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Other Possible tracks during Masters Aerospace Engineering?

  1. Apr 26, 2017 #1
    I am having a bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering and worked in consumer products production industry for some 4 years. I decided to go for Aerospace Engineering masters, a complete change of track from my work experience, primarily due to my passion for aviation. I wanted to ask what topics/tracks can I select that not only make my previous kinda irrelevant experience count, and is primarily focused on aviation side. Some tracks I see possible are:

    • Composite Materials
    • Flight loads/Aeroelasticity/Aerodynamics
    • Contemporary Manufacturing Techniques (like 3D printing)
    • CFD/Finite Element Method/Simulation
    These are some very focused tracks. However, since I did not have any work experience in them, apart from basic know-how through bachelors and now masters, I am afraid of having to choose one of these fields and later on find out it's too much for me. I am good with CAD softwares, some analysis packages (like ANSYS as well).

    Another field, for which I do not have enough insight or information is related to commercial aviation management, airports, air navigation & regulation, development etc. Is it possible to work on a thesis in these kind of fields and later on do a PhD? I find that these fields are mainly operations management and systems development. Does the industry work in the form of research groups on these topics and that, it is possible to go for a PhD in it (which is my main goal).

    Looking forward to the advice.

    Warm Regards
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  3. Apr 26, 2017 #2

    Fervent Freyja

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    Have you checked to see if your university offers a doctorate for aerospace systems engineering? The thesis/dissertation must be completed in academia for credit (which may be partnered with industry R&D), you cannot usually work on it through an employer in industry, although industry is the bulk of research in systems development. It looks like to me that you are already qualified to work in many of those positions, I don't see a need for you to work on a doctorate just yet, unless you are wanting to start out at a higher level position. Maybe a track that you are somewhat prepared for, but still will learn from the challenge? Looks like you could start out confidently with CFD/FEM. Have you started looking at available positions to get a feel for what your options are?
  4. Apr 28, 2017 #3
    Thank you Fervent for your input.

    You are right that thesis is always done with academia. However, you can sometimes opt for thesis in a company, where a supervisor from university supervises as well as one from industry.

    On numbers, yes I might count as experienced guy. But as I mentioned, my years of working experience are not related to aviation/aeronautics. I am looking for advice to pick a track where this experience can count a bit.
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