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  1. NoTimeForCaution

    LOR for PhD admissions

    I am a Masters graduate in Engineering (electrical) and I've been working at a hardware company since my graduation about 1.5 years ago. I'm planning to apply for PhD (US & international). I did not do a thesis for my masters - my degree was coursework based. My question is- can I submit LORs for PhD programs in engineering from some of my supervisors/managers/mentors at work? I've interned at work at a couple of companies in highly technical roles. And since I haven't done thesis in my masters, I have better chances of obtaining strong LORs from work than school. I have this question because, from what I know, PhD program is largely academic/research oriented and I'm worried if the LORs I submit through work will even be valued at all. BTW, my supervisors/mentors are PhD holders as well. Thanks!
  2. Hi everybody! I recently graduated from college with my BA in Liberal Arts. While I loved my education, I also am very interested in pursuing a career in chemical engineering. I'm taking several classes at community college so that I can apply to graduate programs in CA. My question is what programs are good in CA for ChE? Do I have a shot into getting into these sort of programs? Which ones are good coming from a non-engineering background? Is there any place like BU, which has the LEAP program, that makes it easier to transition? Thank you!
  3. I am trying to decide between which two Biotechnology programs to attend in the fall. The first program is the NYU Biotechnology and Entrepreneurship Program which is great because of its interdisciplinary curriculum in both biotechnology and business. They also offerered me a generous scholarship. On visiting the campus and speaking with faculty it seems promising. I was selected for an additional scholarship and feel like the financial aid office is forthcoming with working with me to cover tuition costs. The research areas are good with opportunities to do research at the renowned memorial Sloan Kettering cancer center. Their career center also seems to be very effective with support for internships, interviews, jobs and whatnot and NY is at the center of it all. There is however no denying that cost of living and accommodation in the city is ridiculously high. On the other hand, Northwestern University's Biotechnology program comes with a minor in Engineering management/ Entrepreneurship with a similar flexibility to NYU but with a seemingly greater concentration on developing wet lab skills. It's location in Evanston, IL a Chicago school town is nice and it's a large campus. On visiting the campus, the faculty also seem welcoming and they have interesting personal development courses, site-visits to biotechnology companies on the east coast for networking, career fairs and great internship assistance. The tuition is much higher than that of NYU and the scholarship while generous, doesn't cover much. I would have to look to loans and aid to cover the chunk. The research areas are also nice with opportunities to work in regenerative medicine, tissue engineering and cancer biology at the northwestern school of medicine. At this point, I don't know which school to consider because I would gladly go to any of them as they are both great schools and I'm privileged to be considered for both. I don't know if Northwestern is worth taking out large loans for in comparison to NYU that the tuition is mostly covered by scholarship. I can't imagine which program would make me stand out with limitless opportunities at the end of the duration. I need any suggestions, opinions, ideas and help that would enable me to see some light.. Thank you!!
  4. Hi guys. I haven't seen many Civil & Environmental Engineering applicants on the site so I figured I would start a thread for the few that exist. I would love to know what schools people have already heard back from. So far I have been accepted to PhD programs at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor, Virginia Tech, and Northwestern.
  5. columbia2018

    Columbia IEOR

    Hey guys, Im attending Columbia next fall. Was wondering if anyone else here is also going to join Columbia (IEOR) this fall.
  6. Undergrad Institution: (School or type of school, such as big state, lib arts, ivy, technical, foreign (what country?)) Masters Institution: (if applicable, otherwise delete this)Major(s):Minor(s):GPA in Major:Overall GPA:Position in Class: (No numbers needed, but are you top? near top? average? struggling?)Type of Student: (Domestic/International, male/female, minority?)GRE Scores (revised/old version):Q:V:W:TOEFL Total: (if applicable, otherwise delete this)Research Experience: (At your school or elsewhere? What field? How much time? Any publications (Mth author out of N?) or conference talks etc...)Awards/Honors/Recognitions: (Within your school or outside?)Pertinent Activities or Jobs: (Such as tutor, TA, etc...)Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help:Special Bonus Points: (Such as connections, grad classes, famous recommenders, female or minority status etc...)Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter:Applying to Where:School - MS/PhD? - Department - Research InterestSchool - MS/PhD? - Department - Research InterestSchool - MS/PhD? - Department - Research Interest
  7. Which of these two schools would be suitable for embedded systems? My interests are in embedded software development and system design.My end goal is to enter the industry asap since I already have relevant work experience as an embedded software developer. Please clarify in terms of courses, financial assistance opportunities and job opportunities . I'm confused and finding it difficult to choose.Need a different pov/opinion/guidance. Any help is appreciated. Thanks!
  8. Hello everyone. Does anyone who applied for the MASc program of the faculty of Engineering and Architectural science, recently hear some updated info from Ryerson U? And what is the admission status of RU? I feel a little anxious because of waiting. Thanks.
  9. CAguy

    U of Toronto ECE 2018

    Hi all, anyone been accepted to the ECE dept. at UofT ? They started sending offers last week i guess
  10. CAguy

