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Senior Computational Scientist was asked...20 August 2019

What are benefits of spring-mass model vs FEM and what are drawbacks?

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Speed of execution among one of the benefits, drawback - each time resize/reshape model calibration needs to be done (takes computation time) to correctly match parameters like Young's modulus otherwise discrepancies up to tens of percents. Less


What is your background , tell us about yourself.

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I have prepared short 10 minutes PPT presentation including recent professional activity, tailored towards Endovantage area. Less

US Naval Research Laboratory

What skills have you gained in your degree?

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I gained skills in writing code, from starting at the beginning of the project, developing it and using it throughout this degree. Less


How many golf balls can you fit into a 747?

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I explained the method I would use (equation-based due to ease of accessing parameters), then mentioned that had the problem dealt with for a mixture of balls of various sizes, then I would have modeled the situation and ran a simulation to find the best packing. Less

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Can you explain a conflict in your workspace and how you resolved it?

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As explained above, the questions are mostly scenario based so answers will differ from person to person. Less

Cofactor Genomics

Tell me a little bit about the coding projects you have done in the past.

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Some details about my perl and python experiences.

Cognitive Systems

Do you have any experience with python and data visualization?

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yes and yes

Novo Nordisk

What is my current role? How much experience do I have in programming?

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Mainly background questions that can easily answered.


Have you had any difficult situations or conflicts in a work setting in the past? How did you deal with it?

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I discussed about an overbearing and micro-managing collaborator during grad school, with whom I dealt through my primary advisor. Less


You are given two ropes and a lighter. This is the only equipment you can use. You are told that each of the two ropes has the following property: if you light one end of the rope, it will take exactly one hour to burn all the way to the other end. But it doesn't have to burn at a uniform rate. In other words, half the rope may burn in the first five minutes, and then the other half would take 55 minutes. The rate at which the two ropes burn is not necessarily the same, so the second rope will also take an hour to burn from one end to the other, but may do it at some varying rate, which is not necessarily the same as the one for the first rope. Now you are asked to measure a period of 45 minutes. How will you do it?

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Light both ends of rope 1 and one end of rope 2 simultaneously. When rope 1 burns out, light the other end of rope 2. Sure, I'll hire someone on the basis of answering this gimmicky question. Less

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