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Any other engineers out there?

Well its official I have enrolled to start working towards my Ph.D in Mech. Engineering. Was just wondering if there are any other engineers here? and if so where did you go to school / what degree do you have?
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I'm working on my bachelors in Computer Engineering at UIUC
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For the longest I figured I would go that route or something computer related since I have always been into computers but then I realized I was more into taking **** apart and putting it back together than computers themselves so I went for Mechanical.
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my fathers a engineer and loves it!
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I am looking forward to starting on my Ph.D but at the same time I am scared because I hear a lot of horror stories about the workload. I know its not going to be easy. luckily I have enough grants/scholarships/savings to work on it full time and not work but after reading that there is a 37% drop out rate I'm a little worried I might just be wasting my time and money (luckily my parents are paying for a large portion of it ).
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yes it is alot of work. And depending on where you get a job its not the best paying job ever.. But it is a good and stable carrer. Go for it man
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Well its official I have enrolled to start working towards my Ph.D in Mech. Engineering. Was just wondering if there are any other engineers here? and if so where did you go to school / what degree do you have?
Cool. Then we'll have to call you doctor.
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I have a bachelors in Chemical Engineering. I toyed with the idea of post graduate degrees, but I am more of a hands on person. The ONLY gripe I have with the engineering field is the necessity to move around pretty often.

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I have a bachelors in Chemical Engineering. I toyed with the idea of post graduate degrees, but I am more of a hands on person. The ONLY gripe I have with the engineering field is the necessity to move around pretty often.

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I did a bunch of chemical engineering in college... well in HS too... I don't think they are giving out degrees for that though...
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I did a bunch of chemical engineering in college... well in HS too... I don't think they are giving out degrees for that though...
wrong kind of engineering
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I graduated Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a mehcanical engineering degree. I've been working with my company for a couple years now as a manufacturing engineer- seems like almost a totally different world of work! In the very VERY near future, it looks like I may be moving in the company to a field service engineer/ marketing/ product support type position. It seems really challenging, but also really rewarding too. Good Luck on that degree!
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I am starting my first week of college at University of Missouri - Rolla (now Missouri University of Science and Technology) and planning on majoring in EE.
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To all aspiring engineers: Take your statics and dynamics courses very seriously and spend as much time as possible studying them. If the schools you are attending/ planning to attend were anything like mine, these were the two courses that made or broke most engineers - mechanical engineers in particular were notorious for changing majors after not passing these courses on more than one occasion (they are a core class for ME's)

Good luck to everybody. The course work is tough, but very doable if you just give it enough time and effort.
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I have my Bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering from Boston University with highest honors.j

I am still at BU as a graduate research fellow... halfway done with my Master's (with thesis) and will get the PhD after that.

I basically get paid to go to school... pretty sweet deal.

I also have worked a couple summers for the US Army at Natick Soldier Center (often called natick labs) developing autonomously guided cargo airdrop systems.
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At this point in time I am planning on graduating with a bachelors then goin to CalTech or somewhere comparable and getting Masters or maybe PhD. It all depends.
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Yeah I'm hoping to go to grad school too, preferably not at UIUC... I'm tired of the midwest. I havent given it much thought yet because even if I do go to grad school it won't be for at least 3-4 years. I'm planning on taking a few years off after getting my BS cuz I'll only be 20 years old when i graduate. so I want to slow it down a bit.

that army thing sounds like interesting stuff ceo
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