Alicia Dwyer Cianciolo
Alicia Dwyer Cianciolo
Aerospace engineer, NASA
Cosby, MO
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  • Niita, Bangalore

    Added Saturday, January 14, 2017 at 7:23 PM

    Hello, I am currently in my final semester of my B.E Computer Science Engineering. The only thing I've realized is that I am not such a good coder, maybe that's why I haven't got placed yet in any of the companies that has visited my campus. Back in my college days, I was inclined towards Physics and always wanted to take up Aeronautics/Aerospace as a Career then, but seeing that CSE was easier I opted for that. Now that I know CSE isn't for me, can I pursue in Aeronautics? How can I validate ...
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    Answered Saturday, January 14, 2017 at 7:23 PM

    Dear Niita, 

    Something similar happened to me. I completed my undergraduate degree in physics and decided that it was not what I wanted to do forever. I decided to go to graduate school for  engineering. My physics background gave me a unique ...

  • Emily , California

    Added Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at 12:52 AM

    I am a freshman in high school, and I would like to become an engineer in the future. I have been debating between aerospace and biomechanical engineering. I have recently been interested in working for companies working on research in space and beyond, notably SpaceX and Nasa. However, I do have an adoration for technology in the biology field, as I do have interest in biology along with an engineering twist. However, I have heard there are not many opportunities for biomechanical engineers. ...
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    Answered Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at 12:52 AM

    Dear Emily, 

    At NASA we need expertise in a broad range of fields. As we try to figure out how to enable humans to live Mars there are many engineering and biological challenges to be solved. 

    Some examples of biomedical engineering work ...

  • Tisha, London

    Added Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    Hey, I am currently considering taking up either a mechanical or aeronautical engineering course at university but I'm struggling with trying to convince myself that this course will suit me. After attending various open days and taster courses engineering is definitely satisfying me and I wish I found out a lot earlier so that I could have participated in more relevant activities. The time is coming for me to write my personal statement for my university application, when I read past examples ...
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    Answered Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    Dear Tisha,

    It is never too late! I never took an engineering class until I decided to get a masters in it. I finished my bachelors degree in physics and decided that it was not a career path that suited me. Perhaps I felt the same way you do. I had ...

  • Hope, North America asked Alicia Dwyer Cianciolo, NASA

    Added Friday, March 30, 2012 at 7:13 AM

    I'm in seventh grade, and I want to be an aerospace engineer when I grow up. All my life, I've wanted to travel in space and become an aerospace engineer. I do great in science and arithmetic, but I struggle with algebra. I know that is a vital skill engineers use a lot, especially since my dad is one. What should I do? How can I achieve my dream?
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    Answered Friday, March 30, 2012 at 7:13 AM
    Dear Hope, Dont get discouraged. If becoming an aerospace engineer is what you want then you have to find a way to make it happen. Talk to your teacher and ask for additional help or find a good tutor. I know that many colleges have a guidance ...
  • Natalie, Atacadero, CA asked Alicia Dwyer Cianciolo, NASA

    Added Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 7:19 AM

    Ever since I was in 5th grade I have wanted to be an aeronautical engineer. I know that I will have to go to school for a long time, but in my mind it's worth it if I can do what I love. What I'm trying to ask is, what is an aeronautical engineer's job like, I mean what does the daily job require to be done? If you could answer this for me I would really appreciate it. Thanks! Also, Do I need a Ph.D to design robots that explore other planets and collect samples? -Natalie
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    Answered Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 7:19 AM
    Natalie, The requirement of a Ph.D to design robots that explore other planets really depends on what part of the robot design you would like to do. To put a robot on another planet requires MANY different kinds of jobs. For instance, the instruments ...
  • Lacy, Texas asked Alicia Dwyer Cianciolo, NASA

    Added Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    Hi. I am currently a Senior in high school and considering becoming an aerospace engineer. But I am torn between two different colleges. School #1 - Rice University - Does not offer a major in aerospace engineering, will cover 100% costs if i'm accepted, very competitive acceptance. School #2 - Texas A&M University - offers a major in aerospace engineering, will only cover cost tuition, i will be automatically accepted (top 10% of class). So what would you suggest for me to do? And if I am ...
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    Answered Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 9:44 AM
    Dear Lacy, I faced a very similar situation when deciding which undergraduate university to attend. I chose the one that I felt most comfortable at (and offered me a sufficient financial package) even though it did not have the engineering department. ...