Katherine Faber
Katherine Faber
Walter P. Murphy Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Northwestern University
Evanston, IL
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  • Aj, Singapore

    Added Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at 8:09 AM

    Hello! I am interested in studying material science & engineering but the university I intend to apply to does not offer this specific course. Will chemical engineering be a sufficiently close substitute, such that it would provide me with sufficient foundation to do a graduate degree on MSE in the future, or would Natural Sciences be a better choice for now? Thank you! :)
    Answers 1
    Katherine Faber, Northwestern University
    Answered Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at 8:09 AM
    Hi Aj,
    
    Some chemical engineering programs have courses and research in "soft" or polymeric or biological materials.  These would certainly give you a foundation for graduate studies in materials science and engineering.  Alternatively, some mechanical ...
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  • Sherry , Northford

    Added Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 10:13 AM

    For my daughter and all my artistic students, what opportunities are there to combine your artistic talents as a visual artist with engineering?
    Answers 1
    Katherine Faber, Northwestern University
    Answered Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 10:13 AM

    Dear Sherry,

    Thanks for your question and for your interest in engineering for your daughter and your students.  Art does not have to be divorced from science and engineering.  My training is in materials science and engineering, and I have ...

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  • Hope, Philippines asked Katherine Faber, Northwestern University

    Added Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 6:38 AM

    Why do so many engineers seem to prefer to be a professor rather than working in their field of work?
    Related to Education, Work Environment, Working with People
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    Katherine Faber, Northwestern University
    Answered Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 6:38 AM
    Dear Hope, Thanks for your question. The greatest thing about being a professor is that I get to work with students AND work in my field of study. In addition to teaching in the classroom, I have a laboratory in which my students and I study new ...Read More
    Julia Weertman, Northwestern University
    Answered Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 6:38 AM
    Dear Hope: Thank you for your question, "Why do so many engineers prefer to become professors rather than work for a company in the field for which they are trained?" (Did I interpret your question correctly?) First, there really are many more ...Read More
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