Claire Elliott
Claire Elliott
Wake County Schools
NC

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Biography

I earned my Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University. I was fortunate enough to find the co-op program, where students are given opportunities to work as engineers while they complete their degree. It gave me hands-on experience that proved invaluable after graduation. It also helped me meet other engineers. After graduation, I began working as a Project Engineer for Baxter Healthcare. My job was to improve automated manufacturing processes by upgrading existing equipment and bringing in new technology. Even though my degree was in mechanical engineering, the job taught me a lot about electrical engineering and equipment programming. I loved working on projects and traveling. Since then, I have had children, and I decided to take a few years away from engineering. Because of my skills in math, science, and communication, I was able to quickly scoop up a job as an elementary school teacher. I have used my engineering background to bring technology into classrooms. I also share my problem solving skills with students. Now that my kids are a little older, I'm excited to get back into engineering. I can't wait to see where it will take me next!

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Education
BS Mechanical Engineering - NC State University, Raleigh, NC Master of Education - North Georgia College and State University, Dahlonega, GA
Volunteer Opportunities
  • I am willing to be contacted by educators for possible speaking engagements in schools or in after school programs or summer camps.
  • I am willing to serve as science fair judge or other temporary volunteer at a local school.
Latest Questions
  • Briony, Wales

    Added Monday, June 30, 2014 at 2:03 PM

    Hey our chemistry teacher has asked us to look at jobs that involve Chemistry, so as I want to be a mechanical engineer when I'm older I thought that I should look into Civil engineering. The thing is, is that I don't know why you have to study Chemistry could you tell me why? Thank you!
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    Claire Elliott, Wake County Schools
    Answered Monday, June 30, 2014 at 2:03 PM
    Hi Briony!
    
    Your question is a great one! Mechanical and Civil Engineering are two branches of engineering that share many similarities. Both of them will require you to take a chemistry course (or two). In order to be an effective mechanical/civil ...
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  • anonymous

    Added Friday, November 8, 2013 at 6:52 PM

    Hi there, I'm a senior in high school currently applying to colleges. At first, I found the biomedical engineering path to med school to be very interesting, but I think I might change my mind in the more distant future. Suppose that once I've done my undergrad, I decide that I neither want to be a doctor nor do I want to be a biomedical engineer, and I decide to go to grad school for some other type of engineering. Is it possible for me to go from being a BME undergrad to, say, an aerospace ...
    Answers 1
    Claire Elliott, Wake County Schools
    Answered Friday, November 8, 2013 at 6:52 PM
    Hi! That's a great question! Choosing a particular field of engineering can be a really difficult choice. Many colleges admit undergrads into "general engineering" when they first start college. You'll probably take many of your general ed courses during ...
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