Isaiah Sotelo asked Erin Cvrkel, L3Harris

AddedTuesday, May 28, 2019 at 8:52 PM

What is a good complement to aerospace engineering?

Out of math, physics, and computer science, which is more useful / fundamental to an aerospace engineer? I plan on getting my bachelors in aerospace engineering in college. But I am also interested in math, physics, and computer science. If i want to double major which would be more helpful in my career? I understand they are all important, but which would complement aerospace engineering the best? Or are there any other majors that might better help me in that career path? I appreciate any answer.

Related to Aeronautical/Aerospace , Choosing a Degree, Engineering Skills, Merging Fields, Preparation for College
  • Erin Cvrkel , L3Harris
    Answered Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at 3:57 PM
    Hi Isaiah,  and thank you for your question.  At the most basic level, I would say to follow your passion, should one of these choices call to you more strongly than the others, since all three are great complements.  I do believe that you absolutely cannot go wrong by developing fluency in computer languages and programming, almost regardless of your desired areas of interest and speciality.  
    
    That said, there are possible great fits with other areas of study as well.  Consider the future of person/machine interfaces as it relates to remote operations of unmanned vehicles.  Now imagine how knowledge of neuroscience might be a tremendous advantage.
    
    If you don’t have that clear of a vision of where you’d like to go, any of the choices you offer is a good one.  But, if you have another subject or area that really piques your interest, the connection between that and engineering may very well inform your direction and point you toward a particular field.  It may also inspire you to create a field that doesn’t even exist today!  I have friends who’ve done exactly that.  
    
    I hope this gives you some things to think about.  Good luck on your journey, I hope to be reading about you one day! 
    
    Erin