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  1. Ben Espen

    Engineering Biomedical Engineering/Bioengineering Books & Career Advice

    Biomedical engineering in practice is the field that designs and creates medical devices and cellular therapies. In many programs, you can take an electrical emphasis, which would focus on medical equipment like defibrillators or CT scanners, a mechanical emphasis, which focuses on implantable...
  2. Ben Espen

    Engineering Engineering Career Guidance needed

    In my opinion, I do not think you need an internship to pad your resume. The reason I think this is I look for internships with new college graduates because that is where they gain experience in the world of work, in distinction to the world of school. Internships give you an opportunity to see...
  3. Ben Espen

    Engineering Job Hunting Concerns of a Physics to Engineering Graduate

    Regrettably, recruiters are not likely to help you much at this point. I get cold-called by recruiters on a regular basis, because I have experience. Early in your career, [effective] recruiters are not going to pay much attention to you, for the simple reason that you don't need a recruiter to...
  4. Ben Espen

    Chemistry Level of statistics required in Process Chemistry and ChemE

    That is a little harder to answer. I might hazard a guess that DOE and SQC are more useful, but it does depend a bit on what you end up doing. DOE has the thing I've used the most, but that is related to the field I am in.
  5. Ben Espen

    Chemistry Level of statistics required in Process Chemistry and ChemE

    Classes like the ones you have described are very useful if you want to work in industry. In my experience, you really want the courses taught at the graduate level in the stats department, as they tend to be better. Counterexamples may exist, but that is my experience. That kind of thing is...
  6. Ben Espen

    Engineering Quality Assurance

    I don't think it would be accurate to say that I have a job in software QA. I've worked extensively on SQA because it is a part of the current regulatory environment, and because I get the ideas behind it, but my job is in engineering. My degree, however, is not in engineering. My background is...
  7. Ben Espen

    Engineering Quality Assurance

    I'll say it because it needs to be said: if you want to work as a quality engineer, get a degree in engineering. You have the opportunity to make your life easier, you should do so. With that out of the way, my current role is as a quality engineer. I have worked with video inspection systems...
  8. Ben Espen

    Engineering Control Engineer in a Power Company?

    You have your work cut out for you then. Hopefully someone will come along who knows this area.
  9. Ben Espen

    Engineering Control Engineer in a Power Company?

    Controls engineering isn't my field, but I'm not sure it needs to be in this case. Can you direct these questions to your employer? Someone willing to pay for your education probably has some ideas about this.
  10. Ben Espen

    Job Skills Personal innate skills.

    I cannot recommend the MBTI for this purpose, it really doesn't have good theoretical underpinnings OR predictive validity. Despite it's popularity it is really a rather shoddy piece of work. The first online test that comes to mind that has both of those attributes is the IPIP-NEO. However, I...
  11. Ben Espen

    Biology A Career in nanomedicine

    Have you looked at any of the available salary and employment websites that compile such information?
  12. Ben Espen

    I want to start an Aerospace Company

    I suggest looking at the life and times of Abraham Karem, who might be a more realistic and achievable role model. Karem was an aerospace engineer and entrepreneur who helped develop the drone technology that is widely used in military applications today. Karem strikes me as an engineer's...
  13. Ben Espen

    Engineering Job Hunting Concerns of a Physics to Engineering Graduate

    I'll second JakeBrodskyPE, take the EIT now. There isn't any downside to this, and the upside is that it may come in handy later. As for what to do, well, you *should* have lots of options, especially if you are willing to move to where the work is. Unfortunately, I can't tell you what you...
  14. Ben Espen

    Other Potential physics dropout

    Since you live in Germany, my advice may not be relevant. Most of my experience is in the US, so take anything I say lightly. If you really don't enjoy physics, then you have some hard choices to make. If you are close to finishing, by which I mean a semester or two, or whatever the equivalent...
  15. Ben Espen

    Math "All but Qualifier" on resume?

