Kelly Knight
Dr. Kelly J Knight
Engineering Manager, Bechtel National, Inc.
Reston, VA
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  • Sydney, Freeport, Florida

    Added Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at 1:52 PM

    Hi, my name is Sydney Brown and I want to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering. I am a senior in high school. I began working on cars when I was 11. Now I am currently a race car driver. I am 17 and the youngest and only female race car driver at my local tracks. I drive a Dirt Crate Late Model Race Car. I love racing with a burning passion and want to do it until it kills me. I build, repair, and do all maintenance on my race cars unlike most drivers. I am the only girl in the south that ...
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    Kelly Knight, Bechtel National, Inc.
    Answered Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at 1:52 PM

    Sydney, it is great that you have achieved much as a young age. This experience will serve you well in your career choice and anything else in life. Keep going for what you want.

    Regarding being the best race car driver: a mechanical engineering degree ...

  • Hyewon

    Added Friday, July 11, 2014 at 12:31 PM

    Hi I am going to be a senior in high school and this summer I've been looking at a lot of colleges. I really want to go in as a mechanical engineering major, but a lot of doubts are rising. Do I need to have experience relating to the field before college? I have taken related courses and I'm good at math, although not ahead. School just seems really hard and I guess I don't want to set myself up for something that could fail and waste my time. If you could give me any insight that would be ...
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    Kelly Knight, Bechtel National, Inc.
    Answered Friday, July 11, 2014 at 12:31 PM

    Hi Hyewon, 

    It is always good to has experience in something but in this case, it is not needed. I did not have any experience other than basic high school classes. Your success depends on your willingness to dig in and study and do whatever else ...

  • Alice, Los Angeles, CA asked Kelly Knight, Bechtel National, Inc.

    Added Friday, March 30, 2012 at 4:34 AM

    I am working as a high school math teacher. When I was an undergraduate math student, I have taken some industrial engineering classes and loved them. Now I'm thinking to go back to school to get a master's degree in IE. I'm in my late 20's. Is it too late to become an engineer?
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    Kelly Knight, Bechtel National, Inc.
    Answered Friday, March 30, 2012 at 4:34 AM
    I obtained my Masters around age 35 and my PHD at 41. My initial reasoning was that I was very dissatisfied with what I was doing at the time and made a commitment to myself to walk the path of fulfillment in all of my life and that meant an upper degree ...
  • Xiaoyu, California asked Kelly Knight, Bechtel National, Inc.

    Added Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 9:43 AM

    hello, I have a question on my future career. I'm a master student in civil engineering and about to graduate next summer. I'm thinking about applying for phd study or going right away into the industry. Is a phd degree favored in future work in industry? Or is the experience important to an academia path? Should I work first or study for my phd degree first? Thank you for your kind help.
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    Kelly Knight, Bechtel National, Inc.
    Answered Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 9:43 AM
    Dear Xiaoyu, Your question is a good one. I hope that I can help answer it. The requirement or advantage of having a PHD definitely depends on the field of research and the companies or labs that you are interested in. An example is Boeing. It is a ...