When I first decided to go into mechanical engineering, I had the idea that I would be personally designing, constructing, and assembling hardware on my day to day job. I have since found out that (most) mechanical engineers don’t actually have a large role beyond design and documentation. My dream job would be wearing the hat of a designer, computer scientist, electrician, machinist, and technician. I also get immense satisfaction from the process of wresting with and finding solutions to unique problems. Because of this, I think that I would really enjoy working in some area of robotics. I will be graduating at the end of the semester, but depending on my geographic location/life situation in a couple of years, I could definitely see my self returning to school for a PhD. I would pursue robotics, embedded systems, or RF engineering.
Later in life, I hope to get the opportunity to do some part time teaching at the high school or college level. I would love to introduce young students to physical computing by teaching a projects class. In my early career, I would like to continue to work in a lean, highly accountable, challenging, and technical work environment. I am currently working on a couple projects destined for orbit, which has me really excited to be working full time post-graduation.
By the end of the class this semester, I hope to gain the skills to intelligently analyze and talk about aesthetic design. I feel like I often have a difficult time correctly expressing what I am thinking. It really is the nuances of design that speak to us, and it can be incredible difficult to capture and convey the provoked feeling to others. What I enjoyed the most about seeing the intro project presentation was getting to see the many different takes on the assignment, and hear about what the aesthetic meant to each person.