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topic of Ph.D research

PostPosted: Tue Jan 11, 2005 11:37 am
by peter
I've recently been accepted into a large land grant university to complete a Ph.D in chemical engineering. The choices is to study microfluids or MEMS. I have read several articles on this subject and found it to be very interesting. Could someone please give me some pros and cons about pursuing my graduate research in this area.

topic of Ph.D research

PostPosted: Wed Jan 12, 2005 1:12 pm
by Kevin Rogers
I can't - that is a pretty specialised question.

Just ask people in your dept - solicit as many opinions as possible, of people working in the field and those who are not. Ask profs, grad students, postdocs....

The main thing to remember though is you will spend 3-5 years of your life living and breathing your PhD subject - so you have to very interested in it yourself.

topic of Ph.D research

PostPosted: Wed Jan 12, 2005 3:40 pm
by Dave Jensen
Nick is right -- that's a very specialized question, and as the moderator I have to remind people here that we are set up not to discuss questions of PhD research, but what happens AFTERWARD. Notably, in careers in science and engineering in the world of industry and academia.

To partially answer your question, the whole field of microfluidics and MEMS is hot with headhunters currently . . . the problem is that you never know how long "cool tech" is going to last. Best to find something you really are passionate about, and stick with it.

Dave Jensen, Moderator