Eugenia Kalnay
Dr. Eugenia Kalnay
Environmental Engineer, University of Maryland
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  • Nicole, Seattle asked Eugenia Kalnay, University of Maryland

    Added Sunday, August 10, 2014 at 11:52 AM

    hi, I am going to be a high school sophomore student in September. right now I'm pretty sure I want to be an environmental engineer, and that's what I want to study in college and go into that field afterwards. what I'm wondering is if you know of any programs or resources that would help me in pursuing environmental engineering and maybe anything that would help me get off to a good start. I really want to help in any way possible with the rising battle against climate change. currently I am ...
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  • Thomas, Sydney

    Added Monday, July 21, 2014 at 3:23 AM

    What would you say is a niche market involving environmental engineering?
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    Eugenia Kalnay, University of Maryland
    Answered Monday, July 21, 2014 at 3:23 AM

    The environmental engineering niche market should be huge, because the impacts of the humans on the environment, including climate change are huge, and increasing dangerously. More efficient and cleaner use of water, soil, energy, etc, are such niches.

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  • Yanelly, La Joya

    Added Sunday, May 18, 2014 at 8:11 PM

    Hi! My name is Yanelly, and I love math and working with the environment. My teacher got me into Environmental Engineering, and I wanted to ask you: Could you inform me with interesting facts about Environmental Engineering? Anything that would convince me to continue looking forward for this career.
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    Eugenia Kalnay, University of Maryland
    Answered Sunday, May 18, 2014 at 8:11 PM

    I am an atmospheric scientist, and feel it is the most interesting and rewarding career. As you know, climate change is a most important danger facing humankind, together with the degradation of the environment due to over-exploitation of Nature and ...

  • Jessica, Merced, CA

    Added Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    Hello! I'm currently attending University and I will be a sophomore majoring in environmental engineering. I guess my main questions are: How and when did you know that engineering was the right field for you? How did you narrow it down to your specific concentrations? And have you found it particularly difficult to work as an engineer and maintain a family as well? Thank you! -Jessica
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    Eugenia Kalnay, University of Maryland
    Answered Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    Dear EngineerGirl,

    When I was a student there was no such a career as Environmental Engineer (I studied Meteorology).

    I think it is great that you have that opportunity now!

    As I said in my life story, the most important thing to do well in a field ...

  • Maggie, Chicago asked Eugenia Kalnay, University of Maryland

    Added Friday, March 30, 2012 at 5:00 AM

    I am interested in going into environmental engineering...I love science, but I'm not so crazy about math. What level of math is required for this career?
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    Eugenia Kalnay, University of Maryland
    Answered Friday, March 30, 2012 at 5:00 AM
    Dear Maggie: I would say that different types of environmental engineering require different levels of math: for example, modeling (which is what I do) is usually heavy in math, whereas bio-environmental engineering is more intuitive and observationally ...
  • Tina, Dearborn Heights, MI asked Eugenia Kalnay, University of Maryland

    Added Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 4:53 AM

    I am enrolled at U of M Deaborn for fall 2009. I have recently decided to become an engineer. I am really interested in the environment and would like to pursue a career utilizing this interest. But as it turns out UMD doesn't offer enviro- engineering. Should I switch schools or is there another way/ major to go to with and still work with the enviro?
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    Eugenia Kalnay, University of Maryland
    Answered Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 4:53 AM
    Dear Tina: I think enviro-engineering is really a great area to work, but actually I am not familiar with any school having that specific focus. I assume you are an undergraduate, so I would suggest that you take as many courses in engineering and ...
  • Jennifer, Eureka, Ca asked Eugenia Kalnay, University of Maryland

    Added Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 9:35 AM

    I am thinking about persuing a career in envoronmental engineering, but I am not terrific in the suject of math. I get good grades in math because I work very hard, but it is always a struggle to learn the concepts. The thing is, when I do understand the concepts, I enjoy it very much. I am thinking about a career in envoronmental engineering, but I am afraid that I might not be smart enough to accomplish it. Do I need to be exceptionally good at math to become an engineer, or will honest ...
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    Eugenia Kalnay, University of Maryland
    Answered Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 9:35 AM
    Dear Jennifer: I would say that I am not a strong mathematician either, but I have a good intuition. Hard work and enthusiasm go a long way, and the ability to enjoy what you do is the most important. When you try to solve a problem you work with it ...