
Re: Q: Engineering or Math?
Posted:
Nov 16, 1997 1:02 PM


kdieudonX@spacey.net wrote: > > As an electrical engineer with a BS, I'm frustrated by not knowing all the > math I need to fully grasp the theories involved in many areas of my job. > For example, the statistical skill necessary in the analyzation of noise or > in evaluating or simulating data. Also, I wish I understood the realm of > orthogonal functions more to better understand communications/digital signal > processing coding ideas better. My question is basically this: I have > heard it said from the engineering side that mathematicians are not worthy > of as much respect as engineers because what they learn is far afieldeven > the applied math being somewhat suspect. Still, isn't it better to learn > the math first and apply it later? As engineers we seem to limit ourselves > to learning just the part that is useful to us and not one bit extra. What > do you math people have to say about this? Do you agree that studying math > gives you a greater perspective than the engineer? Do you think that your > work is worth the time you've put into it? I ask because I am considering > leaning more toward math and less toward engineering in my future education. > I would love to hear your opinions.
I did my Bachelor's in Math and Master's in Engineering. It is not true that applied math is suspect. eventually, if you do go into research in areas such as Signal processing, you will be needing a lot of math. I think your decision to learn more math than engineering is correct because you will eventually have learnt more by learning the theory behind what you do than just the end results.
Good Luck, Arvind

