Surya Mallapragada
Dr. Surya Mallapragada
Professor, Iowa State University
Ames, IA
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  • Lily, Toronto, Canada asked Surya Mallapragada, Iowa State University

    Added Thursday, October 22, 2015 at 10:10 PM

    Hello! I'm a student in the eleventh grade who is very interested in chemical engineering - I was simply wondering what the a typical day on the job looks like and if there are more qualitative/quantitative lab experiments (or perhaps both?). Also, if it's more of a teamwork or individual effort for a project. Thank you so much and have a lovely day :)
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  • Sukhada, Amt asked Surya Mallapragada, Iowa State University

    Added Saturday, June 13, 2015 at 1:24 PM

    Hello, I have just passed my 12th with decent score here in India and had opted for iit....I cracked it but with the rank I got ,I would not get any good iit. That's why I might have to look for nits and other Colleges now. I love chemistry and maths and that's why I have inclination towards chemical engineering.But everyone around me including my dad (who is also an engineer) and teachers are telling me that it is not very promising career option and it is very different from college ...
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  • Rania, Columbia

    Added Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 1:42 PM

    Hi! I'm 17 years old, and I want to become a chemical engineer. I was accepted to colleges that do not have engineering as a major. I realized late that I wanted to become a chemical engineer instead of a chemist and the issue is that I have a scholarship for college but cannot switch the college I am attending to. Is it possible to major in chemistry and still become a chemical engineer or should I opt for a master in chemical engineering? Or can I take classes outside of college during ...
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    Surya Mallapragada, Iowa State University
    Answered Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 1:42 PM
    It is possible to major in chemistry as an undergraduate and become a chemical engineer, if you pursue a graduate degree in chemical engineering. Taking more calculus and math courses during your undergraduate study while pursuing a chemistry degree will ...Read More
  • Lakshmi, Delhi, India

    Added Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at 8:31 AM

    Hi I'm Lakshmi, from Delhi. I love chemistry and was thinking about taking up chemical engineering. But everyone around me is telling me that this field is not for girls. I am really annoyed. Right now I am not really sure whether I should really take up chemical. Also my marks in JEE Mains are just alright. I am really confused and scared about my future! Please advice me!
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    Surya Mallapragada, Iowa State University
    Answered Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at 8:31 AM

    Lakshmi, please do not be swayed by uninformed opinions that chemical engineering is not for girls. If you love chemistry and math, chemical engineering is a very good career option for you. I grew up in India myself and went through the JEE system ...

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  • xyz, United Arab Emirates

    Added Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 4:56 AM

    Hello, I just finished my 12th in UAE. I have heard that B.Tech chemical engineering has a great scope and I do not dislike the subject either but I would like to know what is the work really done by a chemical engineer. What post would I be first getting if I graduate as a chemical engineer and also what are the specializations in it. I have also heard that it involves working in industrial area which is not a good option for girls. Secondly, if its not chemical engineering I was planning to ...
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    Surya Mallapragada, Iowa State University
    Answered Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 4:56 AM

    As a chemical engineer, you can work in a diversity of different fields- petrochemicals, commodity chemicals, food industry, semiconductor industry etc. to name a few. You can work in  a chemical plant as a process engineer, but you can also choose ...

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  • Cheryl, Shanghai, China

    Added Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 9:21 AM

    Hello, I am a student in Shanghai, China. Next year I will be in 10th grade, which is first year of high school in my country, second year in high school in the United States. I wish to get a college degree in chemical engineering in the US, and I have three years ahead to prepare for it.I am aware that good American colleges have very high expectations on foreign students, especially asians. So, besides getting very high grades on my courses, what else can I do to impress them?Thank you.
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    Surya Mallapragada, Iowa State University
    Answered Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 9:21 AM

    In addition to grades, your SAT or ACT scores are important. If you have any significant extracurricular activities and/or leadership experiences, that would help as well to show the breadth of activities that you have been involved in, and to show that ...

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  • Vivian, Hawaii asked Surya Mallapragada, Iowa State University

    Added Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 7:17 AM

    Hi. I am in the middle of my sophomore year at Whittier College and I finally feel sure that I want to become an engineer (either geotechnical or chemical). However my school has a 3-2 Engineering Program where you do 3 years at Whittier and finish your degree by doing 2 years at USC. But because I just discovered a new found interest for engineering, it is too late for me to join my school's engineering program. So what I want to know is, if I double major in math and physics, how will it ...
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  • Lim Shi, Malaysia asked Surya Mallapragada, Iowa State University

    Added Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 8:38 AM

    1) Do chemical engineers need to work with machines and operate the chemical plant? 2) Does a research engineer work in offices or chemical plant? 3) Does a chemical engineer need to do maintenance work?
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