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On standards or conventions specific to engineering as an academic discipline, and programs that lead to a degree in this field

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What good is engineering research with no practical relevance?

I am a Ph.D. student currently doing research at a top engineering school in North America. I am becoming more and more jaded at the fact that a sizable portion of the research conducted at my ...
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Is it frowned upon to go to office hours as a graduate student?

I'm a graduate student (PhD, first year) in physics, and there have been a few times where I just can't figure out something regarding the material/subject of the class. Normally I just tell myself ...
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PhD advisor lost funding, need advice

I am an international PhD student in an engineering department in US and was fully funded for all two years, but just two weeks before the fall semester (without any warning), my advisor informed me ...
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What can I do with like-new, recent-edition textbooks that I'm not allowed to sell?

My employer is sponsoring most of the tuition and fees for my master's degree (in aerospace engineering), including required textbooks. Thus, it is unethical and against policy for me to sell those ...
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Advisor transferring to better school

I am currently at a Top-20 engineering school in the US. I am making great progress on my PhD and have an excellent relationship with my advisor. My advisor is transferring to a Top-3 engineering ...
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What skills can I get during a PhD to be competitive on the job market against non-PhD holders?

Earning a PhD help you learn tools and techniques in your field, and lets you become an expert in a very specific field of science. However, once you get your degree and try to enter the labor market, ...
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How to establish ties with the industry as a young engineering professor?

Next January, I will start as an assistant professor in a respected university. My field of work is civil engineering, and I have diplomas (Masters, PhD) in the engineering studies (Hydraulics, ...
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Graduate math student migrating to engineering?

I don't know how to start, truly, but lately I've been involved with some projects in pure mathematics and I've grown frustrated and disappointed. I don't think that pure mathematics is so inspiring; ...
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Is there a difference in academic writing styles between engineering and women's studies?

Coming from engineering, when you write a paper, the goal is to be objective and analytical. We use references and try to define terms for a clear understanding. The goal at least is to provide ...
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What is typically expected of a conference session chair?

In this recent question, the OP there describes a situation where they were assigned to be a session chair without being asked to do so. After reading the above question, and having never chaired a ...
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Is there any general consensus that either Elsevier or Springer is viewed as more prestigious for publishing in engineering?

What (if any) is the general consensus out there regarding publishing in one of these journals vs the other? I am a mechanical engineer, specialising in fluid flow and heat transfer, so would it be ...
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Adviser-Poaching and the Politics of Graduate School

My boyfriend, Mark, is pursuing his PhD in Aerospace Engineering at a prestigious school. He has just finished up his 2nd year and passed his qualifying exam last semester. His adviser is Chinese, and ...
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Are you expected to bring poster presentations to academic conferences?

BACKGROUND I am attending an academic (engineering) conference where I am schedule to speak for my paper which was accepted, using MS PowerPoint/videos to assist my talk. This is my first conference....
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How do people in academia know whether their research, result, theorem or thesis is original work?

I am curious as to how academia continues itself without replication or reinventing the wheel. So many academicians in so many areas of work, how would one ever find out whether the work he or she is ...
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How important is mathematics in engineering research?

In EE/EC/CS departments, there are certain fields that are theory-based (like the algo or complexity groups), ones that lean towards systems implementation (OS, programming languages, etc) and others ...
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Tips for engineering students applying math in their research

I hold an engineering undergraduate degree in EC. When I went to a good school for my post-grad, I found that research in many EC/CS departments required a lot of core math expertise which my UG ...
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After my employment ends, can I keep working without pay at my current research center, on independent research?

I have a bachelor degree in Computer Engineering. I worked as a Research Engineer in a Research Center. It was a fully paid Engineering position funded by European projects. However, my contract ...
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Can I work as a software engineer and be a PhD student?

I'm a master student, my master's background is about IT, signal processing, and Telecommunications. It's a "research master", which means that we're trained more to do research than be an IT ...
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Is development research?

I'm a Msc student, and my project is to develop a novel software tool for use in neurosurgery. There is a current tool that is considered the standard of care for the procedure, but it has low rates ...
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In U.S., why do many engineering departments care about professional engineer registration?

I have seen many engineering departments want professional engineer registration. Why do they care?
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What are the ethics of getting help from online forums?

As an engineer, sometimes in my research I come across a mathematical problem that either is beyond my mathematical skills, or I know that someone, somewhere must have seen something like it before ...
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Is an engineering PhD enough to publish math stats research?

I'm in the second half of an electrical engineering doctorate but have come to realize that mathematical statistics and the theoretical side of information theory might be more my calling. I am too ...
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Why are women even less represented in engineering than in other STEM?

We know that women in much of the developed countries are less represented in STEM studies. However, such a statement hides the fact that women are approx. half of the students in biology, chemistry ...
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Online resources for summer schools in software engineering?

I'm looking for an online resources that lists all summer schools of the actual year in a specific domain. Are there any sites? I just found one: Summer Schools in Europe, but this site seems to be a ...
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Is machine learning causing a brain drain in math, science and engineering academic community? [closed]

Engineering undergrads that I talk to often express a desire to go learn about machine learning, AI, or data science. Even students in specialized fields, e.g. computer architecture or pure math, ...
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A large part of my master's thesis (~25%) is essentially a summary of one book. How to cite correctly and in a tastefull manner?

one of the two tasks of my master's thesis, is to look into existing knowledge that deals with the overarching topic, summarize the knowlegde and discuss whether that knowledge can be applied to solve ...
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How can an undergrad from a country with little 'international' research improve his chances of being a “good fit” for a top PhD program?

