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MECHANICAL ENGINEERING STUDENT: We Try To Connect Science To The Real World

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Masha, a PhD mechanical engineering student, is currently conducting research on heat transfer and fluids mechanics. Masha decided on her university by writing to professors in fields that were close to her own interests. She tells us that in engineering, it is really important to figure out what you are interested in specifically because it is such a broad field of study.

Degree: Mechanical Engineering
Job Title: Mechanical Engineering PhD Student

Job Summary: Mechanical Engineers

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Mechanical engineering is one of the broadest engineering disciplines. Mechanical engineers design, develop, build, and test mechanical devices, including tools, engines, and machines.

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m='15950'>for</span> <span m='16110'>me</span> <span m='16309'>is</span> <span m='16460'>just</span> <span m='16660'>going</span> <span m='16890'>to</span> <span m='17490'>the</span> <span m='17530'>school.</span> <span m='18440'>We</span> <span m='18540'>have</span> <span m='18750'>a</span> <span m='18870'>laboratory</span> <span m='20990'>that</span> <span m='21310'>everybody</span> <span m='21575'>starts</span> <span m='21840'>to</span> <span m='22190'>work on</span> <span m='23240'>his</span> <span m='23580'>or</span> <span m='23810'>her</span> <span m='24880'>projects.</span> </p><p><span m='26750'>For</span> <span m='27020'>example,</span> <span m='27430'>I'm</span> <span m='27630'>working</span> <span m='27950'>on</span> <span m='28300'>heat</span> <span m='28580'>transfer</span> <span m='28840'>and</span> <span m='29100'>fluids</span> <span m='29530'>mechanics.</span> <span m='30710'>And</span> <span m='34801'>the</span> <span m='35200'>best</span> <span m='35510'>thing</span> <span m='35690'>to</span> <span m='35770'>say</span> <span m='36070'>is</span> <span m='36260'>we</span> <span m='36400'>try</span> <span m='36740'>to</span> <span m='37250'>connect</span> <span m='38070'>the</span> <span m='38160'>science</span> <span m='38720'>to</span> <span m='39820'>the</span> <span m='40180'>real</span> <span m='40440'>world.</span> <span m='41065'>And</span> <span m='41330'>we</span> <span m='41490'>try</span> <span m='41730'>to</span> <span m='41850'>find</span> <span m='42690'>the</span> <span m='42830'>applications</span> <span m='43660'>for</span> <span m='44010'>fundamental</span> <span m='46620'>problems.</span> </p><p><span m='47840'>So,</span> <span m='48320'>for</span> <span m='48390'>example,</span> <span m='50680'>I'm</span> <span m='51120'>studying</span> <span m='51720'>a</span> <span m='51780'>single</span> <span m='52120'>droplet</span> <span m='53210'>[INAUDIBLE]</span> <span m='54290'>heated</span> <span m='54600'>surface,</span> <span m='55550'>which</span> <span m='56730'>comes</span> <span m='57110'>from</span> <span m='57810'>the</span> <span m='57890'>idea</span> <span m='58200'>of spray</span> <span m='58480'>coolant.</span> <span m='59660'>So</span> <span m='59700'>if</span> <span m='59880'>you,</span> <span m='59990'>just</span> <span m='60260'>for</span> <span m='60360'>example,</span> <span m='60830'>spray</span> <span m='61540'>a</span> <span m='61650'>liquid</span> <span m='61880'>on</span> <span m='62030'>a heated</span> <span m='62530'>surface,</span> <span m='64090'>that</span> <span m='64230'>helps</span> <span m='64540'>it</span> <span m='64739'>cool</span> <span m='64910'>down.</span> <span m='66390'>So</span> <span m='67530'>yeah, just</span> <span m='67700'>every</span> <span m='67910'>day,</span> <span m='68280'>I go to</span> <span m='68450'>school.</span> <span m='68930'>I</span> <span m='69150'>start</span> <span m='69530'>to,</span> <span m='70440'>I don't</span> <span m='70610'>know,</span> <span m='70750'>study.</span> <span m='72730'>I</span> <span m='72900'>read</span> <span m='73150'>a</span> <span m='73200'>lot</span> <span m='73390'>of</span> <span m='73460'>papers</span> <span m='74020'>every</span> <span m='74260'>day,</span> <span m='74510'>I</span> <span m='74550'>have</span> <span m='74800'>to,</span> <span m='75110'>just</span> <span m='76500'>getting</span> <span m='76750'>to</span> <span m='76870'>know</span> <span m='77030'>what's</span> <span m='77240'>going</span> <span m='77450'>on</span> <span m='77590'>in</span> <span m='77670'>my</span> <span m='77840'>field,</span> <span m='78880'>to</span> <span m='79170'>learn</span> <span m='79790'>stuff.