I am a college student majoring in electrical engineering. I attend the
Univesity of Nevada-Las Vegas. I would like to know what are some good
schools in the United States to pursue a graduate degree in electrical
engineering. I am currently considering University of Washington,
University of California-Los Angelas, and the University of Arizona.
in article 9bG1e.23513$v26.9121@fed1read06, Corey C. Carter at
TRIPLE_C snipped-for-privacy@COX.NET wrote on 3/27/05 2:09 PM:
UCLA in general seems to be theoretical as opposed to hands on. Usually they
select good people for their graduate program, and good people, can
ultimately become good engineers. My son, who graduated from UCLA, but not
as an engineer, commented that as soon as a course turns out to be truly
practical useful, it gets dropped.
I had a UCLA grad work for me for a short period. He was very sharp but did
not know what typical resistors looked like or what the color code
describing them was.
So, if can learn your practical stuff by being an equipment oriented radio
amateur (not likely these days) UCLA could end up being a good choice.
I want a graduate degree because I feel the more I know the more I can
contribute to the world of not only electrical engineering, but the world as
a whole. There is a world of knowledge out there and I am out to aquire it.
Not to belabor the point, but do you want to do research, design, or perhaps
make money? What if any experience did you gain while in undergraduate
training? What area of graduate studies do you want to apply yourself?
There are many fine institituions out there and without a little insight
into what you really intend to do, none of us can contribute any info of
If you merely want a mostrous challenge why don't you apply to MIT or
That is really what I am looking for. I am looking for a challenge. I
would like to be on the design side of things. One of my goals, as with
many other people's, is to find a 100% completely renewable energy source.
That is certainly a good goal! Have you worked in the energy industry or
taken courses in power systems? I ask because this might give you some
insight into where the field is today as you proceed to where you want to
go. Be careful to not put too much effort into a specific design field as
it will likely go through a complete upheaval within a 10 year period.
Systems Engineering is very powerful but does not necessarily get into the
details of a design. You might also need to extend into a great deal of
Mechanical Eng to cover renwable energy adequately.
FWIW I am working in aerospace with a BSEE and a certificate in
Astronautical Eng. I have found there to be much that is accesible in my
industry without requiring a graduate degree and I am still learning new
things every day.
are some good
UCLA will probably be the best for your resume.. Arizona the
best for parties, and Washington the best for fishing and
Then my advice...avoid the engineering business like the
plague.. its a den of snakes in many aspects.. and you are
competing now with Russians and Indians who worj fir 20 bucks
a day. SF city cops are earning 100 to 120 k a year, many
electrical engineers are working for 80k.. after taxes thats
less than bus fare.
Get an advanced degree and go into the highest level of
research that turns you on...then start your own high end
my two bits of advice at least.
Phil Scott, age 64
worked in 35 states.. its messy.
goals, as with
For that get an advanced degree in physics... electrical
engineering is limited in regard to the broader aspects of
renewable energy. My view is that nuclear is workable
now, and fusion will be ideal later when we get it working.
(my initials are scatched into the stainless cryoframe of the
fusion energy experiment at LLNL...1989)
Solar is too difuse to be economically collectable to levels
needed in industry..for a home its semi viable with wind
assist..and city power for back up...for industry solar is not
even a faint drop in the bucket.
Its the diffusion issues that preclude most renewable sources
ultimately, we call it low grade heat in the mech engineering
bidness... recovery is a problem.
To accomplish your cultural goals physics is the route, with
your electrical background you will have very good mix of