Kim de Groh
Ms. Kim K. de Groh
Senior Materials Research Engineer, NASA Glenn Research Center
Cleveland, OH
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  • Natta, Bangkok asked Kim de Groh, NASA Glenn Research Center

    Added Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at 10:30 AM

    Hello, My name is Natta, you can call me "Best"( my nick name. I'm currently in year 13, and I'm really interested in material engineering. I'm trying to write my personal statement, however I kinda confused between chemical engineering and material engineering. What is the difference between these two. I'm scared that my personal statement will be more towards to the " chemical engineering "side. ( Sorry if my english isn't that good) Thank you in advance.
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    Kim de Groh, NASA Glenn Research Center
    Answered Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at 10:30 AM

    Hi Best,

    Materials engineering/materials science is more about understanding the fundamentals of materials themselves and how/why they perform the way they do.  It says at the Bureau of Labor Statistics that “Materials engineers develop, ...

  • Kelly, Los Angeles asked Kim de Groh, NASA Glenn Research Center

    Added Sunday, April 3, 2016 at 8:42 AM

    Hi Kim! I really want to take an engineering course but I still don't know which branch. Materials engineering interests me and I think it's cool. How do you compare materials engineering and chemical engineering? Was it easy for you to get a job? How about the salary compared to other engineering fields?
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    Kim de Groh, NASA Glenn Research Center
    Answered Sunday, April 3, 2016 at 8:42 AM

    Hi Kelly,

    Materials engineering/materials science is more about understanding the fundamentals of materials themselves and how/why they perform the way they do.  As it says at the Bureau of Labor Statistics that “Materials engineers develop, ...

  • Emma, Mills River

    Added Friday, August 15, 2014 at 10:10 PM

    Hello, my name is Emma. I am a 14 year old and I'm trying to figure out what to do with my life. I have always thought space was fascinating, but of course, I never thought of that as a career. I am seriously considering being an engineer for NASA but not exactly sure what they do. What would I do if I wanted to get out in the field and learn and experiment, but not in labs. I really need career help but I know for sure I want to be in astronomical science.
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    Kim de Groh, NASA Glenn Research Center
    Answered Friday, August 15, 2014 at 10:10 PM

    Hi, I am senior material research engineer at the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio.   I think it is wonderful that you are fascinated with space, and it is great to hear you are considering a career in a space-related field. 

  • Kelsey, Wilmington asked Kim de Groh, NASA Glenn Research Center

    Added Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 5:53 PM

    Hi Kim, My name is Kelsey. I am currently a sophomore in college and I have recently taken an interest in materials engineering. I originally thought that I wanted to do chemical engineering, but to be honest, I just don't enjoy chemistry lab as much as I know I should. Is there a drastic difference between chemical and materials engineering? I would really appreciate some guidance. Thanks so much, Kelsey
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    Kim de Groh, NASA Glenn Research Center
    Answered Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 5:53 PM
    Hi Kelsey,
    
    It is interesting that you asked me, because I also do not enjoy working with chemicals very much!  Yes, I think there is a pretty substantial difference between materials science and chemical engineering.  Back when I was studying ...
  • Lou, Boston

    Added Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 8:55 PM

    I am going into my senior year at high school and I recently decided that I might want to study engineering at university. So far, I've been expecting to major in biology, and had little interest in the engineering field. However, over the past month or so, I seem to have fallen in love with the idea of materials or mechanical engineering. Is it too late for me to decide this? I enjoy math and science but I don't really have any engineering background (in terms of extra-curriculars like ...
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    Kim de Groh, NASA Glenn Research Center
    Answered Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 8:55 PM

    “Hi Lou, many students do not decide to go into engineering until their freshman or sophomore years in college.  When I graduated from high school I had originally thought of getting a math degree.  I only considered engineering during my ...

  • Sarah, Baton Rouge asked Kim de Groh, NASA Glenn Research Center

    Added Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 4:40 AM

    Hi! I'm a junior in high-school in Louisiana. I've always loved math and I'm finding that I love Physics I this year. I plan to take Physics II AP next year. I'm looking into an engineering degree, but really have no idea which branch to go into. How important is this when you first begin college and choose your major, and how important are the highschool classes you take as far as prerequisites? (i.e. chemistry, if you don't plan to go into this field.)
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    Kim de Groh, NASA Glenn Research Center
    Answered Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 4:40 AM
    Hi Sarah! My name is Kim de Groh and I am a Sr. Materials Research Engineer at NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland Ohio. I have been conducting research art NASA for 20 years :). Ill try to answer your questions from my experience. When I was in ...