</span> <span m='81560'>And</span> <span m='82080'>I</span> <span m='82190'>work</span> <span m='82570'>on my</span> <span m='83060'>project,</span> <span m='84230'>and</span> <span m='84620'>yeah,</span> <span m='84930'>that's it.</span> </p><p><span m='87790'>If</span> <span m='87990'>I</span> <span m='88050'>go</span> <span m='88230'>back</span> <span m='88470'>to</span> <span m='88560'>high</span> <span m='88750'>school,</span> <span m='89140'>I</span> <span m='89720'>always</span> <span m='90130'>loved</span> <span m='90360'>physics</span> <span m='90870'>and</span> <span m='90950'>mathematics.</span> <span m='92050'>So</span> <span m='92950'>when</span> <span m='93080'>I</span> <span m='93130'>wanted</span> <span m='93430'>to</span> <span m='93770'>choose</span> <span m='93970'>my</span> <span m='94070'>major</span> <span m='94190'>in</span> <span m='94980'>university</span> <span m='95540'>or</span> <span m='95640'>college,</span> <span m='98960'>I</span> <span m='99120'>was</span> <span m='99600'>thinking,</span> <span m='100160'>I</span> <span m='100560'>had</span> <span m='100740'>difficulties</span> <span m='101300'>deciding</span> <span m='101760'>between</span> <span m='102150'>electrical</span> <span m='102580'>engineering</span> <span m='102845'>and</span> <span m='103110'>mechanical.</span> <span m='104110'>But</span> <span m='104270'>then</span> <span m='104580'>I</span> <span m='105260'>realized</span> <span m='105670'>that</span> <span m='106330'>mechanical</span> <span m='106380'>is</span> <span m='106570'>the</span> <span m='106640'>best</span> <span m='106940'>thing.</span> <span m='107250'>And</span> <span m='107340'>I really</span> <span m='107480'>like</span> <span m='107800'>it.</span> <span m='108550'>And</span> <span m='108910'>it's</span> <span m='109190'>a</span> <span m='109240'>really</span> <span m='109500'>broad</span> <span m='110330'>area,</span> <span m='110920'>so</span> <span m='111090'>you</span> <span m='111350'>could</span> <span m='111610'>find</span> <span m='112120'>a</span> <span m='112220'>lot</span> <span m='112410'>of</span> <span m='112930'>interesting</span> <span m='113430'>things</span> <span m='113710'>to</span> <span m='113800'>do.</span> </p><p><span m='115430'>For</span> <span m='115510'>example,</span> <span m='116900'>a</span> <span m='117010'>mechanical</span> <span m='117500'>engineer</span> <span m='117770'>could</span> <span m='118390'>work</span> <span m='118730'>with</span> <span m='119960'>designing</span> <span m='120450'>the</span> <span m='120850'>automobiles,</span> <span m='122530'>air crafts,</span> <span m='123780'>I</span> <span m='123930'>don't</span> <span m='124080'>know.</span> <span m='125650'>It</span> <span m='125940'>has</span> <span m='126250'>a</span> <span m='126300'>branch</span> <span m='126680'>of</span> <span m='126790'>functional</span> <span m='127260'>dynamics</span> <span m='128030'>that</span> <span m='128229'>you</span> <span m='128970'>design</span> <span m='129509'>control</span> <span m='129639'>to</span> <span m='130620'>have to</span> <span m='131009'>control</span> <span m='131850'>different</span> <span m='132040'>stuff.</span> <span m='133030'>It</span> <span m='133470'>could</span> <span m='133660'>be</span> <span m='133840'>bio-mechanics,</span> <span m='134910'>which</span> <span m='135220'>you</span> <span m='136270'>connect</span> <span m='136760'>in</span> <span m='136870'>mechanical</span> <span m='137360'>engineering</span> <span m='138000'>to</span> <span m='139970'>biomedical</span> <span m='141000'>things,</span> <span m='141720'>or</span> <span m='142130'>you</span> <span m='142300'>design</span> <span m='142570'>in</span> <span m='142840'>small</span> <span m='143140'>things</span> <span m='144450'>which</span> <span m='144660'>you</span> <span m='144800'>could</span> <span m='144980'>just</span> <span m='145650'>help</span> <span m='146970'>the</span> <span m='147430'>medical</span> <span m='148090'>people</span> <span m='151170'>to</span> <span m='151310'>improve</span> <span m='151860'>their</span> <span m='152950'>work.</span> </p><p><span m='154100'>And</span> <span m='155450'>so</span> <span m='156230'>I,</span> <span m='156850'>specifically</span> <span m='159490'>like</span> <span m='159890'>heat</span> <span m='160010'>transfer</span> <span m='160440'>and</span> <span m='160780'>fluids</span> <span m='161170'>mechanics.</span> <span m='162170'>That's</span> <span m='163030'>real</span> <span m='163430'>interesting</span> <span m='163600'>for</span> <span m='163925'>me.