I am in my senior year of studying electrical engineering in an african university. I intend to apply to grad schools(Ph.D) a year after graduation, possibly to the top EE programs in the US (MIT, ...
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Being a Dishonest Cheat. How do I live with this? [closed]

First things first. I am not a good person - I have never pretended to be. But I tried to make my parents (more importantly my dad) proud. Today I screwed up. I sat for an exam that I don't understand ...
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Engineering Major applying to Pure Math Grad school [closed]

I'm an engineering student from Korea, but I'm going to apply to graduate school in pure mathematics (to US, UK, and other European schools). I took several classes in math and I'd like to know what ...
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What does the title “Burgerlijk ingenieur” in Belgium mean?

I finished the Master of Science and got my diploma in Belgium. Before obtaining my Masters, I did a Bachelor's in Architecture in Serbia. Altogether I studied six years (4+2). "The holder of this ...
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Part-Time PhD in the UK? How does this work?

I'm from the US but I work as an engineer in the UK. In the US, part-time engineering PhD students at high-profile universities are possible, but rare and usually limited to special cases. In the ...
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Master of Engineering vs Master of Science?

I am a Final Year Mechanical Engineering student. I want to do my Masters in the Design Engineering field. Currently I can see 2 options: Master of Science - offered in many Universities ex: ...
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Why do some US universities have “Electrical Engineering” and “Computer Engineering” vs. “Electrical Engineering and Computer Science” departments?

When I started searching for a graduate programs that fits my research interests in the United States, I noticed that some universities have separate "Computer Engineering" and "Electrical Engineering"...
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How does one change to engineering for graduate school after undergrad in a science field?

I've always had an interest in electrical engineering (actually all engineering in general) and I've decided that I'd like to pursue a graduate degree. I guess I'm wondering if I should really try to ...
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What factors does an admissions commitee use when considering a non-degree candidate in grad school?

I have an interest in taking some very specific engineering classes at my local (very competitive) university. I already have an MSEE. As it is not close enough to my current career path, I am trying ...
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Is it possible to get into a top-10 engineering graduate program without publications?

I would like to know if it is possible to get into top 10 engineering schools for MS/Phd program without any publications?
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How much does “having publications” mean to a undergraduate direct-PhD applicant?

I am an EE student specializing in Communications and Networks (actually a bit more on sensor networks/signal processing) who plans to apply for a direct PhD program in the top US universities. I ...
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I feel like my research is stalled because of a lack of available mentors and my lab situation isn't conducive to research. What are my options?

I'm a graduate student at a top-20 research university in the US who's working towards their PhD in an engineering field. My issue is that I feel like I'm making very slow progress towards graduating....
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After a PhD in biotechnology/engineering - more opportunities in industry or a postdoc positions?

Currently, my fiancee are both currently pursuing our PhD's in bioengineering and materials science and engineering, respectively, at the same university. She wants to eventually have an industrial ...
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What constitutes a proper scientific result in Computer Science?

I work at a university at an Information Technology department. My colleagues claim we are 'computer scientists'. However, from what I observed, most of our work is pure implementation and often ...
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From a financial standpoint, how much more can I expect to earn after my degree? [closed]

While certainly there is value to learning something you are passionate about, one might also have to consider the finnacial responsibilities after college. Thankfully for me, what I am passionate ...
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Is there a convention regarding frames around plots in engineering?

I am writing my PhD thesis in engineering at a research university in the US. My question is about using frames (or boxes) around a plot, specifically simulation results plotted as a function of time....
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Should biomedical engineering/ biotech academics aim to start businesses?

in my relatively short academic career, I've gathered that academic engineering seems to be more about creating ideas than actually iteratively improving a product using engineering methods. In my ...
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Is mathematics becoming more applied, while engineering is becoming more math-y?

Is mathematics becoming more applied, while engineering is becoming more math-y? I’m seeing curriculum changes at our school that has pretty good math, physics, and engineering departments, and it ...
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What are the typical differences between doing a math phd and an engineering phd on the same research topic?

What are the typical differences between doing a math phd and an engineering phd on the same research topic? Take, for example, fluid dynamics. Does working on a phd thesis on a problem in fluid ...
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Assistant Professor at my state university, Research Scientist at my Ivy League, or both?

I am a Research Scientist at an Ivy League. I have been offered an Assistant Professorship at the state school. The Ivy League has suggested that if I take the professorship, I could stay on in a 20% ...
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Career options after teaching oriented position

How commonly do professors at predominantly undergraduate institutions transition to different lines of work? What do they wind up doing? I have a PhD in mechanical engineering and I focus on ...
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How does an engineering undergraduate apply for master in humanities?

I am doing undergraduate in engineering but I want a transition to humanities for masters (history, anthropology). How do I do this? Should I take prerequisite courses at a community college or ...
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In terms of academic careers, does the department type matter between Computer Science, Engineering, or Information?

One of the oddities of working in an interdisciplinary field is that PhD programs - and ultimately departments where you would like to work in the future - are often offered under different ...
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Should each substantive chapter of a thesis have its own literature review in addition to the main literature review chapter?

I am a PhD candidate in the school of enginerering. This question is about my dissertation literature review. Through my review of past dissertations, I see three styles of literature review. One is ...