Combining Astrophysics and Engineering?

In summary, as a high school freshman considering future career options, the person loves physics and is torn between astrophysics and engineering. They are wondering if there is a way to combine the two areas and are not interested in aerospace engineering. There are programs available that combine physics and engineering, such as engineering physics, applied physics, and engineering science. Chemical engineering does not use astrophysics, but aerospace engineering does use topics from physics. Both fields are vast and require more research to determine the best fit.
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Hi, I'm currently a freshman in high school and still considering what to do in the future, but right now my two top choices are Astrophysics and Engineering. I love physics at school so, SO much and doing something in that area would be great, but right now I'm torn between these two areas of physics. Is there a way to combine both of them together? Also, I'm not talking about Aerospace engineering...I'm thinking more along the lines of Chemical Engineering, but more to do with physics and astronomy instead. I'm not sure this makes sense but any help is totally welcome :)
 
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turnip22 said:
Hi, I'm currently a freshman in high school and still considering what to do in the future, but right now my two top choices are Astrophysics and Engineering. I love physics at school so, SO much and doing something in that area would be great, but right now I'm torn between these two areas of physics. Is there a way to combine both of them together? Also, I'm not talking about Aerospace engineering...I'm thinking more along the lines of Chemical Engineering, but more to do with physics and astronomy instead. I'm not sure this makes sense but any help is totally welcome :)

There's lots of programs out there that combine physics and engineering, they're typicalled engineering physics, applied physics, or engineering science, University of Michigan is an example:

http://www.engin.umich.edu/college/academics/bulletin/depts/engin-phys

Wisconsin-Madison has a program combining Physics, Engineering, and Applied Math:

http://www.math.wisc.edu/amep

Chemical engineering doesn't use astrophysics at all, though astrophysics might use topics from chemistry to look at planetary atmospheres and whatnot. Aerospace engineering uses orbital dynamics to trace out spacecraft trajectories though and uses lots mechanics to look at fluids and materials for propulsion and electromagnetism if they're doing communication or advanced propulsion systems. Both are really big fields, best of luck with researching them.
 

Related to Combining Astrophysics and Engineering?

1. What is the relationship between astrophysics and engineering?

Astrophysics and engineering are closely related fields that work together to understand and explore the vast universe. Astrophysics is the study of celestial objects and their behavior, while engineering applies scientific principles to design, build, and improve technology. In the context of space exploration, engineering plays a crucial role in creating the instruments and spacecraft necessary to study and observe celestial objects.

2. How do engineers contribute to astrophysics research?

Engineers play a significant role in astrophysics research by developing and building telescopes, satellites, and other instruments that are used to observe and collect data from space. They also design and build spacecraft that can travel to distant planets and gather information about our solar system and beyond. Additionally, engineers develop advanced computer programs and algorithms to analyze the vast amounts of data collected by astrophysicists.

3. What are some examples of astrophysics and engineering collaborations?

There are numerous examples of successful collaborations between astrophysics and engineering. One notable example is the Hubble Space Telescope, which was designed and built by engineers in collaboration with astrophysicists. Another example is the Mars rover missions, where engineers worked closely with astrophysicists to design vehicles capable of exploring the Martian surface and conducting scientific experiments.

4. How does astrophysics benefit from advancements in engineering?

Advancements in engineering have greatly benefited astrophysics research in many ways. For example, the development of more powerful and precise telescopes has allowed astrophysicists to observe and study celestial objects in greater detail. Similarly, advancements in computer technology and data analysis have enabled astrophysicists to process and analyze massive amounts of data, leading to new discoveries and insights about the universe.

5. What are some potential future developments in the combination of astrophysics and engineering?

The future of combining astrophysics and engineering holds exciting possibilities. Some potential developments include the development of new space propulsion systems that could enable humans to travel deeper into space, the use of artificial intelligence in data analysis and exploration, and the creation of advanced telescopes and instruments that can detect and study new phenomena in the universe. Additionally, further collaborations between these two fields could lead to new discoveries and advancements in our understanding of the universe.

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