Anne Spence
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Professor of the Practice, University of Maryland Baltimore County
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  • Beatrice

    Added Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 4:02 PM

    I'm in the second year of my aerospace degree and despite doing well in my courses and enjoying and understanding the material, I feel like I'm not good enough to be a good engineer. Being the only girl in my class I feel doubtful when i see so many other students knowing exactly what they want to do and where and why, while I don't even know a lot about what I'm going to do with my degree... Help?
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    Anne Spence, University of Maryland Baltimore County
    Answered Monday, May 15, 2017 at 12:44 PM
    My dear, Beatrice.
    It is not unusual for you to feel this way. Trust me when I say that very few of the guys in your class have these feelings and they are most likely getting much poorer grades than you are! As women, we often must fight against the ...
  • Nkosinomusa, Graduate Engineer/ Bulawayo Zimbabwe

    Added Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at 9:23 AM

    I graduated with a BSc Aeronautical Engineering degree but have failed to get employment as an engineer. Have always wanted to be an engineer from the time i was a young girl. How do I keep relevant without being employed as an engineer? Is pursuing a masters the right step or will this completely take me out of the job market and make me unemployable? How can I secure employment in this environment Regards
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    Anne Spence, University of Maryland Baltimore County
    Answered Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at 9:23 AM
    Great question! You will definitely BE EMPLOYABLE with a masters degree. It is becoming more important in the aerospace industry. Also check in with folks that you know to make sure that your resume looks good. Ask for advice on your interviewing style. ...
  • Rahul, Sri Lanka, Colombo

    Added Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 11:49 AM

    I'm Rahul. I just want to clarify the fact that I'm a commerce student and I love air craft engineering but the problem is that I'm a commerce student :'/ so I just wanted to know that is there any other alternative way that I could do aircraft engineering as commerce student?
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    Anne Spence, University of Maryland Baltimore County
    Answered Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 11:49 AM
    Hi, Rahul.
    Most of the aerospace engineering courses require a lot of Calculus and physics. It would be impossible for a student with a commerce degree to be hired as an aerospace engineer. You could consider a Master's degree from Embry ...
  • Kai R

    Added Monday, January 20, 2014 at 5:03 PM

    I'm a Freshman girl in the Engineering pathway in high school and i think i am interested in Aerospace engineering or mechanical engineering. I was wondering if Aerospace engineers work with building newer engines or power for space shuttles and/or rovers and such.
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    Anne Spence, University of Maryland Baltimore County
    Answered Monday, January 20, 2014 at 5:03 PM
    Hi, Kai!
    Yes, aerospace engineers (as well as mechanical engineers) might work on building newer engines or power systems for space shuttles and/or rovers. AEs will probably do more with rocket engines or turbo-fan/turbo-prop/jet engines but MEs can ...
  • Beth, Virginia asked Anne Spence, University of Maryland Baltimore County

    Added Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 7:26 AM

    I am a high school senior interested in engineering, but I'm not sure exactly which specific field. I have been accepted to a number of colleges and am having a hard time choosing which to attend. Does it matter which school I choose for my undergraduate work? Some colleges are less well known and less selective and I have been offered generous scholarships there, some are more selective but will cost more. One of the iniversities is known as the best in my state, but I have heard that the ...
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    Anne Spence, University of Maryland Baltimore County
    Answered Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 7:26 AM
    Make sure that you choose a university that is accredited by ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology). This assures you that you can apply to become a PE (Professional Engineer) after 5 years of working as an engineer. Next you should ...
  • Fiona, Ireland asked Jan Hilbi, Laughing Moon Studios

    Added Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    Hey, there! I'm hopefully off to university next year and am hoping to study engineering. I love maths and I also study physics and chemistry. I love art too and I think my creative side would be helpful in engingeering. I like to design things and know how they work. Problem is I haven't a clue what area to specialise in. I have an awful tendancy to like everything I do anyways! I dunno if this question has been asked before but I'd greatly appreciate any help. I need to make up my mind pretty ...
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    Anne Spence, University of Maryland Baltimore County
    Answered Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 9:42 AM
    Fiona: Sounds like you might be interested in creating your own major. We allow students to do that here at UMBC. Maybe a combination of engineering and visual arts. Faculty in our department of mechanical engineering are working with a visual arts ...