Kelly Knight
Dr. Kelly J Knight
Engineering Manager, Bechtel National, Inc.
Reston, VA
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Kelly J Knight is the Manager of Bechtel’s Advanced Simulation and Analysis. She is responsible for managing multiple specialists in the fields of computational fluid dynamics, computational structural mechanics and advanced engineering visualization techniques. Kelly’s background experience includes design studies/analyses, computing infrastructure, experiments and conducting surveys/reviews in support of Bechtel projects and outside clients. Kelly’s field of expertise is in fluid dynamics, heat transfer, experimental methods, numerical analysis, turbulent mixing applications, chemical/biological dispersion and technical writing. Kelly has presented papers in field recognized conferences. Kelly holds a BS in Applied Mathematics from Weber State University, an MS and PHD degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Utah.
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  • Sydney, Freeport, Florida

    Added Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at 1:52 PM

    Hi, my name is Sydney Brown and I want to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering. I am a senior in high school. I began working on cars when I was 11. Now I am currently a race car driver. I am 17 and the youngest and only female race car driver at my local tracks. I drive a Dirt Crate Late Model Race Car. I love racing with a burning passion and want to do it until it kills me. I build, repair, and do all maintenance on my race cars unlike most drivers. I am the only girl in the south that ...
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    Kelly Knight, Bechtel National, Inc.
    Answered Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at 1:52 PM

    Sydney, it is great that you have achieved much as a young age. This experience will serve you well in your career choice and anything else in life. Keep going for what you want.

    Regarding being the best race car driver: a mechanical engineering degree ...

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  • Hyewon

    Added Friday, July 11, 2014 at 12:31 PM

    Hi I am going to be a senior in high school and this summer I've been looking at a lot of colleges. I really want to go in as a mechanical engineering major, but a lot of doubts are rising. Do I need to have experience relating to the field before college? I have taken related courses and I'm good at math, although not ahead. School just seems really hard and I guess I don't want to set myself up for something that could fail and waste my time. If you could give me any insight that would be ...
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    Kelly Knight, Bechtel National, Inc.
    Answered Friday, July 11, 2014 at 12:31 PM

    Hi Hyewon, 

    It is always good to has experience in something but in this case, it is not needed. I did not have any experience other than basic high school classes. Your success depends on your willingness to dig in and study and do whatever else ...

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  • Alice, Los Angeles, CA asked Kelly Knight, Bechtel National, Inc.

    Added Friday, March 30, 2012 at 4:34 AM

    I am working as a high school math teacher. When I was an undergraduate math student, I have taken some industrial engineering classes and loved them. Now I'm thinking to go back to school to get a master's degree in IE. I'm in my late 20's. Is it too late to become an engineer?
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    Kelly Knight, Bechtel National, Inc.
    Answered Friday, March 30, 2012 at 4:34 AM
    I obtained my Masters around age 35 and my PHD at 41. My initial reasoning was that I was very dissatisfied with what I was doing at the time and made a commitment to myself to walk the path of fulfillment in all of my life and that meant an upper degree ...Read More
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