Karen Thole
Dr. Karen Thole
Professor and Department Head, Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA
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  • Alex, Kelowna

    Added Friday, January 8, 2016 at 11:13 AM

    So I am currently in my second year taking a bachelors in applied science. I am going into mechanical engineering but I am worried that civil engineering is better. I have searched job types for mechanical and a few sound interesting but civil there are also a few that I know I'd enjoy. I was also thinking that I would get a masters degree in arcetecture. Would it be more difficult if I take mechanical engeering as an undergrad? What are the types of mechanical engineering I know the ones ...
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    Karen Thole, Pennsylvania State University
    Answered Friday, January 8, 2016 at 11:13 AM

    Mechanical engineering is one of the broadest engineering disciplines because it was one of the first engineering disciplines many years ago.  Many of the other engineering disciplines, such as aero, electrical, bioengineering, and others actually ...

  • Tierra, MD asked Karen Thole, Pennsylvania State University

    Added Friday, March 30, 2012 at 5:26 AM

    Hi, I was wondering what is mechanical engineering and what they do? I am considering becoming a mechanical engineer after I become a computer programmer. Also does computer programming help in mechanical engineering? Does taking the International Baccalaureate program help in the engineering field? Also I am entering highschool and am going to be taking the IB program.
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    Karen Thole, Pennsylvania State University
    Answered Friday, March 30, 2012 at 5:26 AM
    Dear Tierra from Md: It is very exciting to hear of your interest in mechanical engineering. I will attempt to address a few of your questions: It is difficult to say what mechanical engineers do not do in terms of jobs. Our Penn State ...
  • Kelly, Connecticut asked Michele Miller, Michigan Technological University

    Added Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 4:32 AM

    OK - Every time I make this statement, the response I usually get from people is that they laugh! My family and I have taken several cruises and I absolutely love it. I am amazed at the ship, the design from bow to stern I love everything about it. I am interested in working on building or designing parts of the cruise ship in some way shape or form, but don't know what type of engineering that would fall under and more importantly what colleges would offer those types of studies. Can you ...
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    Karen Thole, Pennsylvania State University
    Answered Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 4:32 AM
    Dear Kelly, Thank you so much for your questions regarding ship design. This is certainly an exciting field and one that is looking for more engineers! My suggestion to you is to major in mechanical engineering. You cannot go wrong in choosing ...