Jennifer Bernhard
Dr Jennifer Bernhard
Professor, University of Illinois
Urbana, IL
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Biography

I'm a professor, so my work has many pieces. I'm a teacher, I'm an engineer, I'm a researcher, and I'm an advisor and mentor. What all of this means is that I get to do lots of different things every day and I get to think about and work on really cool engineering problems. In particular, my work and teaching is largely in electromagnetics and antennas, which are critical pieces of wireless communication and sensing systems.

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  • Sarah, Irvine asked Jennifer Bernhard, University of Illinois

    Added Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 12:02 PM

    Hi Professor Bernhard, My name is Sarah and this is my second year of community college and I decided to switch to engineering. Right now I created a plan for my classes as a general engineering major, but I'm afraid universities will not accept me with that major. I really want to know what to apply as, but I am unsure which field of engineering is write for me. Or is general engineering good to apply as a transfer?
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    Jennifer Bernhard, University of Illinois
    Answered Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 12:02 PM

    Dear Sarah,

    I'm so excited that you’re ready to become an engineer!  General engineering means different things at different schools, but usually the first two years of courses at any institution are roughly the same for all engineering ...

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  • Kathryn, Port Angles, Washington asked Jennifer Bernhard, University of Illinois

    Added Thursday, February 25, 2016 at 6:26 PM

    Hello my name is Kathryn, I'm 11 years old and I was wondering what inspired you to become a professor because I'm so into engineering right now so I'm just trying to pick up info about it and I'm asking a bunch of different engineers that I'm into am are reading about. If there are any facts on engineering that are really important and you would like to share please I'm always open for more info.
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    Jennifer Bernhard, University of Illinois
    Answered Thursday, February 25, 2016 at 6:26 PM

    Dear Kathryn,

    I decided to become a professor because I love learning, I love teaching, and I love being able to work on the kinds of technical problems that I find interesting and that make a difference in the way people communicate – I study ...

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  • Saw Zi, Butterworth asked Jennifer Bernhard, University of Illinois

    Added Monday, January 4, 2016 at 12:08 AM

    Hi, I just graduated from my secondary school. I'm good in science and math. However I'm struggling in making decision, is mechatronic engineering same as EE? And what kind of job can I apply after I finish my diploma in mechatronis or EE?
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    Jennifer Bernhard, University of Illinois
    Answered Monday, January 4, 2016 at 12:08 AM
    Dear Saw Zi,
     
    Mechatronic engineering has a variety of definitions, but in general, it is the combination of using electrical engineering and mechanical engineering to develop robots, tools, or other devices that achieve a goal, whether that is ...
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