Sandra Begay
Sandra Begay
Principal Member of the Technical Staff, Sandia National Laboratories
Albuquerque, NM
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Sandra Begay is a Principal Member of the Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories and is a former Regent (Trustee) for the University of New Mexico. Sandra leads Sandia’s technical efforts to assist Native American tribes with their renewable energy developments. Sandra received a Bachelor of Science - Civil Engineering degree from the University of New Mexico. She worked at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories before she earned a Master of Science - Structural Engineering degree from Stanford University. Sandra is recognized in a book profiling women engineers, “Changing Our World: True Stories of Women Engineers." Begay-Campbell is included in the chapter "Women in Power", which describes her effort to provide electricity through solar panels and other alternative energy solutions to hundreds of remote tribal members on the Navajo Reservation. Honored with awards for her work, Sandra is a recent recipient of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society’s Life-time Achievement Award; the University of New Mexico’s 2007 Zia Alumnus Award; the 2005 UNM School of Engineering Distinguished Alumnus Award and she received the Stanford University 2000 Multicultural Alumni of the Year Award. She was also selected as a recipient of the Governor's Award for Outstanding Women from the New Mexico Commission on the Status of Women.

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  • Alyssa, Goshen

    Added Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at 4:36 PM

    Hi my name is Alyssa i'm in the 6th grade. I want to be a structural engineer when I grow up. Well since you're an engineer is it cool and hard working with math?
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    Sandra Begay, Sandia National Laboratories
    Answered Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at 4:36 PM

    Alyssa, it is both cool to use math but it can be difficult to use math if you don’t practice.  Think of math as a language to understand science and engineering.  For example, engineers designed car odometers which tell us how far ...

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  • Marisa, LaSalle

    Added Thursday, December 26, 2013 at 11:02 PM

    Hi, I am very passionate about the environment and renewable energy. I want to become and engineer because math is one of my best subjects, and I love that I could be a part in solving some of the problems in our world. I am entering into my second semester of college and trying to decide whether I want to major in Electrical or Mechanical Engineering and focusing on renewable engery systems or Environmental Engineering. What I am wondering is which major will it possibly be easiest for me to ...
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    Sandra Begay, Sandia National Laboratories
    Answered Thursday, December 26, 2013 at 11:02 PM

    All of the engineering disciplines you mentioned can support your renewable energy career pursuits. For example, I’m a civil and structural engineer by training but I now manage renewable energy work and education for potential customers. The ...

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