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  1. Hi Everyone, Posting this topic because I have been unable to find virtually anyone going for this same program. I have been accepted to Philadelphia University for the Masters in Textile Engineering program and I expect acceptance from NCSU for the same program in the next couple weeks and I am just trying to figure out which to choose (if I am accepted of course). From what I can see NCSU is a much bigger and more well known research school, but Philadelphia has research more in my specific area of interest (recycling of textiles and waste). Basically, does the school of your masters really matter that much? Is there anyone in the textile engineering field with some industry insight about either school? Does living in Raleigh or Philly just really suck (I'm from Boise by the way so I will be moving across the country no matter what)? I need some pros and cons to chip away and make a decision haha Thanks in advance!
  2. Hi all, Does anyone here have an experience applying (or got accepted) to CMU (MIIPS) UPenn (M:IPD) or Northwestern (Product Engineering)? Would like to know how do you prepare your portfolio especially if you're not a design student (like I am)! Or do you know any other school that have similar program as I mentioned above? Would be very happy if you'd like to discuss!
  3. Hi, I am an international student and I plan to apply for Policy PhD programs. Also, I plan to apply for a few masters (stats/econ) programs as a back up if I do not get into a PhD program. Schools applying: Geographical preference: Colorado/Boulder/Denver area (low cost of living for me), however, I will apply to other schools throughout USA. A very preliminary PhD list I have includes: PhD Pol Sci Colorado State (Environmental policy focus) PhD Energy Economics Colorado School of Mines PhD Environmental studies (interdisciplinary) University of Colorado Boulder PhD Public Affairs (UC Denver) PhD Engineering and Policy (Cornell) PhD Public Affairs (Indiana SPEA) PhD Policy UT Austin (LBJ) PhD Policy University of Kansas Masters: statistics/Economics (University of Colorado- Boulder/Denver, Colorado school of mines) Undergraduate degree: Electrical Engineering Undergrad University: (university in top 20 in India- not IIT/IIM/NIT) Undergrad CGPA 60/100 (2.88/4 as per WES- helps calculates GPAs but I think its an approximation and depends on how universities calculate it) Grad program: Masters in Public Policy Grad university: Low ranked state university in USA (+100 rank, relatively newer program in USA but has placed students in Indiana, Cornell, UT Austin amongst a few) Grad GPA- 3.75/4 Quantitative: Strong quant with engineering maths (3+ maths subjects with advanced calculus: grades are A, A-and C ) and some basic quant classes in policy analysis along with micro/macro economics. B+ and A- grades in quant in graduate degree. Recommendations (strong letters): University program director, thesis committee chair, boss at federal research lab Relevant Work Experience (6 years): Research work experience in India for about 3 years in a non-profit on climate change, clean energy policy, and implementation- local, national and international (researcher) Full time research work experience in USA for about 2 years in a national research lab on clean energy policy and implementation, looking at markets, local and state policy, utility regulation etc.. published at the lab (research assistant) Part time research work experience at OSU on local clean energy policy issues for 2 years as a professors research assistant Research interests: Varies but primarily state and local energy policy issues, urban sustainability, climate policies, developing country sustainability challenges (strong experience in this field) have a few publications at the national lab and in India Interested in the intersection of economics and behavioral sciences, social policy GRE: 155 v/ 157 q/ 4 analytical (will retake to strengthen profile) Goals: Interested in a career in research in the policy world/government/international organizations/large think tanks. Also interested in academia. Questions: I am debating between a couple of questions and any insights would be helpful. I have read answers to similar questions on the forum and found them to improve my understanding. 1) Is my profile a good fit for Ph.D. Policy programs? what is the range of ranking of institutes I should target to get a funded PhD program? Any suggestions for safety schools? 2) Is my profile a good fit for Masters (stats/econ) programs? Any other program and range of ranking of institutes I should consider? Thank you for reading through my profile. I look forward to receiving your comments.
  4. Hi all, I did my undergrad in Mechanical Engineering and was wondering if anybody here had experience switching to Physics/Applied Physics for a Master's. How difficult is it? Is there a lot that I have to catch up on? I have more interests in nuclear and particle physics and will probably go to school in Connecticut (since I'll be working for a company that helps pay for the tuition), so I was thinking of UConn or Yale. Any thoughts would be appreciated!
