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Engineering the Future

Megan – future structural engineer

Over the course of my life, I have noticed the trend of my enthusiasm growing for mathematics, science, and art & design. Taking as many classes as I can in these fields of study has helped me find my passion in engineering. Structural Engineering within the field of Civil Engineering is the most appealing to me. I am fascinated by structures and the physics behind them. I enjoy working with shapes and designs and doing precise calculations within drawings. This semester I was able to combine all my interests in my Engineering Design class. It was a true delight to see my projects come to life in the engineering software programs I use daily. My true inspiration has come from my honors science teacher and my grandfather, an engineer. My science teacher helped me to identify my academic strengths in science and math and encouraged me to seek a career in engineering. Her daily lesson plans challenged me to go a step further in developing my critical thinking skills and how they can be applied to engineering concerns in our community today.

To become a licensed Professional Engineer, I must complete a four-year college degree, work under a Professional Engineer for at least four years, and earn a license from the Texas state licensure board. Many Professional Engineers receive master's degrees and doctorate degrees as well. I have completed many career interest surveys and done research on the fields of engineering that best match my results. I have also learned much about engineering career opportunities from my grandfather, who worked in the field for over thirty years. The future for Structural Engineers is bright and includes many new job opportunities. Some of these opportunities include maintaining the well-being of structures, estimating resources required to complete projects, and designing and implementing the building of new structures. I look forward to continuing my education and using it to engineer an exciting future full of opportunities that will positively impact my community.

Megan's essay appears here as written, to preserve the young author’s unique voice and individual writing style. However, we have deleted personally identifiable information to protect the student’s privacy.