# Can an aeronautical engineer specialize in Robotics or AI ?

1. Jul 23, 2014

### Mdac_95

Hello, first of all, sorry for my bad English.. I'm taking English courses to improve it :)

I have a big question that nobody can answer yet..

I'm studying aeronautical engineering in Argentina, I love it, and I have very high grades, my university have a connection with the ISAE in Toulouse, so I could finish my studies there, that is a very good opportunity because in my country there isn't any company that produces aircraft's, almost all the aeronautical engineers go to France and only a few stay here and work for Renault, Toyota or Volkswagen.

But I want, to work with drones, specially in the area of programming algorithms that control the planes , Ive studied python, and when I finished the course, realize that I want to do that for the rest of my life, the problem is that I love airplanes too, so I think that the best way of combine both is working with UAVS, I want to know if engineers that program those type of aircraft's are only Systems Engineers or can an aeronautical engineer study Robotics, or Artificial Intelligence for working in that? I don't know, a master or a PhD..
Because I think that a System Engineer cant programm an algorithm for an UAV without the knowledge of fluids mechanics, aerodynamics, etc,etc..

I cant do only one thing, I have to program algorithms FOR controlling airplanes, AI algorithms, its very interesting for me and I really want to work in that, all my life I love programming and planes too, (electronic too but i think is impossible to study everything)
and in Argentina, like I said there isnt any aeronautical engineer, professor, or student that could answer to me, because here nobody work with that technology, or know about it.

Thanks, and sorry for my bad English, I have a lot to improve yet.

2. Jul 24, 2014

### tygerdawg

You can build on the content of the Aerospace Engineering degree to get what you want. I suggest you take formal classes in Control Theory. And then pursue advanced classes in Control Theory.

Perhaps you also need some training & experience in computer control applications, real-time programming (especially using advanced computer languages such as C/C++/C#), and electronics & electronics interfacing. But you can get this through informal methods, there are many free resources available on the internet.

Is a Master's / Ph.D. required? Not necessarily. That decision depends on what you want to do with your career.