Cindy Sheu

Cindy Sheu

Field Construction Engineer
URS Corporation
Cindy Sheu
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I graduated from the University of Southern California with my Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering back in 2009. I am a mother of 3 little ones. I faced many difficult life challenges in my pursuit of my degree and job. During the whole process of job hunting after college I got married, and my husband was an active duty service member until recently. I am currently working with URS as a field construction engineer. "Nothing is impossible if a person is willing to put their mind to it," has always been my moto in life. I am very willing to mentor or answer any question anyone might have.

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My inspiration to be a Civil Engineer was to join the engineer without boarder and help the people who are less fortunate to have a quality of living. Although that didn't come true but this path have lead me to work on some very eye opening project though. 

Hi Lisa,
I used to work with a geotechnical engineering firm that specialized in designing foundations for windmills. I personally have a Civil Engineering degree. There is a lot of work for Environmental engineers but mainly on feasibility studies of windmills. It was fun working with them. Best of luck on your adventure.

The way I interpret your question sounds like this is generally aimed towards when you graduate. I am currently working as a field construction engineer, and I do work about 50-72 hours a week depending on what is going on. I've got 3 small children and a husband. Is it hard? Yes, but it is not impossible. We try to make every minute count. There are people at my work that are managing a master degree while working and have a family of their own as well. It is hard, but not impossible. Like everything, you need a plan on whichever way you go. Best of luck.

Communication will be your best friend when it comes to being a successful engineer. I had a boss once told me that, he meet a man who were a genius but had a hard time getting his idea across or organize it so others will understand him. It took a team of 5 people who went and talk to him and get his idea patent and now it is use for renewable energy foundation. The idea is so great that this one idea is sold around the world now. If the guy could communicate his idea across, he would of sold this idea about 15 years ago and be a millionair today. 
There is plenty of other jobs for biomedical engineers other than researcher. I personally got a God-brother who is working for a medical supply company as their lead sales engineer. Good luck with whichever way you choose. 

I major in Structural Engineering, but I am working as a field construction engineer right now. Depends on which category you want to be in. I work with Naval Structure engineer and they do travel a lot. A lot of my classmate I had graduate with they don't travel as much. Depends on what you want to do. 

I am a 19 year old student who took time off to figure out what exactly I wanted to go to school for. In high school, I had never taken Physics, Calculus and Chemistry but I exceptionally excel naturally in Math. Doing research I realized that Civil Engineering is exactly what I believe I will excel immensely in and also love to do. Currently I am trying to get my prerequisites finished but in all honesty I feel as if there's a lot to do and not much time - it stresses me out a great deal from time to time. In order to get where I need to be to apply for school I must bring up my English mark (currently at 72%) and complete grade 11 and grade 12 physics, chemistry, gr 12 math and calculus. I am worried that my marks will not be good enough for the school I dream to go to - Lassonde school of Engineering at York University. The average for admissions is 80% and no prerequisite mark should be under 70%. I think I can meet these requirements as my electives are all over 90% but I am worried about the competition to get in and also everyone around me discourages me quite a great deal. They feel as if I am incapable. I have until January to apply and also complete a personal application where I can be as creative as I desire. I guess my questions would be, if I do not get into the school I would prefer, what other schools would be ideal as I do not think sitting in a lecture hall with 300 people would be a good fit for me. I ideally picked the school as it has a new system - Smaller classrooms, assignments in class with help, working with peers, hands on etc. If there is any advice you can give me that can help me on my path, it would be greatly appreciated please and thank you.

Try to talk to your academic counselor. I am not sure how the school in Canada works, but I will presume that it should be the same here in the USA. Figure out a game plan on what you need to get done in order to move on to a school that will offer you a degree you need. Believe in yourself and try to strive. I didn't do very well in high school but when I hit college, I got my act together and finish strong. Also it doesn't hurt to just apply to as many school as you can afford. I also volunteer a lot, and here in the US they do take it into account for college application.