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We’re in the future, people. Right in the middle of a sci-fi novel. Proof of that is the fact that we’ve got cyborg suits that can battle radiation, 3d printers and 3d cameras that can track your movement, robots that can perform delicate surgery, projects to control asteroids, and cars that drive themselves. It sounds like an episode of the old cartoon, The Jetsons.
But it’s not. It’s reality. And because of that it’s not surprising that a lot of people want you to become an engineer or computer scientist. Those are two fields which are really leading the frontlines in advancements in science and technology. In fact it’s become so big that it’s being compared to what was happening 60 years ago.
60 years ago was the economy boom right after World War II, and that really strong postwar economy made it easy for America to lead the way in technological innovation. Today, you can tell how cool science careers are by how much media glorifies them: we’ve got hackers on a lot of crime drama shows being portrayed as magicians, technology being used by the good guys and the bad guys, programming being shown as a common job, and a lot of other things.
You know when it hits mainstream, it’s no longer a secret.
Yeah, well that’s because the secret’s out. Engineering and computer science are the jobs to have, and it’s big in universities. Check out some of the biggest OSU research projects from 2011. Count how many of them are engineering or CS-related.
- Looking back: Selected OSU research projects 2011
- Teaching STEM: From comic books to video games
- OSU posts 100 years of research online. Looking at research on a topic of interest is the first step to an engineering project: see what data there is and what kinds of problems have been solved, so you can solve a new one (or solve the same one in a better way).