    U of Toronto ECE 2018

    Hi all, anyone been accepted to the ECE dept. at UofT ? They started sending offers last week i guess
  11. zoen1298

    Profile Evaluation

    Hi, I will be applying to colleges to attend during Fall 2019. My focus is mainly on Canadian Universities. Current GPA - 8.22/10 Internships - 2 Summer Internships. 1) Training in Communication systems and satellites in a public sector office 2) Training in Process Control and Sensors in a major Newsprint industry Workshops - Attended 2 robotic workshops each of 1 week long Currently doing my BTech in Electronics and Instrumentation pre-final year. But I'm very much interested in Biomedical Instrumentation and I've taken up the subject as an elective in the current semester. I will be writing my IELTS this June. Is GRE necessary if I'm applying for Canadian and Ireland universities? Also, with this profile do I have any chances with universities like McGill and UBC?
  12. androadi

    ETH Zurich Application

    I am from India and I have taken about 70 courses in my bachelors. Do I have to fill the details about every one of them to complete my masters application? I am applying for Master of Science in Robotics, System and Control.
  13. DiscoTech

    New US News Rankings

    US News has put out their annual monkey-throwing-feces-at-a-dartboard rankings. Some schools game the rankings well, while others not so much. Here's my Q: in your opinion, what is the most overrated program? Why? For many years going I have been in awe of USC for being able to scale the rankings despite having a decidedly mediocre program. Here's why: (1) They do a great job of massaging the numbers they send US News. Each school reports its funding totals to the National Science Foundation. Unlike what they send US News, NSF gets the true numbers. No double counting funding that goes to the ISI or the physics department and whatnot. USC clocks in at a whopping #42 with only $65M in externally financed research (https://ncsesdata.nsf.gov/herd/2016/html/HERD2016_DST_55.html). (2) Their peer and recruiter ratings (3.7ish) are really low compared to their overall ranking. Now that is just damn impressive. Their reputation should put them at #20 to #30 school. (3) They have ridden their number fudging to build a great cash cow - foreign students fork over $50k for the honor of having USC name on their diploma. $50k for what basically amounts to a 5th year of undergraduate work, but with lax grading. This really is an impressive feat. A program with middle-of-the-road funding numbers builds a diploma mill, which probably generates $50M-100M in revenue. A good chunk of this money likely funds research at USC. MS students are probably the largest source of funding for research at USC! Give them some credit. * On the flip side, UCSB and Harvard always struck me as underrated by US News' metrics. On a more serious note, between ASEE data, NSF data, and citation metrics shouldn't is be possible to put together are more useful comparison of programs? The NRC used do something along these lines back in the day. Oh well. At least it is fairly straightforward, with a little digging, if a school's business model is built around a diploma mill.
  14. Hello all, it has been 10 days since I accepted my offer at U of Toronto's ECE app. website, after which they sent me an email saying that they'll start working on my offer papers and send them to me when they're done. How long should I wait before sending them a reminder ? Thanks
  15. Hello all, I've been sent an acceptance email by university x and asked to select my supervisor. They send me a confirmation that they'll begin working on my formal offer papers and will send them when they're finished. How long should I wait for them before sending a reminder? (it has been over a week already)
  16. I'm new here, so I apologize if I ask too many questions! Basically, I'm currently a senior at NYU and in May I'll be graduating with a B.A. in Math and Psychology. Going into my senior year, I had been planning on applying to several Ph.D. programs in Data Science and Statistics and my career goal was to be a data scientist. However, upon meeting with the professor whose lab I do research in, he stated that it would be very difficult for me to get into any Ph.D. program with only a year of undergraduate research experience. So, I applied to 6 Masters programs and the Ph.D. in Data Science program at NYU (this has been my top choice since sophomore year so no way I wasn't going to give it a shot!). Fast forward to now, I made it up to the interview for the Ph.D. program, but yesterday I got an email saying I was offered admission into the Master's program in the Center for Data Science, and that I am not eligible for any scholarships. I have also been admitted to the Master's of Engineering in Computer Science program at Cornell Tech, as well as a couple of other M.S. programs at NYU, and I'm waiting to hear back from the three other programs. Here's where my questions come up. As I think about it more and more, the program at Cornell Tech becomes more appealing. For one thing, I think it's a more versatile degree. They have data science courses I could take, and with the degree itself I'd be a candidate for software engineer positions. As such, after completing the degree I'd likely be able to go down either route, albeit the data science route would be a bit tougher with this degree than with the M.S. in Data Science. However, I've also found jobs in software engineering to be more appealing lately. I think around my junior year of college I started to realize a software engineer career seemed like a good fit for my interests, but by that point I thought it was too late in the game to switch routes unless I got another Bachelor's in Comp Sci - who knew! Also, I've been completely lost at where to look for scholarships. I applied to one that Cornell Tech sent out the application to, but I haven't received any merit scholarships from the programs I've been admitted to. That being said, even without scholarships, the Cornell Tech degree would be approximately $8,000 less right off the bat. Additionally, it's a one year program, as opposed to the one at NYU which is a two year program. Is it presumptuous of me to think it'd be reasonable to take out $40-50k in loans, with the expectation that with the Computer Science engineering degree I'll likely be able to make decent money as a software engineer in NYC not long after graduating next spring? If it helps, I'll be graduating from undergrad with about $10,500 in loans, and if I do get a well-paying job after grad school my plan is to live as if I'm making $40k a year until my loans are paid off. I'm the first in my family to go to college, let alone grad school, so any advice is greatly appreciated! I've heard that some companies will pay for you to get a M.Eng., but honestly at this point I'd rather get the degree first since I don't think I'm qualified for many tech jobs currently. As a recap, my two main questions are: 1. Is it a smart decision to do a Master of Engineering in C.S. at Cornell Tech when I'm open to becoming either a software engineer or data scientist? 2. Is it reasonable to assume I'll be able to get a decent job with a M.Eng. degree in C.S. and that I'd be able to pay of ~$60k in loans in a reasonable amount of time? Thank you!
  17. Hi all, Did any graduate applicant receive an official offer from the ECE department at UofT ? (still waiting) Thanks
  18. Hi everyone First post. I am senior EE undergrad student specialized in photonics, currently in the process of looking for graduate programs (mainly masters programs) to apply to next year. I recently came across the MONBUKAGAKUSHO:MEXT scholarship and am very interested in pursuing a masters degree from the University of Tokyo. My problem is that I can't find much information about the structure of the EE masters program at U.Tokyo online, or at least not in English. I have read somewhere (one of the few scraps of info I've come across) that it is very research based, with almost no taught component (courses). Is this true? And does anyone have any information on the program (Tokyo EE masters) in general? Is anyone here currently enrolled in the University of Tokyo (in any grad or masters program)? Any info or useful links? Thanks
  19. CAguy

