5 Replies Latest reply: Nov 7, 2013 12:19 PM by Elizabeth Bitante RSS


Amy Kurr
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I am thinking about going into engineering but I don't know which type I would like. Could you explain why you chose the engineering major you did, what it is all about, and some of the different subjects you have studied so I can get a better picture of what I would do with that major?



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    Seandra Mitchell

    HI Amy, we have a large number of students from a wide variety of majors working in the Admission Office. I will tag a few of them and they can share their response. Also, if you haven't visited yet, I'd like to invite you to campus. We can also connect you with current students during your visit. Elizabeth Bitante Jake Bradley Zach Crouse Neree Croteau

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    Neree Croteau


    I am currently a junior in the civil engineering program. The reason I chose this field is that I enjoy the design and construction of large projects. The area where most of these can be found is in infrastructure which is primarily the focus of civil engineers. Our major has 4 specialties at MSOE which are Environmental, Water Resources, Structural, and Construction Management. Water and environmental deal with landfill design, water treatment, and storm water control. I am a structural and we deal with design of various structures. For myself after I graduate I can work as either a construction manager, designer, or both. In the first 2 years all civil students take the same courses which include physics, math, chemistry, and materials. In the 3rd year we all take geotechincal engineering, and transportation engineering. I as a structural will also take advanced structural analysis and steel and concrete. If you go to the link I have attached you can scroll to the civil engineering section and see the course track for each specialty. I hope this is enough information to get you started. If you have any more questions please ask.



    Neree Croteau

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    Zach Crouse

    I am a Senior Biomolecular Engineer. I chose this major because I enjoy biology and chemistry and the various applications of the two fields to make new products and improve processes. Biomolecular engineers are found in many industries including pharmaceuticals, medicine, biotech, agriculture, cosmetics, consumer products, chemical manufacturing, food industry and many more. Essentially any where that uses materials from biological sources or that are degraded biologically or the  biomolecular engineers are present. Courses that I have taken include applications in biochemistry, biotechnology, genomics in engineering, bioreactors, bioseparations, biophysics, biopolymer engineering, nanotechnology, drug delivery, and metabolic engineering. My senior design project is creating a microcapsule drug delivery system that can release anti-cancerous drugs in the colon. 

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    Nancy Tanaka

    If you enjoy working with circuits and computer programming, you should check out Computer Engineering (CE).  As a CE, I've programmed robots to follow a specific path on the floor and built a printed circuit board (PCB) that connects to a camera and tracks a target. I've also programmed LEDs to blink at certain frequencies and built a calculator to print out its results onto a cute little LCD display. With this major, you get experience working with computer hardware, programming languages (such as Java, C, C++, VHDL), as well as oscilloscopes for measuring signal frequencies/voltages/etc.. And you get a lot of hands-on experience in your laboratory sessions, as you can see from the projects I've listed above.


    Even though my major is in Computer Engineering, I can get a Software Engineering (SE) or Electrical Engineering (EE) position as a job after I graduate. In fact, I'm currently working as an Electrical Engineering Intern at my job.

    It's also very easy to switch to either SE or EE your first year as a CE because almost all of your courses as a Freshman overlap with courses from those majors. Or, if you find that you don't enjoy your CE/SE major and have decided you want to go into the Business side of computers, MSOE offers a 2+2 program that will transfer some of your Computer or Software Engineering courses to a major in Management Information Systems (MIS). I've had many friends in my major decide to switch to an MIS major in their second year at MSOE. Some credits from their previous majors counted towards some credits in MIS and allowed them to graduate in 4 years, even though they switched majors.


    If you have any further questions feel free to message me or send me an email.


    Good luck!

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    Elizabeth Bitante

    Hello Amy,


    I am a junior Mechanical Engineering student with Technical Communications minor. Mechanical Engineering is the most broad of all engineering majors; the degree can take you in many different directions. The other engineering majors tend to be specific directions in engineering, where as mechanical engineers have to know a little bit of everything, minus the biological aspect to engineering.


    In mechanical engineering we study various areas such as controls, materials, and the thermodynamics behind systems. The first few years, you spend a lot of time learning basics, like the other engineering paths. In your junior and senior year you start taking more mechanical engineering specific courses. The controls side of Mechanical Engineering is related to the graphical modeling and analysis of basically any system possible. In our materials classes we study the structure of various materials and the benefits and negatives to using certain materials for various types of projects. Finally, thermodynamics is something that Mechanical Engineers tend to love. In these courses you learn the laws of thermodynamics as well as how to analyze systems. You also have the opportunity to take a few elective classes that will help you specialize in a certain area.


    As for when you graduate, there are many paths you can take. Almost any industry has mechanical engineers and we have the ability to work on just about any type of project because of the broad spectrum of classes we have. For example, I plan on going into the aerospace industry, so my electives I choose to take will help me "specialize" in that area without actually declaring a specialty.


    Also, Jon Feilen, might be able to elaborate on this! He is a senior Mechanical Engineering student.


    Feel free to ask any other questions you have!