type of thing that I have an interest and aptitude for. ...
  • 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
    Hello!
    
    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 ...
  • Matt asked Jennifer Polivka, Nike

    Added Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at 11:13 AM

    Hello Jennifer, I just finished my freshman year at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology studying Mechanical Engineering. I am good with math and sciences which is why I decided to become an engineer but my true passion is in sports which is why it is a dream of mine to work at a place like Nike. I know you are in a different area of engineering but i was wondering if you had any tips or knew of any extra minors or concentrations that would help me get a job at a place like Nike once I graduate. ...
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  • Hyokang, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign asked Jennifer Polivka, Nike

    Added Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at 11:26 AM

    Hi Jennifer, I am currently a senior majoring in materials science at university of Illinois. I am very interested in working at a sporting goods company like Nike and I chose materials science when I was in high school because it looked highly related to the field. I figured it indeed is related and so I chose my concentration to be polymer. I recently applied to two of the job positions (Test engineer and materials researcher) through the Nike career website. I have several questions about ...
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    Answered Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at 11:26 AM
    Hi! Hopefully I can give you some answers to your questions.
    
    1) There are definitely engineers that work at Nike with bachelor's degrees.  I can't speak to the entire makeup of the company (there are so many different careers here which are not ...
  • Lindsey, California asked Jennifer Polivka, Nike

    Added Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at 1:05 AM

    Hi Jennifer! I am currently a junior in high school and am uncertain about the major I will be choosing for my college applications as a senior in the fall. After seeing your posts and doing a little more research, I am very interested in material science/engineering, and was wondering if you could answer a few questions. I have looked on many college websites and they all have the material science degrees, but most are also unclear as to what the courses involved are. Besides general ed ...
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    Answered Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at 1:05 AM
    Hi Lindsey!
    
    I'd be more than happy to answer your questions and I hope they are helpful as you decide what you may want to pursue in the future.
    
    Yes, there is a lot of overlapping classes between Material Science and the other engineering majors. I ...
  • Jaelyn, Grand Prairie, TX asked Jennifer Polivka, Nike

    Added Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at 9:01 PM

    Hi! recently, I have been working on this research project over materials engineering and I was wondering if you would be able to tell me some of the pros and cons of materials engineering?
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    Answered Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at 9:01 PM
    Hi Jaelyn! Whenever I think about the best and worst of being in the field of materials engineer, honestly it comes to the same thing: materials engineering is a very diverse, wide, inter-disciplinary field.
    
    The pro side of that is all the amazing ...
  • Elizabeth, Stockton asked Jennifer Polivka, Nike

    Added Tuesday, August 25, 2015 at 12:25 AM

    Hey Jennifer, I am so delighted that I stumbled upon this site, specifically your page, because engineering has always been an interest of mine and fashion is honestly one of my passions. However, I won't be entering my first year of college as an engineering major. I hope to transfer after two years, but feel like I will be behind. Any advice? Also, I don't think I am capable of being an engineer. The material sciences and engineering field is a bit intimidating to me, as a matter of fact all ...
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    Answered Tuesday, August 25, 2015 at 12:25 AM
    Hi Elizabeth!  Thank you so much for writing! In my experience, the first year or so of college was a lot more about getting a good general foundation than really focusing specifically on engineering. While I had a good idea of what I wanted to major in, ...
  • Elizabeth asked Jennifer Polivka, Nike

    Added Friday, April 10, 2015 at 11:14 AM

    Hi Jennifer, I saw that you work at Nike as a test engineer, which is basically my dream job, and I just was wondering if you could answer a few questions for me. What's your typical day like? Did you go onto get a master's or any other higher education after undergrad? I just applied to a few positions at Nike and I just want to know what they're looking for and how I can improve my chances (I have a BS in BioE). Thanks!
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    Answered Friday, April 10, 2015 at 11:14 AM
    Hi Elizabeth, I have  BS in MSE. About half of the group's engineers have additional degrees, but everyone has at least 4-5 years of work experience which in my opinion is equally valuable as continuing education.
    
