Eva Regnier

Eva Regnier

Title
Associate Professor
Organization
Naval Postgraduate School
Location
Monterey, CA, United States
Eva Regnier
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Biography
Eva Regnier is Associate Professor of Decision Science. Her research interest is decisions under uncertainty, with broad applications, primarily in energy and the natural environment. Examples include estimating the logistics burdens of providing supplies in remote locations with missing infrastructure, estimating the informational value of energy demonstration projects, predicting the more likely locations of pirate activity, and analyzing the tradeoff between lead-time and forecast accuracy in hurricane evacuation decisions. She teaches topics including model-building, statistics, and behavioral decision analysis to managers in the U.S. Department of Defense and equivalent organizations in other countries. It's a lot of fun!
Education
Eva Regnier holds a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering and a M.S. in Operations Research from Georgia Tech, and a B.S. in Environmental Engineering Science from MIT.
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Answers by Eva Regnier

Yes, I have traveled a lot with my current job - I've been to Argentina, Bangladesh, Bosnia, Colombia, Estonia, Germany, Guinea, Kenya, Portugal, Scotland, Slovakia, South Africa, Thailand, .... Most of that travel was to teach, which is an unusual reason for engineers to travel. Academics often travel for conferences, and that includes international travel.

I don’t have direct experience with any of those learning disorders, and I’m not aware of any of my engineering colleagues having them, but I do have a friend with dyslexia who is a biologist. I asked her, since scientists and engineers face many of the same difficulties. This is what she had to say:

“I have problems putting thoughts into writing. My spelling is horrendous and reading is very slow for me. While I have difficulties in those areas, I think it has made me more adept at other things. I feel like I have an aptitude for certain types of math and have an artistic eye, which my parents always attributed to the dyslexia. To be honest, I have not really thought about it much since I was in grade school. I feel like it has not hindered me. … I was tutored early on and given learning techniques that have become so integrated that I don't really remember what they are.”

Your comment about “An engineer who can't sit still long enough to read a paragraph seems to be earmarked for failure” is pretty strong, and sounds like ADD rather than dyslexia. I think that if you can get through school, an engineering background will be valuable to you in many fields (e.g. law, management), but you might want to seek jobs that are matched with your strengths. These might include engineering jobs, but some engineering jobs require a lot of sitting and focusing. You’ll want to think about job requirements more carefully than the typical student during your job search. But the fact that you've made it this far in engineering despite the extra challenges indicates that you've got determination and the ability to seek out the resources you need, which will serve you well.
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