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  • Mary, Manila, Philippines asked Alicia Bailey, Sain Associates

    Added 4 days AGO

    Good day, Engr. Alicia. I have already graduated with a degree that is far related from civil engineering. I followed my parents' decision for me at that time. But now that I'm making my own money, I want to follow my heart's calling. I have always wanted to be a civil engineer. My mum is an engineer, as well and she didn't think I would survive engineering classes because I am not that good at maths and physics. But when I look at the buildings, bridges, tunnels, and contemplate how those are ...
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  • Elie, Philippines

    Added 7 days AGO

    Hi girls! I'm Ellie, a licensed Mechanical Engineer based here in the Philippines. I started working since 2013 as Project Coordinator and now as a Purchaser. My problem now is that i felt like I'm falling out of love of my career. It feels like i'm not interested in engineering anymore. But I don't even know what will i do if i quit my job. I don't know what to do now. It's really a struggle to wake up every morning knowing that i will leave my apartment doing a thing i don't love anymore. ...
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  • Niita, Bangalore

    Added 9 days AGO

    Hello, I am currently in my final semester of my B.E Computer Science Engineering. The only thing I've realized is that I am not such a good coder, maybe that's why I haven't got placed yet in any of the companies that has visited my campus. Back in my college days, I was inclined towards Physics and always wanted to take up Aeronautics/Aerospace as a Career then, but seeing that CSE was easier I opted for that. Now that I know CSE isn't for me, can I pursue in Aeronautics? How can I validate ...
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    Answered 9 days AGO

    Dear Niita, 

    Something similar happened to me. I completed my undergraduate degree in physics and decided that it was not what I wanted to do forever. I decided to go to graduate school for  engineering. My physics background gave me a unique ...

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  • Alexandra, Chicago, IL asked Erin Brooks, Tesla Motors

    Added Monday, January 9, 2017 at 10:55 PM

    Hello, My name is Alex and I happened to stumble on this website in search for some engineering advice. I currently study environmental science but have found myself extremely interested in engineering, especially when it comes to cars and transportation. The university I am currently attending doesn't have any engineering programs so I would have to transfer to a different school. I am about to finish my third year of school, and I am nervous that if I switch now it would be too late for me or ...
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  • Lia, Hamilton

    Added Monday, January 9, 2017 at 10:15 PM

    I'm in my final year of high school, and I am trying to decide between Civil and Mechanical Engineering. I am currently leaning towards Civil, but would that mean I would have to travel frequently? I do not mind travelling from time to time, but I do want to be close to friends and family. I also heard that there were design firms, where civil engineers have office jobs, but do they require previous experience of being on-site (which probably means travelling a lot?) ? Would it also require ...
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    Laura Helbling, JC Hines & Associates, LLC
    Answered Monday, January 9, 2017 at 10:15 PM
    I am a geotechnical engineer, a field of civil engineering that focuses on the mechanics of subsurface soil and rock and the design of structures placed on these materials. I work for a consulting firm that specializes in retaining wall design. ...
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  • Jacqueline, Houston

    Added Monday, January 9, 2017 at 12:04 PM

    What do you say would be the most difficult task within applying for jobs that have to do with engineering and also the fact that you're a girl? Like the criticism and the sexist comments. I would like to get advice in how you decide to retrieve the situation.
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    Jocelyn Cole, Penny Hydraulics Ltd
    Answered Monday, January 9, 2017 at 12:04 PM

    I’m lucky enough not to have had to have a job interview for a few years but I’ve been through interviews for certain roles and most recently my Chartership, and I can’t actually think of a time where I’ve faced criticism or ...

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  • Joanna, Thessaloniki asked Yusan Lin, Penn State University

    Added Saturday, January 7, 2017 at 2:49 PM

    Hello, I am an Electrical and Computer Engineer Student who adores fashion! I have one big problem, I feel like I am lost and I don't know whether I have chose the right field of studies for me. I like the topic theoretically, but my real passion is fashion. I really admire what you do, and I was wondering whether you could give me some advice so that I can find a solution and feel better about myself. Please, I am in a real bad place right now, thinking how I could have ruined my life by ...
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  • N

    Added Friday, January 6, 2017 at 10:59 PM

    Hi. I am a girl in my last year of high school. I am not a math genius, but I am good enough. Originally, I wanted to take environmental eng major in college, but my father opposed me. I live in a developing country where many people -but not all- are still not environmentally conscious, my father said that this major and job field is rather under appreciated in my country. I did some browsing and found out that other ways to become an environmental eng is to have a degree in civil eng or ...
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  • Alice, Bath

