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Silvercord
02-22-2004, 06:40 PM
I'm going to be going into the "General Engineering" department at the University of Maine, Orono for a semester next year, then going into either Computer or Electrical Engineering (I am probably going to decide on EE, but with a ton of computer science electives). I'm excited, I've heard Orono has one of the tougher engineering colleges, especially for just being a state university.

RoD
02-22-2004, 06:55 PM
Good luck man thats awsome!

axon
02-22-2004, 07:10 PM
what exactly is "general engineering"... my school doesn't offer anything like that. Is it something that you take general engineering courzes for the first couple years and then pick a direction?

RoD
02-22-2004, 07:12 PM
I took it to mean like a general programming theory type deal.

Silvercord
02-22-2004, 07:18 PM
They want you to take that for a semester, then they put you directly into the program of your choice the next semester. The other schools I've seen don't do a 'general engineering' thing, but they dont' have specialized courses until the second semester is done. In short, it's just a fluff thing. I just hope we do lots of complicated math and that all of the professors know a lot more than I do.

unanimous
02-22-2004, 08:57 PM
Whatever happened to you majoring in math (I may have just made that up but I think I remember you saying you were going to)?

bludstayne
02-22-2004, 09:57 PM
A lot of colleges are like that. You take general engineering, and then you choose what type of engineering you take after that.

joshdick
02-22-2004, 11:51 PM
Originally posted by bludstayne
A lot of colleges are like that. You take general engineering, and then you choose what type of engineering you take after that.

Yeah, here at Drexel, a big engineering school, engineers all take tDEC (the Drexel Engineering Curriculum). After they've survived tDEC, then they take some courses specific to their area of engineering.

Factoid: 1% of all engineers graduating in this nation graduating this year will come from Drexel.

RoD
02-22-2004, 11:53 PM
I want to attend at drexel, i didnt make the grades.

joshdick
02-23-2004, 12:01 AM
Originally posted by RoD
I want to attend at drexel, i didnt make the grades.

I'm very sorry to hear that. Maybe after a term or two elsewhere you could transfer in.

RoD
02-23-2004, 12:12 AM
Heres hoping, i was a huge slackoff until my senior year in highschool. Unless you count up too fifth grade in grade school, i was straight A's then.

Silvercord
02-23-2004, 06:54 AM
Whatever happened to you majoring in math (I may have just made that up but I think I remember you saying you were going to)?


Well, the way I see it, I still am. We still get to do all of that sexy calculus and physics, which I'm looking forward to. Besides, most 'math' majors are just the mathematics courses you'd have to normally take in computer science or engineering, and then you take a whole bunch of electives in some other field to make up the difference.


Silvercord, will you have my baby?


Only if it is potty trained. Otherwise you can keep it :)

whistlenm1
02-23-2004, 09:49 AM
Good for you! I'm sure you know your math skills have to be on point - anyway, for me it was not the calculus that I had a problem with but Fourier, Laplace and Z transform. The key word here is "form", meaning where accustomed to

4x + 11 = 5
x = (5 - 11)/4

but with the aforementioned transforms you configure your expressions into a already standard form, such as

10 volts = 10/s (laplace transform) and apply to basic theories, voltage, current divider and the like.

You'll see what I mean.

I have not regretted one moment, so Good luck!:D

EvBladeRunnervE
02-23-2004, 11:44 AM
I've heard Orono has one of the tougher engineering colleges, especially for just being a state university.

"just a state university" doesnt really apply to certain state's systems. for example, UC Berkeley, just a "state university" is rated in the top 25 of CS schools in the US, University of Texas at Austin #7, so it all depends on what state.

Anyway, good luck, hope you enjoy it alot. Do you by any chance have the average Standardized test scores(ACT,SAT I & II,etc.) for Orono undergrads?

Govtcheez
02-23-2004, 11:56 AM
True, state schools in MI have both U of M and MSU, which have excellent engineering programs.

Silvercord
02-23-2004, 03:23 PM
Do you by any chance have the average Standardized test scores(ACT,SAT I & II,etc.) for Orono undergrads?


No, but it isn't high. Overall, it isn't a competitive school to be honest. I've actually been accepted to other engineering schools , but UMaine's had an engineering college for a much longer time, which is why I'm going. If I don't like it I'm going to transfer though.

EDIT:
this is something that has been grating on my nerves and I have to talk about it. Basically, like, my grades are pretty good overall for highschool, and so were my standardized test scores, but I didn't do well enough to even consider applying to a school like MIT. However, my math skills are basically excellent (and so are my math and physics grades), and I really think that I could handle something like MIT or WPI level mathematics. I've been reading ahead in calculus, doing some reading from MIT opencourseware, and getting math help from confuted (who is probably going to get accepted to MIT from what it looks like). I'm just really afraid that I'm going have a ........ poor attitude next year if I get the strong impression that I could've gone to a harder school. ack.

joshdick
02-23-2004, 07:57 PM
Valedictorians from my high school have been rejected by MIT. It happens, especially with that kind of school. Take it in stride. Also, get some college classes under your belt before complaining that they're too easy.

EvBladeRunnervE
02-24-2004, 07:33 AM
Valedictorians from my high school have been rejected by MIT

yes, they turn away alot of perfect SATs,etc. I think they mainly look at what kind of extracurricular/scholarly activities you have done related to science and technology, such as say being part of a summer robotics program at some highly ranked school. These are things that help distinguish people that are just good test-takers from people that are actually thoroughly enthused with obtaining a degree.

You will probably be dissappointed the first semester or two except for the math/engineering courses Silvercord, I know I am,.about the only thing that keeps me in school is I love the math and computer science stuff enough to keep me going. About harder schools, well if you get great grades while you are at UMaine, you might try applying to transfer to MIT or something in that range after your first year(for example, I am attempting to transfer to UT Austin this year, and probably have a good chance of getting in).

Silvercord
02-24-2004, 10:26 AM
Also, get some college classes under your belt before complaining that they're too easy.

Yeah, I definitely want to run into some classes that are hard, because otherwise it will seem like a waste of time.

EDIT:


well if you get great grades while you are at UMaine, you might try applying to transfer to MIT or something in that range after your first year(for example, I am attempting to transfer to UT Austin this year, and probably have a good chance of getting in).


yeah, i met this guy that works at SGI, he went to some school in georgia Ive never heard of for four years, then he did graduate work at MIT for another four years. I doubt I'd get into MIT, and from what I hear about ORONO it'll be plenty challenging enough just doing that, so I will probably be all set.