    I have seen things like "coursework completed as of [date], expected completion of qualifying exam in August" on resumes for folks in your situation. It isn't all that uncommon for a resume to contain information about when you think you will be done with your degree, even though your case may...
  16. Ben Espen

    God and physics

    I recommend reading this interview with Brother Guy Consolmagno, head of the Vatican Observatory. The main telescope of the Vatican Observatory is near Tucson, Arizona. The BBC did a nice piece on this.
  17. Ben Espen

    Job Skills Non-desk jobs - Career guidance

    I suppose it depends on what your point of comparison is, but in general MechE is probably one of the easiest fields to get a job in, provided you have good internship experience and are willing to move to where the work is. And for MechE, that can be pretty much everywhere.
  18. Ben Espen

    Engineering Physicist or Mechanical Engineer?

    This is a really broad question, so I will give a broad answer. In general, a physicist per se has a doctoral degree and quite a bit of specialization. This field largely has an academic focus, although many physicists work in industry as well, but often doing very different things than their...
  19. Ben Espen

    Purdue Physics or UIUC Biophysics Specialization

    You've been asking a lot of questions about this, and trying to think through your options. At this point, my advice is: relax. You have been accepted into two very good programs. Either one will probably provide you with a good experience, and solid options for whatever you want to do later...
  20. Ben Espen

    Engineering Chemistry vs chemical engineering in MS and PhD

    Jake, I saw this today and it made me think of your contribution of this thread. HVAC Techs — Hackers who make house calls
  21. Ben Espen

    Engineering Materials Engineering vs Biomaterials Engineering

    If I were looking at candidates, a biomaterials program would probably be close enough to materials engineering for many, although not for all purposes. This is to say, I wouldn't skip your resume just for that. Others may see this differently.
  22. Ben Espen

    Other Can I do anything with just a management degree?

    You might look into supply chain management. When the supply chain involves overseas manufacturing, there is often an opportunity to travel extensively.
  23. Ben Espen

    Job Skills What do I study to find cures for diseases?

    Honestly, no, I would not say that is true. You will commonly hear that you don't use all of the math you learn in school in the workplace. This is true in my case. The hard part is knowing which parts you are going to end up using. That is part of the reason why the math requirements in school...
  24. Ben Espen

    Job Skills What do I study to find cures for diseases?

    There aren't that many MDs who do research. When they do, they often have an MD/PhD dual degree. Right now, medicine heavily emphasizes practice. Which isn't to say it cannot be done, but this is against trend at present.
  25. Ben Espen

    Job Skills What do I study to find cures for diseases?

    There are lots of potential avenues here. If you are good at chemistry, there are a variety of potential fields of study such as pharmacology. Or you could go in for genomics or immunology, fields that are considered to be more biology, with lots of organic chemistry.
  26. Ben Espen

    Engineering Split on just entering the workforce or obtaining a BME

    Community colleges can be a good route, and some technicians also have bachelors degrees. There are specialized technician programs at some colleges. You would probably need to look around and see what your options are. One can definitely move from technician to engineer. It is helpful if you...
  27. Ben Espen

    Engineering Some questions about an engineering job

    Sure. I am currently doing regulatory/compliance work for combination products, meaning medical devices with an ancillary medical substance. This is a new and emerging area of regulation world-wide, so one of the most interesting parts of my job is trying to understand how we can comply with the...
  28. Ben Espen

    Engineering Some questions about an engineering job

    There are lots of kinds of puzzles in the world. Usually, not everyone finds the same puzzles interesting, and sometimes, you might even be surprised at what kind of puzzles you will find interesting once you try them. Currently, I solve puzzles involving pharmaceutical regulation around the...
  29. Ben Espen

    Engineering Split on just entering the workforce or obtaining a BME

    I second this. A good tech is really hard to find, which is a pity since this a very valuable role in many companies. A good place for people who like math and science, but are best at the hands on part.
  30. Ben Espen

    Engineering Robotics and Controls Career

    Yes, this sound like an "operations" program, with more of a business focus than you would find in a straight up engineering program. These are great jobs if that is what you find interesting.
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