Academic journal article The Science Teacher

Career Path

Academic journal article The Science Teacher

Career Path

Article excerpt

I was a curious kid, building and tearing things apart to see how they work. My teachers told me I should go into engineering. I did a summer internship at Iowa State University, where I learned about plastics processing, which helped me decide to pursue a career in materials science and engineering.

I had a weak background in physics, so I struggled in my first college physics class and had to retake it. By studying and working hard, I succeeded. I also used the good communication and leadership skills I'd developed through clubs, organizations, and sports I was involved with in high school.

Materials engineering typically has fewer students than other engineering departments, which opened up a variety of opportunities and allowed for a lot of interaction with professors. I got a double degree in materials engineering and political science. I also did a five-term internship with Square D/Schneider Electric, a company that makes electrical equipment. I got to see what engineers do in the real world and even got to work in France for six months. …

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