    Added Thursday, January 5, 2017 at 2:28 PM

    Hi! I am really interested in pursuing a career in engineering, with a particular interest in renewable energy. I would like to be doing quite hands on stuff, like designing things. I am not really sure whether mechanical or civil would be best for this! Or which one I would prefer to do - what do you think would be best for this? Or is most likely to cover this topic? Also, I am looking into taking a gap year before I go to university, but some people have told me this isn't good for an ...
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  • Delia, CivilI Aviation Safety Investigation and Analysis Center/Bucharest asked April Blackwell, Lockheed Martin / NASA

    Added Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at 1:27 PM

    My question for you is: How hard is it for someone who doesn't have American citizenship to get a job at NASA, or any other Aerospace job? I'm 24, I'm an Aerospace Engineer curently studying a Master in Air Transport Engineering, but as you know there's not too much aerospace going on in Romania. Therefore I'm intrested in the chances I have for practicing in the field I've studied because at this point the future doesn't seem that bright.
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  • Emily , California

    Added Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at 12:52 AM

    I am a freshman in high school, and I would like to become an engineer in the future. I have been debating between aerospace and biomechanical engineering. I have recently been interested in working for companies working on research in space and beyond, notably SpaceX and Nasa. However, I do have an adoration for technology in the biology field, as I do have interest in biology along with an engineering twist. However, I have heard there are not many opportunities for biomechanical engineers. ...
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    Answered Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at 12:52 AM

    Dear Emily, 

    At NASA we need expertise in a broad range of fields. As we try to figure out how to enable humans to live Mars there are many engineering and biological challenges to be solved. 

    Some examples of biomedical engineering work ...

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  • Ellie, Minneapolis, Minnesota

    Added Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at 10:59 PM

    Hey, My name is Ellie and I really have a passion for the outdoors and want to find a career where I can directly help the environment. I am currently a freshman in college with the intended major of chemical engineering. I have heard from quite a few people that there is really no such thing as engineers that help the environment and most of what they do is managing plants or working in the food industry. My main question is how likely is it that I will find a career that is beneficial to the ...
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  • Alya R., central Christian School, St. Louis, MO asked Jennifer Verde, Altamont Environmental

    Added Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at 1:14 PM

    Dear Ms. Verde, When I grow up I want to be an environmental strategist or environmental engineer. Could you tell me how environmental engineers help the environment? I know that's what an environmental engineer does. Can you also tell me if you make any products? I hope you can answer my questions soon! Thank you for reading my message! Sincerely, Alya
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  • Tyler, Central Christian School, St. Louis, MO asked Yvette Gengler, Independent Mining Consultants, Inc.

    Added Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at 1:06 PM

    Dear Ms. Gengler, I am a fourth grade student from St. Louis. I would wish to ask you a few questions. What projects have you been working on? Is your job easy or dangerous? I'm so into geological engineers! Thank you for reading my letter and please respond. Thank you. Sincerely, Tyler
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  • George, Treforest asked April Blackwell, Lockheed Martin / NASA

    Added Sunday, January 1, 2017 at 12:34 PM

    Dear April I am a 2nd Year Aeronautical Engineering Student at the University of Southwales in the UK. As of next year I will have graduated from my course, but it got me thinking whether or not I chose the right uni. I am well aware that the uni that I am enrolled in is by far not a good one for Aeronautical Engineering. I have also discussed this with some members of staff and unfortunately they agree. Me and my course leader are trying to change this but not much is happening from the ...
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  • Samika, California

    Added Wednesday, December 28, 2016 at 5:44 PM

    Hello! I want to major in biomedical engineering. I am currently a sophomore. I want to get into a good college and I was wondering how I could improve my chances to get into a good engineering college. What classes should I take and how can I find engineering internships? I really want to find a good internship, but it's so hard, especially for high school kids. Are there any programs out there that would help me get into college and also give me experience? Any advice is appreciated. Thank ...
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    Eva Hayward, Eco-Site
    Answered Wednesday, December 28, 2016 at 5:44 PM
    Hello, Samika! You have so much excitement ahead! Congratulations on your choice to become an engineer. I know I am biased but I can’t imagine a better path for you to take. You will have so many ways to impact the world in the years ahead as you apply ...
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  • Liza, New Jersey

    Added Saturday, December 24, 2016 at 9:37 AM

    I'm concerned I won't be able to handle the work load if I major in Engineering in college. Can anyone tell me about their experiences as an engineering student in college? Did you have time for hobbies? How many hours of studying did you do daily? Was is worth it?
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    Answered Saturday, December 24, 2016 at 9:37 AM

    Hi Liza,

    When I first started my first year in college, I was a little scared and intimidated of my engineering classes. I remembered my very first electrical engineering class was a three hour class every wednesday. I remembered feeling so behind in ...

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  • Linnea

    Added Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at 6:55 PM

    Hello, I started my college career in physics and have since realized that it may not be best suited to my goals. My number one goal is to help the environment, so I've been going back and forth between environmental and civil engineering. I am wondering which of these would give me the most options to help the environment while also having job security. Can you please help me to discern the two or possibly point me in the best direction? Thank you!
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