Kara Kockelman
Dr. Kara Kockelman
Professor of Transportation Engineering, University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX
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  • Ingrid, Chicago

    Added Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at 1:01 AM

    Hi my name is Ingrid! I am currently in high school and I was thinking about majoring in civil engineer and minoring in architecture. I love both math and art. However, I read on some sites that computer science classes are recommended for civil engineering and I was wondering if I should take it. I really wanted to continue my art class though, but because of my tight schedule I'm gonna have to pick between advanced art studio or AP Computer Science. So is it worth it to take AP Comp?
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    Kara Kockelman, University of Texas at Austin
    Answered Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at 1:01 AM
    I remain a huge fan of art in general, and 20th Century art, in particular, Ingrid. I took several art classes in high school, as well as drafting once.  I'm delighted you're enjoying a schedule that allows you to use both sides of your brain! Balance is ...
  • Sirsj, Sukkur

    Added Thursday, August 13, 2015 at 1:26 AM

    What are the best future plans of civil engineer after completing the master degree
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    Kara Kockelman, University of Texas at Austin
    Answered Thursday, August 13, 2015 at 1:26 AM

    Civil engineers have all types of terrific opportunities after completing a master’s degree!  Those with a strong business sense and novel ideas may start their own company. Others may join a large or small consulting firm, a city’s ...

  • Moira, Scotland

    Added Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at 1:53 PM

    I love mathematics and was wondering which side of civil engineering has more maths involved - consulting or contracting? And what is the difference between Consultants and Contractors?
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    Kara Kockelman, University of Texas at Austin
    Answered Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at 1:53 PM

    Thanks for the question, Moira!  “Contractor” normally means someone who works under contract, which is how most of us work: we sign a contract to perform specific work/deliver specific work products (like a building, a report, a new ...

  • Alyssa, Texas

    Added Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 12:18 PM

    I am graduating high school this year and will be attending A&M in the fall to begin working towards a Civil Engineering degree. I have an idea of what I want to do, but I am not exactly sure how to set up my degree plan in terms of what I'd like to get. I originally wanted to major in structural engineering, however looking at my long term goals I realized I would need some type of education and experience with water resource and the environment. I know there are three separate degree plans to ...
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    Kara Kockelman, University of Texas at Austin
    Answered Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 12:18 PM

    Howdy, Alyssa!

    You have asked a great question, that really highlights the breadth of the civil engineering field.  It made me think that Texas A&M offers special degree programs, but Dr. Kelly Brumbelow (Asst. Department Head for Undergraduate ...

  • Stephen

    Added Friday, August 23, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    Hello, I am getting ready to graduate from an accredited undergraduate program with a degree in civil engineering.  I am getting increasingly worried about finding a career in that field.  I did a complete 180 in my 30's and I went back to school late in life, and at great expense, and now with all the doom and gloom that people are saying, I am worried I wasted my time.  Being first generation, I have no family connections in the industry.  I am about to be married, and children will ...
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    Kara Kockelman, University of Texas at Austin
    Answered Friday, August 23, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    Dear Stephen:

     

    I am not sure what school you are graduating from or how strong a student you were (or how much tuition you invested!), but civil engineering is a wonderful profession that weathers most any economic storm. Civil engineering ...

  • Lauren asked Kara Kockelman, University of Texas at Austin

    Added Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 6:41 AM

    Hi my name is Lauren. I have a knack for building things and was thinking about becoming a civil engineer. I also enjoy imagining things and how to make them better than what they are now. I understand that civil engineers design roads, and buildings etc. But do they actually hands-on build the roads, streets and buildings?
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    Kara Kockelman, University of Texas at Austin
    Answered Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 6:41 AM

    Lauren: Thanks so much for the great question! Engineers can do anything. Really. So a civil engineer may end up as a major policymaker (we have an engineer mayor right now in Austin), head of construction crews (directly engaged in the earth moving, ...

  • Hilori, Indiana asked Kara Kockelman, University of Texas at Austin

    Added Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 8:22 AM

    I have been weighing my pros and cons of being an engineer to being a high school chemistry teacher. I really think that I would like them both. If I go into engineering I know that I want to go into Civil Engineering. Could you give me some pros and cons of going into Civil Engineering?
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    Kara Kockelman, University of Texas at Austin
    Answered Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 8:22 AM
    Dear Hilori: I'm so glad you're thinking of these terrific professions. I really enjoy teaching at the university level, in civil engineering. Civil engineering makes good use of chemistry expertise, through its sub-discipline of environmental ...