Oyenbhen (Joy), Riverside, CA asked Zahra Khan, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

AddedTuesday, February 18, 2014 at 1:23 AM

Software or Aerospace Engineering?
Hello! First, I want to thank you for taking time out of your day to read this. I'm a little confused on what I should major in. I really want to create software for space craft but I'm not sure if I should study Software Engineering or go into Aerospace/Astronautical Engineering. I enjoy programming more than anything but space fascinates me as well. Is there a way to combine the two or would one be better than the other? Thank you for your time, Oyenbhen
Related to Aeronautical/Aerospace , Choosing a Degree, Engineering Branches, Software
  • Amelia Scharrer , WHPacific
    Answered Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 1:23 AM
    Hi Oyenbhen - I am so glad you wrote in.  So I will admit I know very little of software design, but I do know a little about aerospace engineering.  If you want to design software regardless of where it goes, I would look into software engineering.  I also encourage you to find a university that has both programs, because than you can talk with the professors about the possibility of a dual degree or a minor. You can also take classes in both programs and make sure you enjoy the work. Also if you love space why not look at astronomy as hobby, most universities have a telescope and an astronomy club. 
    ~Amelia