    UofT ECE Acceptances

    Hi all, has any graduate student received an offer from the ECE department at UofT ? I'm a MSc applicant and would like to know if they started sending offers or not. Thanks
  20. Hi all, has any graduate student received an offer from the ECE department at U of Toronto ? Thanks
  21. Hi there! I've always been told that it is wise to listen to experienced people, so I would like to know your opinion in the following matter. I have studied an undergraduate degree in Europe, in aerospace engineering, a field that I love. I've been granted a scholarship to study in the US a graduate program (master's degree). Given my qualities and interests, I would like to eventually work on a engineering management job, in the space field if possible. I feel like I have learnt a lot in my undergrad degree of technical knowledge, but I feel I still have lots to learn about management... So what do you reckon is wiser, to keep doing a specialized master's degree and thus achieve a greater level of technical expertise, let's say in space engineering, or start doing an engineering management degree instead, in order to complement my already existing technical basis? Please also take into account that as long as it's possible, I'd like to stay in the US after studying and work there, despite how hard I have gathered it is for international students... Thanks a lot,
  22. 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!
  23. Hi all, I have received an official offer from school A with a deadline on Feb. 27th. Recently, a POI from school B (my 1st preference) gave me an unofficial offer and told me that he has asked the grad office to send me the offer, however school B won't be able to generate the offer before Feb.27th (school regulations). So, should I ask for an extension at school A ? or should I trust POI at school B and decline my offer at A ?
  24. I applied to Columbia’s PhD program for biomedical engineering and got an interview invite. It’s my top choice and I didn’t think it was going to work out, so I was ecstatic to hear from them. Since I got the email though, my stress levels have steadily gone up as I realized that this interview was a step in the right direction but no guarantee of admission. I want to be as well-prepared as possible, and I was wondering if anyone had advice/information on how Columbia’s interview process goes? Should I expect to talk about my own research experience or POI’s? Is it more casual or will it involve an intense technical interview? Are my chances of getting in relatively high or is it like a 50/50? Anything that would help me figure out where I stand and/or how to best prepare for this would be appreciated!
  25. confused23

    Engineering Grad vs Undergrad

    Hey guys, I'm currently finishing up my Junior year as a MechE major at UC Berkeley. I am pretty keen on going to grad school to study Mechatronics or Information Systems(not exactly engineering but comparable i guess). The only thing that really discourages me is that I have a lowish GPA here(3.3 with a slight inflation due to humanities courses). Assuming I am able to get into a grad school(USC, Purdue or schools of similar or calibre), I am very concerned about whether I will be able to maintain a 3.5+ gpa there(I've heard most companies prefer that grad students maintain at least a 3.5). I work pretty hard to do slightly above average at Berkeley, and I'm afraid it's severely affecting my confidence about my potential grad school performance(I know this sounds a little naive but hey). I was wondering if someone could give me any insight into what grading is like in engineering grad schools? Are the curves just as harsh? Is there anything I can do to better prepare for the workload? Any advice would be appreciated
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