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Need career guidance Nuclear Engineeringor?

  1. Apr 6, 2010 #1
    Need career guidance!! Nuclear Engineering..or??

    Hi everyone!

    I just graduated from an undergraduate degree in physics...and now i'm stumped as to what i should be doing next. I'm thinking of working at a local company for a year then proceed to taking higher degree courses. As of now, I live in the 3rd World country called the Philippines which is suffering the worst Electricity-Shortage problem in our history...If only we had 300MW more of power..oh yeah! there was this one nuclear powerplant that was constructed many years back but was not put into operation because of fears (unbased fears).

    That is why I thought I would pursue a Master's degree in Nuclear Engineering in the future. Of course we don't have that kind advanced course here in our country, that is why i prefer to study somewhere abroad. I have this extended family in the city of Melbourne, Australia...that is why I would like to ask if is there anyone around here that has an idea if there are competent universities that offer such a course as above? By the way, I do not come from such a well-off family and would prefer that the university I enroll in would offer scholarships. In terms of academic background, I could say I am not that much lacking. I graduated Magna Cum Laude and have a couple of extra-curricular awards and activities.

    On the other hand, I predict that solar technology would become our primary source of energy in the future. So I also thought that if not Nuclear, let's go solar! So which do you thing would be better than both? What Master's Degree should I take if I wanted to be an credible expert (redundant yes?) in Solar technology? Are there any known universities in Australia that offer such a course?

    Any help will be very much appreciated!
     
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  3. Apr 6, 2010 #2

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    Re: Need career guidance!! Nuclear Engineering..or??

    One might look into ANU, Canberra ACT, Australia
    http://physics.anu.edu.au/nuclear/

    Both solar and wind technologies are viable technologies, and for those, one could obtain an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering or Physics.

    Otherwise, if one wanted to Nuclear Engineering, the best opportunity may be in the US at one of the following institutions:

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
    University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Purdue University-West Lafayette (IN)
    Texas A&M University-College Station
    North Carolina State University
    Pennsylvania Station University-University Park
    University of California-Berkeley
    Oregon State University
    University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign
    University of Tennessee-Knoxville
    University of Florida
    Georgia Institute of Technology
    University of Missouri-Columbia
    Ohio State University
    Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (NY)
     
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