Sunday, June 13, 2010

Random bit of Information

Tissue engineering and related material really interested me and set a spark of curiosity because of the vast potential unleashed by its conception. I wanted to pursue a field dealing with this sort of technology and be a part of the trend this field was leading. Because of this I decided to discover what exactly this field was called and what major would encompass this discipline. I found out that it was biomedical engineering, so if you have the same mentality as me then it is likely that you would enjoy biomedical engineering as a career choice.

Another useful piece of information is the realities of research. My uncle, a worker in the medical field, first enlightened me to the realities of pure research. A second person, a biomedical engineer, reinforced what he told me. The overall message is that to a majority of people, pure research is boring. Although working in a lab on molecular research sounds great on paper, the realities are not so fantastical. Finding a major discovery can still be accomplished without this kind of pure research perhaps by directing others on their research, or working your way up the corporate ladder until you attain the resources to either open a biomedical engineering firm or become a partner, or something similar to this. This would allow you to perform all the personal research you wanted, while still not being bound to only performing that tedious task. This is only one alternative as I am sure there are many others. If you have other questions on this please feel free to ask by commenting.

Miscellaneous Engineering

I do not want to limit this service, so if you would like to send questions about other careers and fields I would be more than happy to seek out an answer for you, but my ability to find the answer would not be as guaranteed as if it were an engineering related question.

Also, feel free to leave any bits of your own information regarding engineering since no one can ever know enough about the field.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Mechanical Engineering

Until I have a direct inquiry about this field, I will simply provide you with a broad overview of the field. It deals with everything from automotive manufacturing to nuclear energy production. A great summary is provided by this link - .

As with all engineering disciplines, it is very math intensive and most colleges will require much work because of the intense curriculum. It is a very hands on field and if you love math, physics, and other sciences, it could be perfect for you.

This post has been very vague, so if you are interested into more in depth details about it simply let me know by commenting on any post.

More info on biomedical engineering

I forgot to mention in the post about biomedical engineering that it is a field with many jobs, but they are highly concentrated in certain areas, so if you live in a small town that does not contain a very technologically advanced system, you will most likely be relocated.


Friday, June 11, 2010

Petroleum Engineering

I live in Louisiana, so petroleum engineering is a very common field to partake in due to the large oil industry of the area. It is known for high starting salaries, but also it is common knowledge that many petroleum engineers must work on oil rigs. Their main line of work lies in the process of extracting oil, a very complex process.
A complete overview of this career is can be found at
It's not very long so I will just provide you with what the website says:
Discovery of natural sources, examination of natural characteristics, and development of modern machinery for extraction and processing—all fall under the scope of petroleum engineers Petroleum engineers are engaged in the globe world for oil and natural gas reservoirs. After they discover there reservoirs, they are involved in working with geologists and other specialists for examining the geologic formation and the nature of the rock containing the reservoir, determining the drilling methods to be used, and monitoring the drilling and production activities. They also work on designing tools and operation procedures in order to gain efficiency in the recovery of oil and gas. Computers are used extensively by petroleum engineers in order to calculate the nest possible method of recovery of petroleum from different reservoirs. Models and designs of drilling and other equipment are also simulated on computers.

Keep in mind, though, the current crisis in the Gulf with BP and the policies the government is leaning toward when thinking about this field. Once again, if you have any questions I will willingly seek the answer and relay it to you as soon as possible.

Chemical Engineering

Chemical Engineering has some similarities to biomedical engineering, and a great source of information concerning chemical engineering can be found at this link

If you still have questions concerning this field, feel free to contact me.
Also, don't confuse a chemist with a chemical engineer; chemists, on average, have lower salaries than chemical engineers and do not deal with the machinery that chemical engineers deal with typically.

Biomedical Engineering Information

Because my enlightenment to the scarcity of information was prompted through biomedical engineering, I will share what I learned about this field. First, be sure when picking a college that it is ABET accredited. This is incredibly important since I learned that employers heavily weigh upon the accreditation. I was also informed that unless you want to be fixing hospital equipment your whole life, you will need to go to graduate school. Another interesting topic is that I learned that the curriculum the individual I spoke to said that there were about four main concentrations of the field and students had to pick one. They were chemical, mechanical, electrical, and nanotechnology. Each of these were pretty different, so it is important to note that a biomedical engineer would have difficulty mastering all of these fields. There is more information, so if you are still curious I can seek it for you; just ask.