Janet Tsai
Dr. Janet Y. Tsai
Instructor and Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Colorado Boulder
Boulder, CO

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Biography
Janet Y. Tsai is a Colorado native who is happy to be back in her home state, pursuing her doctorate in beautiful Boulder, CO after living in Boston, MA and Hong Kong, China. A yoga teacher and student, Janet also loves to hike in the mountains and ride her bike around town. Janet enjoys all kinds of Asian foods and is still working on perfecting her various fried noodle recipes. An avid reader and devourer of fashion and feminist news, blogs, and gossip, Janet looks forward to winter because it brings NBA basketball season (as well as snow!). Janet's research currently focuses on sophomore-level engineering students and how they construct status hierarchies among themselves, looking to understand the eventual and systemic impacts on student persistence in engineering. The goal of increasing women's representation in engineering is of critical importance and interest to Janet, she thinks it's the hardest and most complicated problem she has ever investigated and tried to do anything about. Currently, Janet is an instructor and postdoctoral research associate in the Engineering Plus program at the University of Colorado Boulder.
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Latest Questions
  • Anne

    Added Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at 8:14 AM

    Hello! I am a mechanical engineering student, I would like to know what do mechanical engineers actually do? Do they do calculus everyday? Are they all obligated to design and literally invent something new? Do they work with a team? And can you please give me tips on what I should do and expect as an engineering student and hopefully a future engineer.
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    Janet Tsai, University of Colorado Boulder
    Answered Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at 8:14 AM
    Hello Anne! These are great questions - the trick is that Mechanical Engineering is one of the broadest engineering fields, so it's tough to answer what a mechanical engineer "actually does." One way to think about it is that mechanical engineers work on ...
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  • Megan

    Added Thursday, July 14, 2016 at 4:52 PM

    Hello, my name is Megan and I am a rising sophomore at Stanford interested in mechanical engineering. I've always been interested in cars and learning how they work so I decided to join the Solar Car team at my university. However, its has been difficult for me to feel like I am part of the team as a new member. Everyone is so smart and the majority of team are guys that can be very difficult to approach. Even though I love cars, I still have a lot to learn to become a contributing member of ...
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    Janet Tsai, University of Colorado Boulder
    Answered Thursday, July 14, 2016 at 4:52 PM
    Hi Megan, 
    
    These are great questions and serious issues that you raise - even asking and bringing these things up indicate a high level of social awareness and team dynamics, valuable skills for any project team! 
    
    First - it is hard to join any ...
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  • Nisha, Lucknow

    Added Saturday, July 25, 2015 at 2:19 PM

    Hello, I am Nisha Singh from India. I am pursuing Mechanical Engineering third year. I want to know what company asks girls to do? Can a girl help in manufacturing a car or designing engines? or such kind of works which people think could not be done by girls.
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    Janet Tsai, University of Colorado Boulder
    Answered Saturday, July 25, 2015 at 2:19 PM

    Dear Nisha, 

    One of the advantages of Mechanical Engineering is that the field is very broad, so the tasks you could be asked to complete are as diverse as you can imagine. The two things you mention - manufacturing a car or designing engines - ...

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