Julia Phillips
Dr. Julia Phillips
Director: Phys., Chem., and Nano Sciences Center, Sandia National Laboratories
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  • Cristina, San Juan, Puerto Rico

    Added Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at 11:00 PM

    I'm currently a mechanical engineering major student who was originally torn between choosing Mechanical and Chemical engineering as my major. I have currently taken a required chemistry course which I enjoyed immensely and passed with the highest grade causing me to once again caused me to question my choice. I am currently considering starting a Chemical E. Major while I finish my Mechanical since besides the specific chemical courses they share many courses. Is this a good choice?? I am ...
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    Julia Phillips, Sandia National Laboratories
    Answered Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at 11:00 PM

    Cristina--  It’s great to hear about your broad interest in engineering!  I think it’s a great idea to branch out beyond your mechanical engineering major to explore other fields that interest you.  Jobs today, and forefront ...

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  • Ella, Claire, Gracie and Alexandra, Seattle

    Added Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 3:09 PM

    Did you have any trouble becoming an engineer? If so, what was the trouble and how did you overcome those problems? If you didn't have problems, what are the types of problems people have? We would like to know because we are doing a project in school about how more girls need to become engineers, so we need more information on the the topic. Thank you! Claire, Ella, Gracie and Alexandra, 4th graders at APP @ Lincoln Elementary
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    Julia Phillips, Sandia National Laboratories
    Answered Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 3:09 PM
    Hi Ella, Claire, Gracie and Alexandra, Thanks for your question – it’s a good one! There are challenges in doing pretty much anything that is worthwhile, and engineering is no exception. I think that one of the most important things is to keep at it, ...Read More
  • Dee, Airmont, NY, USA asked Julia Phillips, Sandia National Laboratories

    Added Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 6:55 AM

    Hi, I'm in my first year of engineering school and I have a couple of question that I hope you can answer:

    1. Is the work that you do more math-related or more thinking-of-ideas-related? I'm asking this because I'm learning so much about calculus and derivatives, etc. I understand what I'm learning but I don't really enjoy working with all those tedious variables and differentiation rules. I though that engineering was about thinking of ingenious designs, but now I'm starting to think that ...

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    Julia Phillips, Sandia National Laboratories
    Answered Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 6:55 AM
    Hi Dee! Thanks for your questions. Youve asked some good ones, and none of them has a single answer. That said, heres my perspective on each of them: 1. My thoughts about this question emphasize one of the things that I think is so great about ...Read More
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