Sandra Begay
Sandra Begay
Principal Member of the Technical Staff, Sandia National Laboratories
Albuquerque, NM
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  • Alyssa, Goshen

    Added Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at 4:36 PM

    Hi my name is Alyssa i'm in the 6th grade. I want to be a structural engineer when I grow up. Well since you're an engineer is it cool and hard working with math?
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    Sandra Begay, Sandia National Laboratories
    Answered Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at 4:36 PM

    Alyssa, it is both cool to use math but it can be difficult to use math if you don’t practice.  Think of math as a language to understand science and engineering.  For example, engineers designed car odometers which tell us how far ...

  • Marisa, LaSalle

    Added Thursday, December 26, 2013 at 11:02 PM

    Hi, I am very passionate about the environment and renewable energy. I want to become and engineer because math is one of my best subjects, and I love that I could be a part in solving some of the problems in our world. I am entering into my second semester of college and trying to decide whether I want to major in Electrical or Mechanical Engineering and focusing on renewable engery systems or Environmental Engineering. What I am wondering is which major will it possibly be easiest for me to ...
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    Sandra Begay, Sandia National Laboratories
    Answered Thursday, December 26, 2013 at 11:02 PM

    All of the engineering disciplines you mentioned can support your renewable energy career pursuits. For example, I’m a civil and structural engineer by training but I now manage renewable energy work and education for potential customers. The ...

  • saumya

    Added Friday, April 12, 2013 at 4:17 AM

    Hi, I'm in my final year of high school now, and I want to pursue a career related to environmental engineering so to keep my options open should I take chemical or civil engineering??
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    Sandra Begay, Sandia National Laboratories
    Answered Friday, April 12, 2013 at 4:17 AM
    There are environmental focus areas in both civil and mechanical engineering. I would look through the course catalogs of the universities you might attend to find out about specific classes.
  • Danielle, New York asked Sandra Begay, Sandia National Laboratories

    Added Friday, March 30, 2012 at 5:14 AM

    I am a college student with my career goals focused in the environment. I am currently exploring a career in Environmental Engineering. I was wondering if I would be able to reach my goal under mechanical or electrical engineer program? The school that I am considering does not have an environmental engineer program or a civil engineer program; however, they do have an Environmental concentration.
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    Sandra Begay, Sandia National Laboratories
    Answered Friday, March 30, 2012 at 5:14 AM
    Both a civil or mechanical engineering program with an environmental engineer program would be a great academic endeavor. If your interests are in water quality, impacts to water, or in green building, then I?????????d suggest the civil engineering ...
  • Karina, California asked Kim Linder, Honeywell FM&T

    Added Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 9:29 AM

    Currently I am a High School Senior, and I took an engineering course for a college. I was working really, really hard,but I still struggled. My question is as follows, do you think that anyone who struggles in an Into to Engineering class should reconsider if that is the major they should aim for?
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    Sandra Begay, Sandia National Laboratories
    Answered Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 9:29 AM
    The engineering curriculum is very hard. Many people struggle through most classes even the introduction classes. I wasn't ready for calculus so I took additional courses in beginning chemistry, trigonometry and algebra to re-assure myself and to hone ...