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From mechanical to optical engineering

  1. Oct 18, 2015 #1
    Hi there,

    Is it easily possible to change to optical engineering for the MSc and being involved in big telescope constructions after getting a BSc degree in mechanical engineering?

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  3. Oct 18, 2015 #2
    It is not a common or an easy jump. I expect it would be easier with good grades, test scores, recommendations, course work related to optics, and research related to optics. A mediocre ME major should forget about it.
  4. Oct 19, 2015 #3

    Andy Resnick

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    Depends on what you mean by 'easily'. There is considerable involvement of mechanical engineering in the design and construction of large telescopes (https://www.amazon.com/Astronomical...rds=astronomical+optics+and+elasticity+theory) , it's just that there aren't many projects to get involved on.
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