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Yasmeen, Cairo

AddedWednesday, May 29, 2013 at 2:54 AM

Choosing a university degree
Hello, I'm a freshman at university and it's time to choose my major. This is probably my last resort, I'll go mad soon from not yet knowing. Please help! I am very interested in mechatronics, but i fear that it is not well known and common in the US. I heard many people say all i'll do is work in a factory which of course isn't the best environment for a girl, and that I'll only be able to maintain already made mechatronic machines, but i want to invent them myself, and be innovative, though all i the replies to me were that only few people make it to 'inventing' those machines, the people graduating from universities like MIT and harvard and with extraordinarily high IQ. Do I stand a chance in achieving my dream of creating/inventing something contributing to the future? Is it possible to turn to the field of electronics with a degree in mechatronics? would employers accept it? Thank you so much.
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  • Zahra Khan , Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Answered Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 2:54 AM
    Mechatronics is a really fun field.
    I think there may be some confusion as to what mechatronic engineers might do.
    Mechatronic engineers usually work in designing robotic systems and building and testing them. Some mechatronic engineers work at factories but what they do is design the machines using in factories, they don't operate the machines. Maintenance engineers might work in figuring out problems with factory machines and design solutions for these.
    But engineering in general is mostly about inventing solutions to problems. So thats what you'd be doing if studying mechatronics, inventing the machines. You don't need to graduate from a big name school to do this. And you can also try go to a place like MIT if you like. 
    Engineering school teaches you how to solve problems using math and science, which can involve a lot of creative and inventive projects. All engineering schools teach engineering design. 
    As for employers, you should pick a field in school that you're passionate about. Employers are flexible about the kinds of degrees they accept. This is because regardless of what type of engineering you study, the big thing that engineering school teaches you to do is solve problems and your skills can be used in other engineering disciplines than the one you majored in.