  5. Hi Everyone, Posting here in an effort to connect with a kindred spirit; young, intelligent, problem-solver, and someone who dreams big. I have a strong business background in finance, project management, sales, and marketing. My dream is to create something great and build a strong business. I need a business partner with talents that compliment my own (i.e.- want to partner with someone with technical skills). I want to discuss crazy ideas and moonshots that others may call us crazy for going after. If you fit the bill, please respond and tell me a little bit about yourself. Also important: you live in the NYC-northern NJ area. Thank you, DF
  6. Hi All, I have B.Eng in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Nanyang Technological University Singapore. What are things that I need to do to apply for top Econs PhD program?
  7. Hi Everyone, So I got acceptances from both USC and UCSD for my terminal MSEE, specializing in signal and image processing, and I am having a tough time making this choice. 1. EDUCATION QUALITY: Both schools seem to be about equal in terms of the quality of the education so far as I can tell from other people and ratings and whatnot. 2. TUITION: USC is about $40000 more in total than UCSD, which makes it seem like a no brainer for UCSD. HOWEVER, I am wondering what is the possibility of being able to get involved as a GSR (Graduate Student Researcher) or TA (Teaching Assistant) at either school (Preferably GSR) and thus being able to get my tuition waived. I know that at both schools, there is a very low chance of getting funding for Master's (I haven't gotten any funding for either offer). I am planning to email some of the research faculty at both schools today, who I would possibly work with and find out the viability of this option. I know that I would need to really stand out as a terrific student and probably bother the professors to some extent to get this to happen. But I'm just wondering if anyone has any insight on either school's history with this? 3. SOCIAL LIFE: I have been to both campuses (USC for graduate welcome day, UCSD just by myself, wasn't able to talk to anyone as it happened to be spring break when I went and very few people were there). USC seems like a very socially vibrant campus, whereas UCSD seems quite socially dead, and that's what I have heard from others as well. This is one of the lesser important points, but still makes some difference as I will be here for two years and want to have some social life. 4. CAMPUS: Both campuses seem very beautiful, so I'd say they're tied on this point. 4. LOCATION: La Jolla is beautiful and is a safe area. Being close to the beach is also a plus, as well as being close to San diego. On the other hand, USC is apparently in a bad part of LA (didn't seem THAT bad to me when I was there, but maybe I didn't see the worst of it). However, LA also has a plethora of different things to do all around. 5. JOB PROSPECTS: This is one of my main reasons for getting a Master's degree; I had trouble finding a job in the field I wanted that didn't require a Master's degree (Besides that I wanted to continue my education anyway and am super excited for all the awesome things I'm going to be learning). I don't think that where you go for school matters THAT much for getting a job in engineering; rather, it's what you do while you're there in terms of research, projects, involvement, performance, etc. But I hear that USC's unique name does come into play. I hear USC has a very strong alumni network, making jobs very accessible for their grads. Is there really fact behind this claim? I hear it from a lot of people, but I haven't heard it from actual USC grads or any specific cases of this happening. If it is true, that's an interesting benefit. Still, with an MSEE, I can't see myself having trouble getting work in my field anyway. 6. USC REPUTATION: I hear also that some people look down on USC as a cash cow and that they accept a lot of graduate students for that reason. Are other private schools the same way? And if this is true of USC, then to contradict my previous point, could this reputation hurt my career as an alumni of USC? For example, is it possible that I may be turned away from some opportunities in the future because of some assumption that I did not work hard to get to USC, and instead somehow paid my way in? This is probably a ridiculous idea, but it's something that I've thought about... 7. INVOLVEMENT: I am planning to get as involved as I possibly can with research, projects, networking events, etc. At a glance, I think USC has the upper hand in this respect. Does anybody have any insight on this? 8. RESEARCH: At both schools I have found faculty that I would like to work with and whose work I am genuinely very interested in getting involved with. But I'm wondering if, as a Master's student, getting involved as a GSR would be more accessible at one school or another? My gut instinct has gone one way and the other. At the moment I'm torn between both choices. I know I'll win with either choice and they are both fantastic schools. But I want to be at peace with my choice, and secure in my reasoning. Thank you all for your input. I'll update if I remember any other comparisons.
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