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!
Biography
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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Education
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
  • 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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  • Mike, Mech E Student asked Kara Cox, Chevron

    Added Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 6:18 PM

    Hi I am currently finishing up my associates degree in engineering science. This degree has taken me 4 years to do because of having to start from high-school level math, chemistry, and physics. I currently have a 3.33 overall gpa. I have done good in physics, and math is a strong point of mine. I am currently taking dynamics, strength of materials, electrical circuits, and differential equations. I am struggling so much in dynamics, and strength of materials is killing me as well. I’m looking ...
    Answers 1
    Kara Cox, Chevron
    Answered Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 6:18 PM
    Hi Mike! Thanks for asking the question - no it is not a sign!!!! I struggled with a few courses too but I'm really glad I stuck with it. I finished Rice with a 3.2 overall and there were definitely a few Cs in there. I found that the As become a lot ...Read More
  • Sophia, San Angelo, TX asked Kara Cox, Chevron

    Added Sunday, May 26, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    I'm in junior high and I recently went to the Girl Scouts STEM conference. I really love math, science, and making things with my hands. I was wondering if engineering would be a good career to think about or what you would recommend for me to do, especially at this age. =D
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    Kara Cox, Chevron
    Answered Sunday, May 26, 2013 at 11:56 PM
    Sophia - I thnk engineering would be a great career to think about. When I was younger I loved building things too and built my first model airplane when I was 10. I also enjoyed building things out of clay and doing wood working - not typical 'girl' ...Read More
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