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Pursuing robotics as career

  1. Nov 7, 2009 #1
    I am 1st year frosh currently enrolled in engineering science program at University of Toronto.
    I was always fascinated by robots, and when I joined high school's robotics team and worked as a core executive member, that was pretty much the happiest time of my life.

    Anyways, I want to know which education path I should take in order for me to become decent 'mechatronics' engineer.

    Currently, in our program we get to choose our specializations in 3rd year. They include, aerospace, biomedical, electrical/computer, physics, nanotechnology, infrastructure, and energy systems. I was thinking of going to electrical/computer since they seem to be closest to robotics itself. However, I heard that aerospace option will allow me to do robotics as well. Which option do you think is better?

    Also, I was thinking of doing masters degree in robotics related engineering. They seem to range from mechanical, systems, and electrical/computer engineering. What kind of engineering should I apply for at that time?

    Any reply will be appreciated.
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  3. Nov 7, 2009 #2
    I guess out of that list I personally would choose electrical/computer engineering. Mechanical engineering is a very good choice also, but you don't have that listed up there. Even physics could help. For instance a course in mechanics would be crucial and even solid-state physics might be good too. Robotics sort of combines a lot of engineering together, since you need mathematics/mechanics to help describe configuration spaces, electrical engineering for controls and electronics, computer engineering for hardware/software communication, computer science for algorithms and AI, physics for material science, etc. I definitely am not knowledgeable in robotics, but I was interested in them at a time. This is just general advice. Be sure you get others advice, and hopefully an expert in robotics will descend upon this thread.

    Does your school have a robotics team or group of researchers? Go talk to somewhere involved in robotics at your school. Contact a graduate program in robotics.
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