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Would I like the world of computational mechanics

  1. Mar 23, 2013 #1
    I'm a first year ME student considering my options.

    I'd consider myself fairly far to the theoretical, hands-off side of humankind. I'm better with differential equations than with a wrench, so to speak. This basically leaves me with two realistic options - control systems and computational mechanics.

    I had my heart set on control systems for a while, but I'm starting to think that's not really my style either. I get the impression control systems engineering revolves around a lot of circuit/sensor fidgeting, fairly dull mathematics and PID-controllers.

    On the other hand, computational mechanics used to seem unbelievably dry and inaccessible. But I think I'm starting to see the appeal, although I'm not 100% certain reality fits my current image of the discipline. I imagine a fairly quiet job involving a good amount of mathematics, programming and simulation. Fluid mechanics, structural dynamics, heat transfer, stuff like that. It also seems as, if you're good, you'd be in pretty high demand by a lot of different businesses.

    Am I terribly off? What nasty dissapointments does computational mechanics hold?
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  3. Mar 24, 2013 #2
    Practical, hands-on-the-computer work.
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