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    Programs Questions for Mechatronics students/graduates

    Mechatronics and computer science are already very interrelated. I was talking specifically about studying both ME and EE/CS. OP said that a mechatronics degree is lacking courses on fluid dynamics, thermo... Thing is, mechatronics only needs a very basic understanding of mechanical...
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    Programs Questions for Mechatronics students/graduates

    Others might disagree, but I think that trying to cover so much ground is not a particularly good idea. ME is a huge area by itself, and it's very different from your other interests (electrical, electronics). Find what you like the most and stick with it. While you will get some benefit from...
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    Programs Switching major to EE: is this a good move?

    I'm currently enrolled in a MechE course, at my third year, and it took a long time to discover that this is not the major for me. In my spare time, I've been learning electronics (Arduino) and programming, and I decided that I like this stuff better than my MechE classes. Most of my interest...
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    Courses Mechanical Engineer switching to CS or Electrical

    I've seen people switching from EE and CompE to CS (in Master Degree programs, I mean), but I'm not sure about ME's. Anyway, it seems like Software Engineering is a "open-minded" field for people with non-CS majors, it seems. I've seen biologists and physicists working as software engineers...
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    Courses Is CFD fluid mechanics + computer science?

    I'm having fluid dynamics classes right now and I'm enjoying it very much (much more than my solid mechanics classes, by the way). Also, I do like programming and computer science, and CFD looks like a very interesting field. I'm developing a real interest for it. One question for those who are...
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    Other Want to study higher level engineering

    Thanks for the answers. If I'm able to get a job straight out of college in a field that I'm interested in and where I have the opportunity to grow professionally, I will go for it, surely. But I have the interest of doing a Master's sooner or later, mostly because I want to specialize myself...
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    Other Want to study higher level engineering

    Hello, I'm currently majoring in ME with keen interest in fields like mechanical vibrations and fluid dynamics/aerodynamics. There is a ton of stuff that I want to learn in those fields that aren't typically in the subjects of a ME course. I want to work doing CFD and FEM analysis for vibrations...
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    Programs Best minor for a Mechanical Engineering student?

    It depends. What aspects of mechanical engineering interests you most? Aerodynamics, machine design, structural analysis, heat transfer? Electives on those fields are there so you can narrow your focus and learn stuff that you enjoy and/or would want to work with in the future. If you want to...
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    Programs Best minor for a Mechanical Engineering student?

    Well, not a bad idea, actually. Mechanical Engineering is a broad field, and you could end up working with robotics/mechatronics, where a solid grounding in CS would be helpful. Also, have in mind that programming skills, in general, are becoming very important in all kinds of jobs (and that...
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    Programs Physics or Engineering comparison?

    LIGO comes to mind (https://www.ligo.caltech.edu/). Probably there are many national labs where someone with a physics degree could work, but I can't name them. Physics IS difficult, and also is engineering. Where I study, physics is the course with the highest dropout rate. But if you are...
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    Programs Physics or Engineering comparison?

    Someone else probably could answer to this better than me (I'm into engineering, not physics), but there are positions for physicists outside academia (although this is probably not that common). Sometimes, physicists end up working in engineering positions (but that is not common, also). As for...
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    Programs Physics or Engineering comparison?

    Nobody can say if there are any benefits to engineering over physics (or physics over engineering) except you. Bear in mind that engineering and physics are completely different beasts. How do you feel about being in academia, doing research? On the other hand, do you picture yourself working...
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    Is Machine Design important for Aerospace Engineering?

    That's interesting to know. What kinds of machines do you talk about? Like manufacturing machines? I thought those would be designed by third-party companies.
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    Is Machine Design important for Aerospace Engineering?

    Machine Design is a compulsory subject at my college for all mechanical engineers. I think the subject is interesting, but as I said, I intend to pursue a career in aerospace after undergrad, and I don't know if it will be that important. As for coding, I'm working towards that! I'm learning...
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    Is Machine Design important for Aerospace Engineering?

    I'm a Mechanical Engineering student intending to pursue a Master's Degree in Aeronautical Engineering after college, and Machine Design is one of the disciplines I'm going to take next year. I understand the importance of various topics in mechanical engineering to an aircraft project (topics...
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    Courses What is the scope for aerospace engineering?

