Sandra Begay
Sandra Begay
Principal Member of the Technical Staff, Sandia National Laboratories
Albuquerque, NM
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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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • saumya

    Added Friday, April 12, 2013 at 4:17 AM

    Hi, I'm in my final year of high school now, and I want to pursue a career related to environmental engineering so to keep my options open should I take chemical or civil engineering??
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    Sandra Begay, Sandia National Laboratories
    Answered Friday, April 12, 2013 at 4:17 AM
    There are environmental focus areas in both civil and mechanical engineering. I would look through the course catalogs of the universities you might attend to find out about specific classes.
  • Danielle, New York asked Sandra Begay, Sandia National Laboratories

    Added Friday, March 30, 2012 at 5:14 AM

    I am a college student with my career goals focused in the environment. I am currently exploring a career in Environmental Engineering. I was wondering if I would be able to reach my goal under mechanical or electrical engineer program? The school that I am considering does not have an environmental engineer program or a civil engineer program; however, they do have an Environmental concentration.
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