Ursula Gibson
Ursula Gibson
Associate Professor, Dartmouth College
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I teach engineering (materials science and nanotechnology) to college and graduate students. I also participate in research activities, investigating the interaction of very small structures with electromagnetic fields.
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  • Taryn, Iowa State University

    Added Saturday, August 2, 2014 at 10:17 PM

    I just discovered this blog while doing a search about how I could relate fashion and engineering. I had always planned on majoring in fashion design, but my love of math and science has caused me to try engineering for at least a year. I deferred my admission to a top design school, and I am going to take engineering courses freshman year at a different college. I am in materials engineering, but not sure if that is the correct engineering field. My dream is to be able to combine my fashion ...
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    Ursula Gibson, Dartmouth College
    Answered Saturday, August 2, 2014 at 10:17 PM

    Dear Taryn,

    Combining engineering with fashion sounds like a great thing to do.  The "high-tech" wearables industry is just emerging, and is sure to be a growth industry.  The two engineering aspects that are most relevant are ...

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  • Kennedy, Naples

    Added Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 4:10 PM

    I'm in 5th grade, and I'm looking up to being an environmental engineer. Is there any way I can get a jump start to earn a scholarship for college, and prepare for my future? I mean, what can I do?
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    Ursula Gibson, Dartmouth College
    Answered Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 4:10 PM

    Dear Kennedy,

    There are scholarships based on academic merit, sports talent, and financial need.  In all cases, you will need to have excellent grades, and it helps if you have demonstrated your interest in your future career through ...

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  • Liz , United States

    Added Wednesday, June 27, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    I'm currently a freshman in high school, and I want to know what kind of classes to take for the following years. I am planning to take Algebra 2, Pre-Calculus, and Calculus before I graduate. Do I need to take Physics and Chemistry 2 if I wanted to be an Engineer? I'm also planning on taking the Engineering classes that my school offers,but I'm not really sure if engineering is what I want to do. I love seeing how things work, and I enjoy building and fixing things so that they work the way I ...
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    Ursula Gibson, Dartmouth College
    Answered Wednesday, June 27, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    Hi Liz,

    Thank you for your question! It sounds like you are definitely on the right track with the Math, and Physics will be important, too. The current guidelines for an accredited college engineering degree include Chemistry, so taking that in high ...

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