I want to study CS, but eventually someday I want to work in the auto industry dealing with robotics and aerodynamics. I was wondering how common is it for a CS grad to get a masters in Mech Engineering?
Thank you for this answer. Reason why I asked is because there is a college in state that offers "clusters" along with the CS degree ranging from data science, scientific computing, robotics, and aerospace to name a few.To the OP:
First of all, you don't have to necessarily have a degree in mechanical engineering to work on robotics or aerodynamics. I can think of a number of scenarios where someone from a computer science background could work on these fields:
1. There is a very close link between machine learning/AI and robotics, so those who, say, have a MS in computer science specializing in, say, machine learning could in fact work in the auto industry focusing on robotics (think self-driving cars, as an example, but that's not the only example). I used to work for an engineering firm specializing in robotics and automation, and I knew a few people with graduate degrees in computer science working alongside the mechanical and electrical engineers.
2. There are computer science graduates who specialize in numerical analysis/scientific computing who work on algorithm development for scientific applications, including aerodynamics, fluid mechanics, etc. I'm not sure how often those in the auto industry would employ people with these backgrounds, but I wouldn't be surprised if there may be a few who do so.
All that being said, if you are primarily interested in robotics and aerodynamics (but with additional interest in software development), you may be better off studying mechanical engineering, and see if you are able to take electives in computer science. Best of both worlds then!
[Aside to the OP: are you from Japan, by any chance? Your handle contains the words "KamenRider" -- Kamen Rider is a popular superhero from Japanese comic books and TV. I lived in Japan as a child and grew up watching the show.]
I want to work in the auto industry dealing with robotics and aerodynamics