</span> <span m='164250'>So</span> <span m='166440'>when</span> <span m='166620'>I</span> <span m='166680'>came</span> <span m='167010'>here,</span> <span m='168170'>before</span> <span m='168610'>I</span> <span m='169220'>chose</span> <span m='169510'>my</span> <span m='169730'>university,</span> <span m='170370'>I</span> <span m='170420'>was</span> <span m='170590'>looking</span> <span m='170910'>for</span> <span m='171540'>something</span> <span m='171940'>or a</span> <span m='172100'>program</span> <span m='172600'>which</span> <span m='172780'>is</span> <span m='173420'>close</span> <span m='173740'>to</span> <span m='173990'>heat transfer</span> <span m='174330'>and</span> <span m='174590'>fluids</span> <span m='175120'>mechanics.</span> <span m='176210'>So</span> <span m='176800'>I</span> <span m='176980'>started</span> <span m='177330'>to</span> <span m='177840'>send</span> <span m='178120'>emails</span> <span m='178500'>to</span> <span m='178760'>different</span> <span m='179210'>professors</span> <span m='179770'>which</span> <span m='180310'>their field</span> <span m='180880'>of</span> <span m='181020'>interest</span> <span m='181480'>is</span> <span m='181550'>close</span> <span m='181880'>to</span> <span m='181960'>me.</span> <span m='183470'>And</span> <span m='183950'>I</span> <span m='184010'>got</span> <span m='184240'>here.</span> </p><p><span m='185680'>So</span> <span m='185970'>my</span> <span m='186330'>advice</span> <span m='186450'>for</span> <span m='187150'>high</span> <span m='187300'>school</span> <span m='187750'>students</span> <span m='188115'>is</span> <span m='188480'>that</span> <span m='188710'>before</span> <span m='189380'>deciding</span> <span m='190240'>to</span> <span m='190490'>study</span> <span m='190610'>anything</span> <span m='191390'>they</span> <span m='191820'>have</span> <span m='192160'>to</span> <span m='192300'>find</span> <span m='193030'>whatever</span> <span m='193370'>they are</span> <span m='193550'>interested</span> <span m='193940'>in.</span> <span m='195725'>Because the</span> <span m='196190'>engineering</span> <span m='196930'>field</span> <span m='197200'>is</span> <span m='197390'>really</span> <span m='197550'>difficult.</span> <span m='197815'>And</span> <span m='198080'>if</span> <span m='198340'>you</span> <span m='198440'>don't</span> <span m='198630'>like</span> <span m='198910'>it,</span> <span m='199420'>it</span> <span m='199720'>might</span> <span m='199940'>become</span> <span m='200240'>really</span> <span m='200460'>boring,</span> <span m='200765'>get</span> <span m='201070'>really</span> <span m='201340'>tough.</span> <span m='202450'>So</span> <span m='202700'>sometimes</span> <span m='203110'>you</span> <span m='203170'>have</span> <span m='203370'>to</span> <span m='203470'>deal</span> <span m='203690'>with</span> <span m='203900'>really</span> <span m='204280'>difficult,</span> <span m='204880'>tedious,</span> <span m='205590'>and</span> <span m='205860'>trivial</span> <span m='207300'>problems</span> <span m='207860'>that</span> <span m='208310'>takes</span> <span m='208600'>time.</span> <span m='209005'>You have</span> <span m='209410'>to</span> <span m='209840'>be patient.</span> <span m='211960'>So</span> <span m='212220'>you</span> <span m='212300'>have</span> <span m='212500'>to love</span> <span m='212880'>whatever</span> <span m='213180'>you</span> <span m='213310'>do.</span> </p><p><span m='213980'>And</span> <span m='214660'>the</span> <span m='214740'>best</span> <span m='215020'>way</span> <span m='215150'>to</span> <span m='215730'>find</span> <span m='216020'>it</span> <span m='216200'>is</span> <span m='216380'>to</span> <span m='216530'>just,</span> <span m='216940'>I</span> <span m='216990'>don't</span> <span m='217140'>know,</span> <span m='217410'>read</span> <span m='217560'>the</span> <span m='217650'>stuff,</span> <span m='218330'>or</span> <span m='218540'>talk</span> <span m='218780'>to</span> <span m='218880'>people,</span> <span m='220050'>or</span> <span m='220500'>find</span> <span m='220830'>applications.</span> <span m='222160'>Or</span> <span m='222300'>see,</span> <span m='222710'>for</span> <span m='222910'>example,</span> <span m='223320'>if</span> <span m='223500'>I'm</span> <span m='223620'>going</span> <span m='223780'>to</span> <span m='223850'>study</span> <span m='224240'>mechanical</span> <span m='224600'>engineering,</span> <span m='225200'>at</span> <span m='225370'>the</span> <span m='225500'>end,</span> <span m='225870'>what</span> <span m='226030'>I'm</span> <span m='226120'>going</span> <span m='226260'>to</span> <span m='226320'>do?</span> <span m='227300'>That's</span> <span m='228030'>what</span> <span m='228660'>would</span> <span m='228780'>help</span> <span m='229570'>understand</span> <span m='229870'>what you</span> <span m='230170'>like.</span> </p>","file":{"id":265619,"video_id":"2701215736001","name":"70747051","duration":231722,"thumbnail_url":null}});