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

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...
  • Mohit, Noida

    Added Monday, April 27, 2015 at 1:56 PM

    Hi, I have done my engineering in IT but i am working in the field of Facility Management so I face problems during the interviews as many companies rejected me due to non electrical/mechanical background, please help me what to do now.
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    Jennifer Bernhard, University of Illinois
    Answered Monday, April 27, 2015 at 1:56 PM
    Dear Mohit,
     
    It sounds as if you have some decisions to make about the path of your career.  If you want to leverage your existing background in information technology, it might be better to pursue positions that require that background and ...
  • Farah, Texas

    Added Monday, November 26, 2012 at 2:35 PM

    I am currently pursuing a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering. I intend to pursue a PhD in Applied Sciences, particularly in quantum electronics. What are my chances of getting into a program in Applied Sciences with a background in Electrical Engineering? Is it a good idea to switch fields from engineering to Physics at this stage?
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    Jennifer Bernhard, University of Illinois
    Answered Monday, November 26, 2012 at 2:35 PM

     Dear Farah,

       It is best to find a field and topic of study that you love, so if that means going to a different program to do that, then that is what you should do. I know that there are several programs around the country in ...

  • Darshita, USA asked Jennifer Bernhard, University of Illinois

    Added Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 4:54 AM

    I have bachelor degree of science in Electronics and Communication from India and now I am getting second bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering in USA. I love doing Math and Science. But I am looking much younger than I am and I am so skinny too. I am so worried about getting job. I feel like they will reject me only at looking me, the way I look so delicate. And I haven't any work experience in this field, so I feel like I don't know anything about engineering. I am so worried. Please help ...
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    Jennifer Bernhard, University of Illinois
    Answered Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 4:54 AM
    Hi, Darshita! I understand your frustration with the situation -- it is a feeling that lots of young women have, especially at this stage in their careers. My advice on this is to put your best foot forward and make sure that you feel confident going ...