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help! astro/aero engineering and physics

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Hullygully Wed 19-Jun-13 08:39:38

I am an airy fairy arts person with ds wanting to do physics and then aero/astro engineering.

Any advice on the best universities for this? England/abroad? Obviously we are looking ourselves, but all advice/thoughts very welcome.

zamantha Tue 25-Jun-13 13:44:51

Whoops! should read : sounds strange smile

Owllady Tue 25-Jun-13 17:18:11

lol grin

have you never met an engineer? all they talk about is engineering!

I think though engineering (esp high level) is generally not given the recognition it deserves as people (in general) do not appreciate how much knowledge and skill these professionals posses. That's what i have found anyway. I once had some describe my dh as a manual worker and this person came to this conclusion because her dh worked in an office so wore a suit! err what?! It makes me feel really defensive

(and I am an arty farty textiles graduate so it's all over my head anyway, the code is a different language for example wink)

bruffin Tue 25-Jun-13 18:27:56

I think a lot of engineers are very creative, just not in a flowery way (not sure if that is the best way to put it) FWIW DH and DS (and DD for that matter) are very good photographers and DS can produce to lovely posters on the pc etc, just wouldnt be able to draw or paint them. Its just a different type of creativity.

NewFairy Tue 25-Jun-13 19:32:32

Article here in the Telegraph about the lack of engineers in the UK, and the issue of giving the term engineer protected status.

Hullygully Tue 25-Jun-13 20:41:35

That's interesting bruffin, ds is really into photography (with great-grandfather's old cameras), and music composition on the computer and I think it's the combination of technology and creativity that appeals.

RatherBeOnThePiste Wed 26-Jun-13 09:08:56

DD is being inspired this week, loving everything, space debris harpoon testing range yesterday, I have an image in my mind which is possibly way off reality grin She got a really close look at a satellite heading for mercury and one that aims to disprove dark matter. She is though now questioning giving up French as lots of the younger people there are European. Things to think on. Her mentor for the week is a French guy who did a physics degree at Imperial then specialised in astro physics later.

Commuting is bonkers, but so worth it.

glaurung Wed 26-Jun-13 09:24:06

That sounds fantastic RBOTP, what is it she's doing?

somebloke123 Wed 26-Jun-13 11:18:58

Interesting link NewFairy thanks.

But what a depressing set of readers' comments! The consensus seems to be that engineering is just not valued in this country, compared with more enlightened places.

Typical comment:

"My advice to Engineering Undergraduates: Get your degree, get Chartered, get on a plane to Australia, NZ, Canada or the Middle East, leaving your student debt behind. There are far better lifestyles to be had outwith the UK."

As the parent of a current engineering undergraduate I find this very sad.

I like the French word for engineer: "ingénieur" - the ingenious one.

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