Jill S. Tietjen
Jill S. Tietjen
President and CEO, Technically Speaking, Inc.
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I am proud to work in the electric utility industry - helping to provide electricity to power our world. I serve as a consultant and provide expert witness services in the areas of planning for power plants and rates. For over 30 years, I have worked to get more women in the engineering field. An engineering career is so meaningful - engineers make the world work.

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B.S., Applied Mathematics (minor, Electrical Engineering), University of Virginia. M.B.A., University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Registered Professional Engineer, Colorado.
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Latest Questions
  • Hannah , Toledo, Ohio

    Added Sunday, March 13, 2016 at 4:29 PM

    I am currently taking a computer architecture and organization class for my undergraduate in Electrical Engineering. I am a sophomore and I am starting to get worried that maybe this is not the major for me. I do not know if it is the class or the professor that makes me feel this way. I love my circuits class and I enjoy my extra non-major/gen-ed classes. I was not so great in Digital Logic and Design either. Is Electrical Engineering something I really want or should I look into something ...
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    Jill S. Tietjen, Technically Speaking, Inc.
    Answered Sunday, March 13, 2016 at 4:29 PM

    Dear Hannah,  

    You ask a very important question (quite similar to one that an undergraduate in mechanical engineering asked me last week).  No, it is not important that you love every class that you take in engineering.  In fact, I ...

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  • Ronnie, Hopkinsville, KY

    Added Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at 5:01 PM

    I'm currently 20 and graduated high school in 2012. I've finally made the decision of going to college and I'm wanting to go for a bs in ee. Doing two years at a community college and then transferring over to a uni. Is this a good route to go? I'm not 100% positive that this is what I want to do and I am afraid of student loans being too much. what should I do? should I just go for a certificate to be an electrician or make the giant leap and do something greater and become an ee? Or maybe ...
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    Jill S. Tietjen, Technically Speaking, Inc.
    Answered Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at 5:01 PM


    Yes, I highly encourage you to pursue the community college route on the way to your BS in EE.  Many students – in fact, about half – enroll in community college for the first two years of their engineering education.  It ...

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  • Kala, USA

    Added Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    Hi, I am currently a senior in High School, about to apply to Universities and am very interested in Engineering. What is the business side of engineering? Do most industrial engineers work in the office? What exactly do engineers usually wear? Thanks for the help! [;
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    Jill S. Tietjen, Technically Speaking, Inc.
    Answered Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    Hello Kala,

     You have asked some excellent questions. Engineers always have to consider cost, time, and labor when they think about their projects. For example, in my work, helping to select the new power plant for an electric utility, ...

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