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Studying How to go about studying ME and EE.

  1. Oct 27, 2011 #1
    Hello everyone. I'm currently working towards a D&D degree, and afterwards I'm going into an engineering program. I'm definitely going to be getting my BS in ME and Physics also. And afterwards I would like to get my MS in ME as well. But alas, I have always loved electrical engineering. I'm a big fan of Nikola Tesla if that tells you anything. Now my problem is trying to find the best method of working in an EE education alongside my current plan.

    Here's my current planned path:

    Drafting & Design AS(almost finished with this)>BS in Me and BS in Physics(dual major)>MS in ME

    I've come to the following few possiblities:

    -Get my BS in ME and Physics and take some fundamental EE classes on the side a then after I get my masters in ME work part time towards getting a Masters in EE.

    -Just get my BS in physics and then get master degrees in both engineering disciplines.

    -Just go my current path and minor in EE

    -Go my current path but also get a BS in EE after completion of my other programs.(a lot of the courses overlap so it would only take about 3 extra semesters at the school I'm going to)

    I'm open to any other suggestions.

    I really would like to be a design engineer.See my main area of interest is energy, both fossil/standard energy and alternative/experimental. I'm also interested in weapons engineering(which is a good field where I live), robotics, and just general innovation in these fields. I'd like to think that I'm an exceptionally creative and intelligent person, wouldn't we all though, and I feel like I can really offer something to these fields. I love the idea of research and innovating new designs.

    I am admittedly green to the matter at hand though. So any information or criticism concerning that matter would be appreciated.

    My main question is really just what the best method to go about studying to be able to work in these two disciplines would be?
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  3. Oct 28, 2011 #2
    What kind of work do you want to do when you get out of school?
  4. Oct 28, 2011 #3
    The things you mentioned you are interested in look more like ME and Physics.
    The portion of EE that would help the most is analog, and most EE programs are focused on digital. Research can be great, but when you plow new ground, expect to hit a bunch of rocks.
    A good ME program will also include a lot of physics. You would almost be starting as a freshman, as most AS programs are not a good fit for a 4-5 year Engineering program.
    If this is your passion, keep learning, and don't get discouraged.
  5. Oct 29, 2011 #4
    Well it depends really. I live and study in New Orleans and the MS gulf coast. Realistically the most prominent industry for engineers in my area is the oil industry. But, there are also a lot of experimental energy concept companies around here. I would love to work with one of these companies, but it's all very new and fairly competitive. My idea is to just really bone up on some of the aspects of electrical engineering and get the required classes to enroll in a masters in ee program that doesn't require a thesis. They have one at my school here, and it just uses a personal research and design project to replace it. It takes less time, and I can sort of focus it on the aspects of ee that I really want to cover.(power systems and electromagnetics)
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