Kara Cox
Kara Cox
Production Team Lead, Chevron
Odessa, TX

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  • What I Do
    I am currently working at Chevron in the Global Power Generation Group. I help design and develop new combined heat and power plants around the world.
  • Why Engineering?
    I always loved figuring things out when I was younger and math and science were very easy for me. It just seems like that's the way my mind works. Engineering was a natural decision for me since those were the classes I was most interested in taking.
  • School Days
    Rice University Bachelor of Science - Mechanical Engineering
  • Best Part
    I like working with colleagues to solve a problem and design a solution. I enjoy learning about new things all the time.
  • Proud Moments
    Graduating from college. Although I fell into my major quite naturally it was a lot of really hard work. There were times I wasn't sure I'd make it.
  • My Family
    My parents have retired and live on a farm in Texas. My oldest and only sister lives in Washington D.C. She graduated from Duke University with degrees in History and Political Science. She is finishing her law degree at Georgetown and works at a public affairs firm managing public policy and corporate communications.
  • Want to be an Engineer?
    Engineering is a field that is continuously growing and changing. You definitely won't get bored being an engineer!
  • Additional Thoughts
    You definitely won't get bored being an engineer!
I graduated from Rice University in 2000 with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. I spent the first 7 years of my career working on propulsion system design and testing in the military defense industry. This included jobs at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company and Bell Helicopter. Although it was very exciting work I wanted to shift my career focus to engineering management in the energy industry. I began working with Chevron as a project engineer in 2007, became a project manager in 2011 and then a project manager in 2013 overseeing the development of a wind farm project in Kazakhstan. In 2015, I returned to the United States and I am currently working as a production team lead at an oil field in Texas. My engineering degree has taken me all over the world and prepared me for all types of new challenges!
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Rice University - BS Mechanical Engineering
Volunteer Opportunities
  • I am willing to be contacted by educators for possible speaking engagements in schools or in after school programs or summer camps.
  • I am willing to serve as a sponsor or coach for an engineering club or team.
  • I am willing to serve as science fair judge or other temporary volunteer at a local school.
Latest Questions
  • namrata, india asked Kara Cox, Chevron

    Added Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 9:21 AM

    i m confused making a choice between mechanical eng and computer eng. i want to know more about these two fields. n as to which one is more suitable as a future career being a female. i m more inclined towards mechanics dealing with motions n applications rather than electromagnetic parts of physics. plz do suggest me about the same...
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    Kara Cox, Chevron
    Answered Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 9:21 AM
    I highly recommend mechanical engineering, especially if you are more interested in dynamics (motions). I doubt that it is easy to be a female engineer in any industry and I think you should stick with what you find most interesting. Mechanical ...Read More
  • Maria, Montreal, Canada

    Added Wednesday, June 27, 2012 at 10:03 AM

    Hi, I have recently graduated with a bachelors of science in physiology. Now I am enrolled as a mechanical engineer. My question is, would my health science background be advantageous in any way? If so, would mechanical or electrical engineering would be better to choose considering the job market? (note that my grades are not good enough for biomedical engineering)
    Answers 1
    Kara Cox, Chevron
    Answered Wednesday, June 27, 2012 at 10:03 AM

    Maria, Thank you for your question. Your health science background will absolutely be advantageous to you in your career. I would personally recommend mechanical engineering but both degrees will be highly valuable in the current job market. I believe ...

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  • Liz, Charleston, SC asked Kara Cox, Chevron

    Added Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    Hello, I was in the navy for a year and a half in the Navy Nuclear Power program and I had to get out due to certain medical issues (nothing terrible). Anyways, the program is split into three separate categories, which in simplest terms were electrical, software and mechanical engineering. I was more in the electrical. After getting out, I realized I wanted to stay in engineering, but I can't seem to choose between electrical and mechanical. I've learned a lot about the electrical, but I am ...
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