    I don't think it's going to be that easy. Because of ITAR rules, this is not going to be a trivial task. US aerospace companies can't hire non-US citiziens easily, even if they want to. You need to be a US citizien to work in companies like Boeing, Lockheed, and obtaining a citizenship is a slow...
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    Courses Doing MechE, but not mechanically inclined

    Thank you. I will certainly take a look on that channel. In my school, Control Systems is not mandatory for Mech Eng. There used to be a elective in controls in our departament, but not anymore. I tought about taking some electives on controls at the EE department, but I couldn't handle the...
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    Courses Doing MechE, but not mechanically inclined

    Ok, I got it. To be honest, I may be more comfortable doing analysis and running simulations. By what I've studied so far, systems and control looks like a very mathematical field (Fourier and Laplace transforms, transfer functions...), and that's why I find it interesting and more appropriate...
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    Courses Doing MechE, but not mechanically inclined

    I've put a lot of thought into it, but I'm not sure. I intended to get my bachelor's in MechE and after that pursue a Master's in controls. I'm aware that one of the best engineering schools of my country offers a master program in aeronautical engineering with concentrations in aerospace...
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    Courses Doing MechE, but not mechanically inclined

    Yeah, those are the classes I like, but it's very theoretical classroom stuff. I don't know if this will still apply when I start working at some company, when I will have to do more handwork.
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    Courses Doing MechE, but not mechanically inclined

    I'm at my second year of mechanical engineering, and I do like all the theoretical stuff I'm learning (calculus, linear algebra, physics). But the problem is: when it comes down to actually build something, I find much more interesting to assemble and solder circuits than building something...
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    Courses As a MechE, which path should I follow for robotics?

    Thank you for the fast answer. In fact, I have some basic C and I'm right now studying Python. As the microcontrollers, I've started tinkering with an Arduino since the beginning of the year, and recently I've developed a basic collision-avoidance robot using arduino and some sensors!
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    Courses As a MechE, which path should I follow for robotics?

    I'm now at my sophomore year in college, studying Mechanical Engineering. When I chose this field, I was interested in things like aircrafts and my main goal was working in the aerospace industry. This interest has shifted towards control systems/robotics since then. I started dealing with...
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    Courses How could I apply electric/electronics to MechE?

    I thought about robotics, sure. Control and Automation might be interesting, also. I heard that Control Engineering can be studied by both electrical and mechanical engineers. Having some kind of background with circuitry could help me with this? As I see it, most mechanical stuff is controlled...
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    Courses How could I apply electric/electronics to MechE?

    I really like Mechanical Engineering. I'm now at the second year of my undergrad and I'm now taking some specific courses in engineering - after a whole year of calculus and physics. I think it's the broadest engineering, and I'm an admirer of the aerospace industry and would like to work with...
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    Studying About the need of reviewing previous courses

    Hey folks, As a sophomore in MechE, I'm now taking a first course in Engineering Statics, and the prerequisites to this class are Physics I and Linear Algebra. I did well in those classes in past semesters, but I can't really say that I remember everything. I wonder how much do you usually need...
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    Mech. Eng. with an aerospace emphasis?

    Well, Engineering IS hard, in general, but of course it is doable. I know there are degrees in Aerospace Engineering, but a MechE would probably do as well. You will study a lot of fluid dynamics, aerodynamics, materials, controls...
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    Problem with self teaching

    I see Khan Academy and other online resources as good introductory courses to be taken in parallel with regular classes in college. Sometimes a subject your professor taught might seem confusing, and you may want to take a few basic classes online just to be sure you understand what your...
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    Other How can I get the recognition of MITOCW courses?

    In my experience, MIT OCW courses are great for supplementary knowledege. I took classes in linear algebra at college while watching Gilbert Strang lectures on the subject and it really helped me in the course. There are plenty of computer science classes in there too, and some Calculus. But...
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    Digital Systems class for a MechE

    Thank you! I will take Digital Systems and try to get up to microcontrollers, so. I hope it's worth it :)
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