Tricia Berry
Tricia Berry
Director, The University of Texas at Austin
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  • Norhan, Kuwait

    Added Friday, September 9, 2016 at 3:40 AM

    I got accepted in a chemical engineering undergraduate program over here. I am not sure if I made the right decision or no, since I like working more with the chemicals and biology but not with construction machines. Which I've lately figured out that this is the whole point if chemical engineering. So I wanted to know more about Chemical engineering. Is it only about constructing machinery or will I be actually able to perform chemical reaction and separations. Another thing, what are the ...
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    Tricia Berry, The University of Texas at Austin
    Answered Friday, September 9, 2016 at 3:40 AM
    Chemical engineering is an extremely broad field where you can impact our world, create products and process that improve lives, and work in just about any industry out there. I went into the chemical industry and then ended up in higher education. My ...
  • Esh, FL asked Tricia Berry, The University of Texas at Austin

    Added Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at 5:33 PM

    Hi, I want to do medical research in the lab. I'm also interested in product design but at a research level, not large scale. My major is molecular biology but I was thinking of changing it to chemical engineering. Are there opportunities in what I'm interested in with just a bachelors degree in chemical engineering (if I don't want to join grad school just after)? I am an international student
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    Tricia Berry, The University of Texas at Austin
    Answered Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at 5:33 PM
    Yes, there are definitely opportunities in research with a bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering. I worked for a few years as a Product Development Engineer in a research lab. I worked on the development of a process and formula for using a Dow ...
  • MJ, Minneapolis

    Added Thursday, December 24, 2015 at 12:51 PM

    Hi Engineers! I'm a junior in High School, and I've been thinking about applying to colleges lately. I've been thinking about couple of options I'd like to major in. I'm mostly interested in chemistry. I'd like to become a cosmetic chemist one day. I'm more interested in the actual product development in the cosmetic industry. I was thinking about applying as a chemical engineering major, but my friends and teachers have been telling me that I could possibly apply as a biochemistry or pharmacy ...
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    Tricia Berry, The University of Texas at Austin
    Answered Thursday, December 24, 2015 at 12:51 PM

    Hi MJ! Definitely sounds like you want to be a cosmetic chemist OR a cosmetic engineer if you're interested in product development. I have lots of engineering friends in the cosmetic engineering space who have been able to do cool things such as work on ...

  • Kiki, Sliver Spring

    Added Friday, April 17, 2015 at 9:40 AM

    Is a Chef an engineer? If so how long do you have to go to college?
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    Tricia Berry, The University of Texas at Austin
    Answered Friday, April 17, 2015 at 9:40 AM
    Kiki: A chef isn't considered an engineer, however engineers are often involved in food processes, farming and other aspects of getting meals to our tables. Here's a great description of what it means to be a chef and some of the things you do as a chef: ...
  • Laura

    Added Monday, July 21, 2014 at 10:55 AM

    Hello! I am currently a rising junior chemistry major and am very interested in going to graduate school for chemical engineering. I am just nervous that because I am only a chemistry major, not chemical engineering, that graduate schools might not accept me into their programs. I am in love with chemistry and am very interested in becoming an engineer as well! The school I am going to now does not even have an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering and I don't want to change schools ...
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    Tricia Berry, The University of Texas at Austin
    Answered Monday, July 21, 2014 at 10:55 AM
    I recommend that you reach out to some graduate program advisors in the chemical engineering programs you would be interested in applying to for graduate school. Often times graduate programs are looking for diversity in their student body and bringing ...
  • Taimia, Islamabad

    Added Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at 1:18 AM

    I want to become chemical engineer, but I am not sure that I will be. I have heard that is hardest degree. I have to do house works also, as health of my mother is not well. I mean I have to manage whole house, I love chemistry but I am doubt full that I will not get high grades in university to become good chemical engineer but I want to take it because it has a lot of lab work which I love to do. Are good grades necessary for this field? Will I get good job if my grades will just average?
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    Tricia Berry, The University of Texas at Austin
    Answered Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at 1:18 AM
    All engineering degrees (and really all college degrees) require work and I'm not sure that chemical engineering is the hardest degree. Each degree is what you make of it and all require hard work and good time management to get it all done. Many ...
  • Confused, San Diego

