Missy Cummings
Missy Cummings
Aeronautical/Aerospace Engineer, Duke University
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  • R.Narayana, Salem, India

    Added Monday, June 13, 2016 at 4:07 AM

    Hello Mam, I always had an idea of working for Boeing because of the history it had. I am doing my B.E. Mechanical Engineering in India. I have a doubt...... Will Boeing accept new ideas and new designs for constructing a new type of plane from an individual or a small group for people to travel with the design being completely different and innovative?
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    Missy Cummings, Duke University
    Answered Monday, June 13, 2016 at 4:07 AM

    The best way to get Boeing or any other aerospace company to notice your ideas is to enter a design contest sponsored by your school, companies, and government agencies. Organizations like AUVSI, AIAA, NASA and many other international agencies will ...

  • Genesis, Chicago, Illinois

    Added Tuesday, September 1, 2015 at 3:12 PM

    Hello! Just wondering, is it hard to get into good engineering programs? I am a sophomore in high school and my dream is to go to MIT, but I would also enjoy going to University of Michigan. Either way, thank you!! hope my question gets answered :DD -Genesis
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    Missy Cummings, Duke University
    Answered Tuesday, September 1, 2015 at 3:12 PM

    It takes a lot of hard work to get into any engineering program but hard work is not the same as hard! My advice is to take as much math, physics, and programming as possible in high school, and then take a SAT/ACT preparation course. The top engineering ...

  • Amanda, Greenville, SC

    Added Thursday, June 12, 2014 at 10:00 AM

    Hi: I have a bachelors degree in Biology form Clemson University. After I graduated I took a few years off to travel with my husband. I am now on the hunt for my masters degree. I was looking at a masters in aerospace engineering. The university near by has a lot of hands on opportunities with Boeing near by. My question is how well would I far with my back ground? Is there some extra undergraduate courses that I should take to help prepare for my transition?
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    Missy Cummings, Duke University
    Answered Thursday, June 12, 2014 at 10:00 AM

    Every school has different entry requirements for its graduate programs so it is important that you check with your specific program. You will need at least a minimum of three semesters of calculus and likely a course in linear algebra. You can never ...

  • Atiqah, Malaysia

    Added Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at 11:21 AM

    Hello, can you please explain more about air-craft engineering? I want to major in air-craft engineering but I don't know anything about it.
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    Missy Cummings, Duke University
    Answered Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at 11:21 AM

    A great introductory text to aerospace systems and engineering is “Introduction to Flight” by John Anderson. And I recommend exploring the Smithsonian Air and Space website for lots of great visuals.

    Professor Cummings

  • Pamela , La Mesa asked Missy Cummings, Duke University

    Added Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 9:26 PM

    I have always loved flying! I'm going into my senior year of high school and am very excited for college! I am planning in majoring in aerospace engineering with a minor in physics and was very curious about what career options there are after my schooling is completed. If you could point me in the direction of career opportunities available to female aerospace engineers, that would be awesome! Thank you for your time!
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  • Siana, Fairfield, CA

    Added Friday, July 5, 2013 at 9:38 PM

    Hello! I am a Junior at Vanden HS. I plan on going to college for engineering and eventually plan on joining the Navy. I am still bouncing back and for between which engineering field I want to make a career out of. I have a few colleges and universities in mind however i wanted know hear from y'all. Where do you think would be the best place, within reason of course?
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    Missy Cummings, Duke University
    Answered Friday, July 5, 2013 at 9:38 PM

    There are many excellent engineering programs in California as well as across the country. If you are interested in a scholarship from the Navy, look for schools with a Navy Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC). However, you can still join the Navy ...

  • Lisa, Utah

    Added Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    Hi, I am a junior in High School and will be graduating with my associates degree and high school diploma next year. I am trying to figure what I engineering major I should do for my Bachelors, I want to go into the engineering field because I want to sign up with the Navy as an Officer (Which you need a bachelors degree for.) My main dilemma is I want to become a Biomedical Engineer and like I said above I also have a dream of joining the Navy, but the Navy will not accept you into ...
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    Missy Cummings, Duke University
    Answered Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    The Navy's officer program will accept you if you already have a biomedical engineering degree into one of their direct entry programs (like Officer Candidate School), but if you want to go to college on a Navy scholarship, then they only provide ...

  • shikha, delhi asked Missy Cummings, Duke University

    Added Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 7:43 AM

    Dear Mam, since childhood my daughter used to see the discovery channel and was very much impressed by the Aeronautical Engineers. Now she has completed her schooling and is likely to join college for Mechanical Engineering. After that she wants to do her masters degree in Aeronautical Engineering. I am a little bit confused about her decision regading the job prospects. Can you please help me? Its urgent.
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    Missy Cummings, Duke University
    Answered Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 7:43 AM
    I think your daughters plan is an excellent one. Mechanical Engineering is a more general degree than Aerospace Engineering, with significant overlap in many of the courses. In fact, in the US, many departments are combined Mechanical and Aerospace. As ...