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    Job Skills Value of an engineering PhD versus a Masters ->Industry

    Signal Processing/Machine Learning. I would pursue the same thing at the PhD level. I'm honestly, not really sure. I do know the PhD wouldn't be focused on a commercial product, it would be more theoretical/foundational, not really application based. Is it better to spend 4 years on something...
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    Job Skills Value of an engineering PhD versus a Masters ->Industry

    A potential advisor told me that if I want to do a PhD, it needs to be looked at like a full time job and you have to really want the PhD in of itself. I have heard of other people doing PhDs with lots of extra time but it's not how these guys expect. What's true? I have thought about what I...
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    Job Skills Value of an engineering PhD versus a Masters ->Industry

    I need to decide if I want to continue onto a PhD in Electrical Engineering or exit with my MS. I'm not sure what to do, I think academics is kind of cool and I would like to learn more, on the otherhand I sort of want to start working on Real World projects that have some impact and making an...
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    Other What's the value of Classical Physics?

    Particle accelerators work approximately according to classical E&M, it doesn't mean that developing an accelerator based upon a more advanced theory wouldn't be better.
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    Other What's the value of Classical Physics?

    I don't know where to put this but it is a question which is bothering me. From the perspective of a physicist who wants to generate new theories, what's the value in spending significant time learning classical theories? People slave always at books like Jacksons Electrodynamics but it's not...
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    Other I messed up and I’d like to return to school at 30

    This is stupid, OP has a bunch of graduate credit, nearly every program will graduate you with something smaller than an actual thesis(like my departments essentially didn't have any requirement beyond demonstrating you learned something and writing it up). Go back and find the bare minimum you...
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    Other I messed up and I’d like to return to school at 30

    Most masters degrees let you do a project or expositor paper to graduate, why on earth didn't you finish?
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    Programs Robotics - 2nd BS vs non-degree vs neither

    Sure, it might just be my department so maybe I'm over stating it though - there is one guy who does legged robots but the vast majority of the department focus on AI related things. Optimal information gathering, path planning under uncertainty, social navigation, multi-robot coordination...
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    Programs Robotics - 2nd BS vs non-degree vs neither

    I can say from my own department which does research in robotics that none of it is related to any of things berkeman listed. It's almost exclusively related to the thinking aspects of the systems(which is the current impediment to getting them into the real world). Physical systems have been...
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    Programs Robotics - 2nd BS vs non-degree vs neither

    I don't get it, you're acting like the MS in CS has no value when it's measurably better than a degree in robotics for jobs. If you really think it's so bad I wouldn't continue doing it. << Mentor Note -- thread edited to remove profanity >>
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    Programs Robotics - 2nd BS vs non-degree vs neither

    Realistically? Udacity, Edx or Coursera to bridge the gap. The mathematics courses is probably all you will need since robotics doesn't really touch physics. I don't understand how you could get a MS degree in CS with a focus on ML without taking more advanced calculus or linear algebra though...
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    Testing Perseverance And Perspective... please help

    Don't do so much, that's all their is to it. Take a reduced course load, don't tutor. To be honest the other stuff you're doing wont matter to any graduate school if your GPA is sub 3. Maybe more jobs would be willing to overlook it considering your other time commitments but nobody in academics...
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    Programs Robotics - 2nd BS vs non-degree vs neither

    Here's some info from someone who did enough for a dual graduate degree in robotics: It's mostly glorified CS with a dynamics/linear control course added. If you did CS in ML you're already pretty good off, you probably didn't cover things like SLAM but other than that the core CS topics still...
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    Engineering Do electrical engineers actually use Circuit Analysis skills?

    I know, it's one of the reasons I avoided doing analog IC design. I also think there will only be a few SoC makers. Don't need multiple companies designing chips which do essentially the same thing.
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    Engineering Do electrical engineers actually use Circuit Analysis skills?

    It's going to be real funny when machine learning and optimization algorithms take over the design process.
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    Engineering Do electrical engineers actually use Circuit Analysis skills?

    Depends on what you do. If you do circuit design, you will be using KCL\KVL a lot. If you're using linearized components you can still do standard linear techniques but if not you're going to being plugging stuff into a numeric solver after doing first/second order approximations. I...
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    Job Skills Joining organizations in college to increase networking

    If OP wants to spend his time sending messages on Linkedln and going to clubs by all means he can but he will be wasting his time. Maybe my professors(in engineering) were particularly isolated(I highly doubt it), but out of the 7 I have talked with none have any direct connection to industry...
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    Aerospace and Physics double major? or Aerospace masters?

    Masters in aerospace, hands down. BS in physics doesn't qualify you for really anything.
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    Job Skills Joining organizations in college to increase networking

    Forming a network? How exactly? Most professors are completely isolated from industry, those who aren't only provide connections to their PhD students. Clubs? Not really a network, rarely industry sponsors anything, the friends you make a probably going to be worse off than you. What matters is...
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    Admissions MIT admission: weight of core subject grades

    I hope you're fired, your existence was propped up by those students.
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    Schools Is ABET accreditation really important?

    I'm not going to do your research for you. I just felt like correcting false information.
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    Schools Is ABET accreditation really important?

    False. Depending on the state some people with an AA degree can become PEs, but it takes longer. Obviously for an undergraduate degree ABET is better but it's wrong to say it's needed in all states.
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    Job Skills Career advice for a nuclear postdoc?

    Yea, that's one reason I like them. Graduate school is filled with so many foreign students and none of them will be getting any of those jobs.
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    Job Skills Career advice for a nuclear postdoc?

    It's actually pretty absurd what some employers list as required skills for jobs. In some defense areas you can only get hired if you know X but you only will ever know X if you get hired(as X is exclusively used by the military).
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    Physics Starting my PhD in cosmology -- question about my career prospects

    Then why ask us? You have your answer.
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    Physics Starting my PhD in cosmology -- question about my career prospects

    I switched degrees for my masters for monetary reasons and I am glad I did since I found out I didn't really like my initial interests as much as I thought. For purely personal reasons I would say do cosmology since the tech sector has enough competition and I would prefer to compete with less...
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    Other How an ethnic-sounding name may affect the job hunt

    Practically speaking, if blue collar jobs were in such demand then immigrants would be getting those jobs(regardless of what they trained in) or their salary would be going up. It's the nature of capitalism. While bias may exist the reality is if there was a great need the companies would be...
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    Schools Lack of physics courses at private university for a physics major

    To be completely honest, yes it's a problem. That said, I was once a student at a low end 4 year university, I then transferred to a big state school. I saw the state school accepted some grad students from the 4 year university. Moral of the story, it's not impossible to move up but you're...
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    Other How an ethnic-sounding name may affect the job hunt

    I agree that there needs to be a discussion with the government, the market and the rest of the population. Your points are all valid but more globally it's a question of how much immigration should be allowed? If it's hard to get jobs as an immigrant I would say immigration may be too high...
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    Programs Should I do a 'dual' masters degree?

    The title of the degree will result in employers throwing your resume into the garbage. Don't do it.
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