    Added Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 3:11 AM

    Hi! I am currently majoring in chemical engineering and while it's interesting, I am taking extra mechanical engineering classes along the way because they just seem more interesting. I am also interested in electrical engineering and computer science. Basically, I'm interested in so many things that I've become confused about what to actually do with my life or how to incorporate all these things into a successful and fulfilling career. I was thinking mechanical/electrical for graduate ...
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    Tricia Berry, The University of Texas at Austin
    Answered Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 3:11 AM
    The great thing about engineering is that once you graduate, the disciplines end up overlapping greatly. It's interdisciplinary in the field and you can find a job or company or industry when you graduate that covers multiple areas instead of just one. I ...
  • Jaz asked Tricia Berry, The University of Texas at Austin

    Added Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 7:38 PM

    Hello Tricia, I wonder if it is easy for a mechanical engineer to work as a chemical process engineer? Or ultimately it would be necessary for a person with Mechanical undergrad degree to get a Meng in Chemical Engineering?
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    Tricia Berry, The University of Texas at Austin
    Answered Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 7:38 PM
    Lots of mechanical engineers are hired by chemical companies to work on the chemical processes. Mechanical engineers are needed to help with the materials used, in designing the mechanical equipment, and lots of other related processes. The great thing ...
  • Aamna, United States

    Added Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 10:40 PM

    Hi! I am in a huge dilemma. I am currently a 3rd year mechanical engineering student at my university. It is impacted, so I decided to stick with it. But, I really miss chemistry and I'm starting to think that maybe I like chemistry more than I like mechanics. I don't want to work on engines, cars, etc.,but I want to design power plants, work in the pharmaceutical or food/chemical industry, and my ultimate goal is studying materials science in graduate school, since my university doesn't ...
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    Tricia Berry, The University of Texas at Austin
    Answered Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 10:40 PM
    Aamna, You really aren't in a terrible situation! Mechanical engineering is an extremely broad field and you can go into all the areas you mention with a degree in ME. If you are interested in power plants, ME is a great place to be. And the ...
  • Carlo, high school student, Chicago asked Tricia Berry, The University of Texas at Austin

    Added Monday, May 20, 2013 at 12:46 AM

    Hi, I am a junior in high school and it has come to that time where I have to find my career. I never had a steady interest, it always change between being a Doctor or a Chemical Engineer. I've always have an interest in making a difference and helping people out. What I am afraid of becoming a Chemical Engineer is that, it will bored me, and I will be stuck on it for the rest of my life. I want to be a Doctor but i can;t afford it financially. *How is the daily life of a chemical engineer ...
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    Tricia Berry, The University of Texas at Austin
    Answered Monday, May 20, 2013 at 12:46 AM
    Chemical engineering is an extremely broad field where you can impact our world, create products and process that improve lives, and work in just about any industry out there. I went into the chemical industry and then ended up in higher education. My ...
  • brianne roy, chatham asked Tricia Berry, The University of Texas at Austin

    Added Friday, November 30, 2012 at 8:24 AM

    Dear Tricia Berry, I have always wanted to be a chemical engineer. What is the greatest thing you have made in your career?
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    Tricia Berry, The University of Texas at Austin
    Answered Friday, November 30, 2012 at 8:24 AM

    Hi Brianne!

    Thanks for the question. I'm going to answer it...and then some:

    Chemical engineering is an extremely broad field where you can impact our world, create products and process that improve lives, and work in just about any industry out there. ...

  • Tanisha, Washington D.C. asked Tricia Berry, The University of Texas at Austin

    Added Friday, March 30, 2012 at 5:15 AM

    I'm thinking about being either a chemical or biomedical engineer. My high school offers an engineering course, but would that really help in the type of engineering I want to do?
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    Tricia Berry, The University of Texas at Austin
    Answered Friday, March 30, 2012 at 5:15 AM
    Tanisha, An engineering course would give you some hands-on experiences in creative problem solving which is applicable to all engineering majors. High school engineering courses typically include hands-on projects and a good introduction to the ...
  • Camilla, Windhoek, Namibia asked Tricia Berry, The University of Texas at Austin

    Added Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 9:25 AM

    Hi!! I would like to take up chemical engineering. What would you say are the pros and cons of being a chemical engineer? And what different types of chemical engineering is there? What are the working areas? Mostly labs??
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    Tricia Berry, The University of Texas at Austin
    Answered Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 9:25 AM
    I love the flexibility and creativity involved in being a chemical engineer. With a degree in chemical engineering, I'm ready to tackle a challenge in a variety of fields and have the creativity to come up with a number of solutions. I could head to ...