    My day varies quite a bit all the ...
  • Anonymous, Quezon City, Metro Manila asked Jennifer Polivka, Nike

    Added Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at 12:33 PM

    Hi, Jennifer Polivka! I am a second year college student taking up BS Materials Engineering at the University of the Philippines. I know that this course covers a wide range of topics. That is why in the fourth year of the course, there is a need for specialization. I really want to work in Nike. After reading your biography, I became more motivated than ever. But the problem is, I don't even know how I would be given the opportunity to work there. Well, first of all, it's in Oregon. It's so ...
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    Answered Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at 12:33 PM
    Hello!
    
    Nike is amazing and I truly enjoy my job and the company.  But also be open to other opportunities because you never know what is going to come your way!  I didn't do my studies in university with Nike in mind; I actually intended to work in ...
  • Erin, Santa Clarita, CA asked Jennifer Polivka, Nike

    Added Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 7:09 PM

    Hi I am going to be a senior in high school this coming fall and I am starting to look at colleges and deciding on a major. How do you know when you've chosen the right major and college? I keep going back and forth between food science and engineering and the major I end up choosing will change what type of college i can go to. How did you know you wanted to go into engineering rather than something else and materials engineering over all of the other kinds? Thank you!!!
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    Answered Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 7:09 PM
    Hi Erin!  Congratulations on being a senior soon -- high school can be tricky both academically and socially, but it's also an experience so enjoy the good parts while they last :)
    
    For me, at the root of it all I knew I excelled at math and science in ...
  • Joan, Georgia

    Added Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    Good day, I am an international student aspiring to be a Biomedical engineer. I am currently in the second year of college and just received my grade report for this semester: Calculus III: A Research Biology: A Organic chemistry: A Physics: C This grade for physics has brought my GPA for this semester to 3.47 and my cumulative GPA down to 3.67. Is it still possible for me to redeem my self in later semesters and get into a good graduate school and internship programs or am I not good ...
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    Answered Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 12:14 PM
    Hi,
    
    Sounds like you faced a difficult class in Physics, and that's okay!  We all face difficulties, whether that be an especially hard class or something out in the workplace.  It's something we all deal with and work through.
    
    That one grade will ...
  • NAMEERA, CHENNAI asked Jenni Glauser, Pratt & Whitney

    Added Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 8:24 AM

    Hi Jenni! My name is Nameera, and I'm from India. I am a freshman in high school and I'm totally interested in aerospace engineering and piloting. Actually I want to become a pilot. Can I pursue it after studying aerospace engineering? Please help me.. I was totally inspired by the interview given by you!
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    Answered Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 8:24 AM
    Hi Nameera,
    
    I'm not the person you asked this question specifically to (although my name is pretty close, right?) but I wanted to respond because your question is something I maybe know a little bit about.
    
    My husband's brother has always been ...
  • Lauren, O'Fallon

    Added Monday, December 9, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    Hello, I wanted to know if there are any types of engineering that involve fashion?
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    Answered Monday, December 9, 2013 at 1:32 PM
    The previous answer to your question caught my eye because I am an engineer that work at Nike.  I see a lot of interesting things in my day, such as new materials for shoes that were chosen because they look cool and are perceived as fashionable, but my ...
  • Jill , San Jose City, Nueva Ecija, The Philippines

    Added Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    Hi! I am Jill from the Philippines. I am a 15 year old incoming senior. Here in the Philippines, we have what we call the Big Four Universities. Among those four, I personally prefer University Of The Philippines and Ateneo De Manila University. If I go to ADMU, i'd pay a whole lot of money, and I'd take up a double degree program, w/c is a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with Materials Science and Engineering. Otherwise, I'd go to UP, wherein i'd take Materials Engineering/Industrial ...
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    Answered Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 9:44 AM
    Hi Jill,
    
    It sounds like you've put a lot of thought into what you want to do with your future and that is really great.  I always encourage those getting ready to go to university to think about what they want to do with their lives -- Like you ...