Peggy Layne
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Assistant Provost for Faculty Development, Virginia Tech
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  • Kaci, Louisiana asked Peggy Layne, Virginia Tech

    Added Thursday, May 19, 2016 at 8:16 PM

    I am considering enviro. engineering. I want something that is versatile and does not limit me to a small amount of job opportunities. My first question is to work with some of the same things as an enviro engineer, is an BS environmental engineering degree really required? Also, if not, what degree options would I have to still be able to work with environmental issues ? If not, should I get a chemical engineering degree and then opt to work with environmental stuff, or would that be stooping ...
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    Peggy Layne, Virginia Tech
    Answered Thursday, May 19, 2016 at 8:16 PM
    Hi Kaci,
    Environmental engineers can work for government agencies, consulting firms, or industrial corporations, so there are a variety of job opportunities out there. You don't need to have an undergraduate major in environmental engineering. Many ...
  • Jessica

    Added Monday, April 18, 2016 at 10:28 AM

    Hey, I'm Jessica, I'm a junior in high school and I have been looking into environmental engineering as a choice to major in at college but I'm not sure what exactly it's all about or if it'd be the right job for me. I'm really interesting in farming, outdoors, gardening and things a little more on the agricultural side, but I don't know of any good paying jobs that aren't declining in growth.. my dad and some teachers suggested environmental engineering, so is there a certain type of ...
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    Peggy Layne, Virginia Tech
    Answered Monday, April 18, 2016 at 10:28 AM
    At Virginia Tech we have a program called Biological Systems Engineering that combines many of your interests. That program offers a focus on water resources, preparing students to manage wastes from agriculture operations as well as industrial and ...
  • Candice, Little Rock, Arkansas

    Added Monday, February 22, 2016 at 4:12 PM

    Hello, my name is Candice and I am attending the university of Little Rock Arkansas. I would love to be a environmental Engineer. My question is whenever going to a site what are the questions that run though your head? What do you ask yourself?
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    Peggy Layne, Virginia Tech
    Answered Monday, February 22, 2016 at 4:12 PM
    Hi Candice,
    
    Environmental engineers work at a variety of different kinds of sites, so I'm not sure exactly what you are asking. I'll answer based on the kind of work I used to do investigating hazardous waste disposal sites. We worked on military ...
  • Ankita, India

    Added Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 9:57 AM

    Hey, I am ankita from india. I read your few interviews. I'm very impressed. I mean a successful female civil engineering is rare. Actually I gave my 12th exam. And further interested in civil or environmental engineering. I heard from my friend that doing Bachelor's degree in civil and Master's degree in environmental engineering is more good and as more scope. Is it fine if I do only environmental engineering in B.E and in M.E? What are your views please guide me.
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    Peggy Layne, Virginia Tech
    Answered Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 9:57 AM

    I'm not familiar with the engineering education system in India. Here in the U.S., a few schools offer undergraduate degrees in environmental engineering. I happen to have one, but the school no longer offers it. I found when I was interviewing for jobs ...

  • Ella W., Daytona Beach

    Added Monday, July 7, 2014 at 10:14 AM

    What can I do as a homeschooler that would help me in becoming an enviro. engineer?
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    Peggy Layne, Virginia Tech
    Answered Monday, July 7, 2014 at 10:14 AM

    My advice to a homeschooler interested in becoming an environmental engineer is pretty much the same advice I would give to any young person. Study as much math and science as possible in order to be prepared for college engineering classes and seek out ...

  • LP, New Brunswick, NJ

    Added Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 4:18 PM

    I have read many articles that claim that women, generally, receive 25% less in pay than male counter parts when it comes to engineering. Now, I know there are many factors that make this up, but I am wondering if you have any experience? I know I may get some lash from asking this, but as a person who equally loves engineering and literature, I'm not sure why I would spend the excess money on a degree that will offer me very little growth or pay respect, because I am a female. Thank you!
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    Peggy Layne, Virginia Tech
    Answered Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 4:18 PM

    Salaries for engineers vary depending on the engineering discipline and the type of employer, as well as years of experience and location. It can be somewhat misleading to look at average salaries for engineers overall. For example, engineers in the ...

  • ADITI, MUMBAI

    Added Friday, August 2, 2013 at 7:50 AM

    Hey, i am currently pursuing BE in electrical and electronics engineering. I am in fourth year now. Could i pursue a post graduation degree in environmental engineering?
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    Peggy Layne, Virginia Tech
    Answered Friday, August 2, 2013 at 7:50 AM

    Environmental engineering is a very diverse field and environmental engineers come from many different backgrounds. Prerequisites for graduate degrees vary across programs, so you should look into some of the graduate programs that interest you to find ...

  • Cassidy, Tallahassee asked Peggy Layne, Virginia Tech

    Added Saturday, March 16, 2013 at 7:01 PM

    Hello, I am a freshman engineering student at Florida State University. I am currently working on a project for my Women in Math Science and Engineering class where I have to contact people in my intended career field, ask them questions, and then write a paper about the responses I receive. If you could please answer a few questions for me, I would greatly appreciate it! 1.) Do environmental engineers work with renewable energy? 2.) Are there any internships or opportunities for ...
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  • Shamma, UAE

    Added Friday, November 2, 2012 at 10:12 AM

    I want to enter environmental engineering, but I want to know if it involves mechanical and electronic things. And is the salary good enough? And do I have to have an engineering license??What is the benefit of having one???
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    Peggy Layne, Virginia Tech
    Answered Friday, November 2, 2012 at 10:12 AM
    I agree with Kristin's answers to this question. Environmental engineers can work in a variety of industries and a variety of technical areas, from designing air pollution control equipment (which may require knowledge of electrical and mechanical ...
  • Deldrie, Malaysia asked Peggy Layne, Virginia Tech

    Added Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 7:52 AM

    Hi. Frankly speaking, I didn't know what to take up after my high school. However, thinking on what to do next, I decided to go for environmental engineering as firstly, I'm interested in helping to do something good for the environment. but the problem is that I'm not very strong in maths. Do you think this would be a major obstacle for me? I am working hard to improve both my maths and physics. And also, I've come to know that environmental engineering has a lot of divisions. I would like to ...
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    Peggy Layne, Virginia Tech
    Answered Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 7:52 AM
    There are many different areas of environmental engineering, some more focused on understanding the natural environment and others more focused on technology to modify or protect the environment. A strong background in math is important for most of ...
  • Cassidy asked Peggy Layne, Virginia Tech

    Added Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 4:42 AM

    Hi, I received my bachelors' degree in history and French two years ago. But after working as a project coordinator in an engineering company, I would also like to pursue a degree in engineering. After doing a bit of research, it is kind of discouraging to read about a lot of the engineering jobs are being offshored to other countries like China and India, but I think a future in biomedical engineering and environmental engineering still look bright comparing to computer engineering. So ...

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    Peggy Layne, Virginia Tech
    Answered Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 4:42 AM
    This is a very good question! Certainly people with degrees in computer science, electrical and mechanical engineering, and even construction management work in environmental and (with the exception of construction management) biomedical engineering. ...
  • Grace, VA

    Added Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 7:39 AM

    In your opinion, what is the best school in Virginia for someone that wants to become an aerospace engineer? Also, what classes in high school should I take to get in?
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    Peggy Layne, Virginia Tech
    Answered Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 7:39 AM
    I passed your question to a professor of AOE at Virginia Tech. This is what she had to say: --- Dear Grace from VA, You are quite fortunate in that you live in a state with many wonderful Aerospace Engineering programs. For example, Old Dominion and ...