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Help! I am 30 yr old who wants to study EECS

  1. Aug 22, 2009 #1
    I have an undergraduate and master's degree in economics, and a PhD (candidacy) in industrial engineering.

    As part of some research I have been doing on campus, I have discovered my true calling: to build hardware and software to help promote democracy and improve the lives of people in minority communities and developing countries.

    As a result, I have decided to study electrical engineering, in embedded systems, I think. The question is what is the best way to do so after having obtained a PhD.

    First, there is the issue of prerequisites. As an economist by training, I only possess the minimal math required for economics and industrial engineering. I've never taken physics, biology or chemistry, other than in high school. I assume I will need to take these prerequisites -- at least, math, physics, and chemistry -- to study electrical engineering.

    Second, do I do a Master's degree, and if so, in what concentration? My interest is in HW and SW engineering and in communications like mixed signals or DSP. Would this be a concentration in embedded systems, or should I be considering other concentrations as well?

    Finally, if I do not get a Master's degree, should I just do another Bachelor's in Electrical Engineering?

    In any case, I've found it difficult to figure out how to navigate the process by myself, so I would appreciate any suggestions, help, and advice that you may have to share so as to figure out the best path to pursue.

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