Linda Schadler
Linda Schadler
Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
NY
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  • Ethan , Goffstown, NH asked Linda Schadler, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

    Added Friday, June 3, 2016 at 8:34 AM

    Hello, I am a sophomore in high school, and I am doing a project on linking a passion to a potential job. I am really interested in finding a job that would allow me to work as an engineer at an archery factory. Would material engineering be good to pursue if I wanted to design the bows also? Is there a degree that you would recommend I go for so I don't have to spend all my time going for something I wouldn't need a lot. What would some advice to some one who is starting out his process. ...
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    Linda Schadler, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
    Answered Friday, June 3, 2016 at 8:34 AM

    The design of a bow would use both mechanical engineering and materials engineering skills.   The materials engineer would be working to change the strength and stiffness and fatigue resistance (how many times you can string the bow before it ...

  • Alamgir, Pakistan

    Added Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at 12:34 PM

    I am chemical engineer and want to do MS in material sciences but I am confused. In the future, how much will this combination help me in terms of jobs and school? If I want to do job in the material sector, how will chemical engineering play a role in that? Do you think I am going on the right path?
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    Linda Schadler, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
    Answered Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at 12:34 PM

    A combined degree in Chemical Engineering and Materials Science is a strong one. Chemical Engineering tends to focusing on the processing of materials, while materials engineering teaches the relationships between processing, structure (atomic and ...

  • Heyinn, San Jose

    Added Monday, July 28, 2014 at 7:52 PM

    Hi! I will be attending a university for b.s. degree in Materials Engineering. Because I am not certain about materials engineering, I'll be taking an introductory class. Is material engineering different from other types of engineering in any way? It appears to me that material engineering requires lots of abstract thinking and theories. Please tell me if I am wrong. (For example, what separates material science engineering from chemical engineering class?) The primary reason I chose material ...
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    Linda Schadler, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
    Answered Monday, July 28, 2014 at 7:52 PM

    Many types of engineering fields impact improving the cleanliness of our air and water.   Civil engineers work on the big infrastructure that transports water and treats water.   Chemical engineers might develop new kinds of membranes to clean ...

  • Ella, Claire, Gracie and Alexandra, Seattle

    Added Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 3:09 PM

    Did you have any trouble becoming an engineer? If so, what was the trouble and how did you overcome those problems? If you didn't have problems, what are the types of problems people have? We would like to know because we are doing a project in school about how more girls need to become engineers, so we need more information on the the topic. Thank you! Claire, Ella, Gracie and Alexandra, 4th graders at APP @ Lincoln Elementary
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    Linda Schadler, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
    Answered Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 3:09 PM

    Every engineer runs in to challenges! Part of being an engineer is learning how to be comfortable with challenging problems that cause some degree of frustration. The biggest challenge I faced, and I see students facing, is a strong understanding of ...

  • Jenny , Washington, D.C. asked Linda Schadler, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

    Added Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 6:37 AM

    As we start looking for Engineering schools with our daughter, how can we find schools that are actively and successfully graduating women from their programs and are creatively working to retain women in their programs? We are looking for good resources to help us make this very expensive and important decision.
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    Linda Schadler, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
    Answered Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 6:37 AM
    The graduation rates and grade point averages of women engineers at many engineering schools are as high as or higher than their male counterparts, and most universities track those statistics. Direct questions to admissions departments at the schools of ...