Janelle Leafblad
Janelle Leafblad
West Coast Central Regional Director, WoodWorks - Wood Products Council
Livermore, CA
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  • Andres, Miami asked Janelle Leafblad, WoodWorks - Wood Products Council

    Added Tuesday, September 8, 2015 at 1:43 PM

    hi Janelle! I'm a senior now, considering applying to Cal Tech Berkley and I'm curious about different types of material sciences and I wanted to know, why the interest for wood? when did you first experience wood? When did you fall in love with wood? Just a couple of questions from a fellow wood enthusiast not sure on his major.
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    Janelle Leafblad, WoodWorks - Wood Products Council
    Answered Tuesday, September 8, 2015 at 1:43 PM
    Hi Andres! Thanks for the question! I became interested in material science, and wood in particular, when one of my fantastic undergraduate professors helped me apply to a job working for the summer at the USDA Forest Products Lab.  It was there I really ...
  • Met asked Janelle Leafblad, WoodWorks - Wood Products Council

    Added Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 11:05 AM

    I am studying arch engineering. I want to know what I can do by being arch. engineer? I am interested in mechanical designs too. Do u think I can relate them??
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  • Paola, Honduras asked Janelle Leafblad, WoodWorks - Wood Products Council

    Added Sunday, September 1, 2013 at 10:03 PM

    Hi, I'm 17 years old and I am a Junior in High School. While I was reading your profile, I saw that you also wanted to be an Architect. I'm not the best drawer but I like to draw. I'm between Architecture or Engineering or both. I like Civil and Biomedical Engineering but sometimes I ask myself if I might be the right person for those careers. I'm taking Pre-calculus this year. My parents have inspired me to an Engineering career, and I really want to make them proud. Can you please give me any ...
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  • Jenna, Pennsylvania asked Janelle Leafblad, WoodWorks - Wood Products Council

    Added Monday, July 8, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    Hello Janelle! I am a 17 year old senior interested in engineering. I have a few questions to ask, as I am still unclear on what I want to do. First off, I love being in the outdoors, love hunting, and I love math. I know being an engineer is a lot of office work, but are there any careers as an engineer where I could spend a good bit of time outside? Secondly, I first thought of going into Mining Engineering, as I'm located in the heart of the coal industry in Southwestern PA, but due to the ...
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    Janelle Leafblad, WoodWorks - Wood Products Council
    Answered Monday, July 8, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    Thanks for this great question, Jenna! I believe there are many opportunities available that are compatible with your interests. I would encourage you to look into: Construction Engineering and Management, Forest Engineering, Surveying, and branches of ...

  • Autumn, O'Fallon, IL asked Janelle Leafblad, WoodWorks - Wood Products Council

    Added Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 7:32 AM

    Hi! I'm 32, married, have a 3.5 year old boy and trying for our second (last) kid. Although I've always loved math and have been a great 'problem solver' I decided to go a different path in college and graduated with an Interior Design degree. This was definitely against my parent's wishes who thought I'd be a great Engineer. That career path never panned out and I've been an Office Manager for the past five years, feel like I made a huge mistake back then and if I don't right that wrong ...
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    Janelle Leafblad, WoodWorks - Wood Products Council
    Answered Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 7:32 AM
    Autumn, Yes, you are being absolutely realistic that you can do this! There will be obstacles, hardships, and sacrifices along the way but there will also be help to overcome them and support to sustain you through them. I think you will be inspiring ...