Engineering as a hobby.

Mahyar Hassid (@mhas39) 8 years, 7 months ago

I watched a informational video today on this 1940’s bombshell hollywood superstar Hedy Lamarr. She migrated to the states from Austria where she was discovered by a famous producer/film maker and her gorgeous looks gained her instant fame for a while.
Here’s the real interesting thing about Hedy though. She was a brilliant engineer and mathematician and I’m pretty sure she was self taught.
Along with a colleague, she came up with the idea of a frequency hopping signal that would be used on guided missiles and make it hard for enemies to jam the signal. The idea was dismissed but the fact that she was absolutely brilliant beyond her looks remains true.

Now this inspired me – if she can manage to teach herself engineering while juggling the fast paced life of hollywood, can anyone do it?

I myself am a marketing major who discovered a little late in his college career that maybe something in the engineering realm was more suitable for him. Can I do what hedy did? Can I use resources online and in books to teach myself some level of engineering?

Has anyone done this before? Any recommendations for resources to get started?

May 6, 2013 at 2:05 pm
Alex (141)M (@alexishungry) 8 years, 7 months ago ago

@mhas39, I’m sure it’s possible, but I don’t have any experience with that. I think it would be awesome if you followed through with this and did engineering independently. Post this topic on a few engineering forums. I’m sure they’d have much more to say. Best of luck to you.

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Anonymous (2,833) (@) 8 years, 7 months ago ago

@mhas39, you won’t pick up engineering by reading text books.

You need a goal in mind, and you learn from there. Start with this amazingly under-rated website:
Instructables.com

Here are some ideas to get you started:
http://www.instructables.com/id/LEDs/
http://www.instructables.com/tag/type-id/category-technology/channel-arduino/
http://www.instructables.com/id/the-algae-experiment-How-to-build-your-own-algae-/
http://www.instructables.com/id/Cigar-Box-Stir-Plate/

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Mahyar Hassid (140)C (@mhas39) 8 years, 7 months ago ago

@ijesuschrist, knowledge is nothing without application, i get that. Thanks for helping with the first step mate!

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Zhaetur (89) (@zhaetur) 8 years, 7 months ago ago

@mhas39, As a current student I’d have to say you probably could go the “engineering” route you’re talking about. If you want to design things then go for it, there are plenty of resources online to help you.

If you want to go over the course work then it gets a little more complicated as some concepts are slightly hard to grasp and having a professor helps. That being said I’m sure there are online videos about the same subject you could check out.

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Orestes (0) (@genghisbong) 8 years, 7 months ago ago

I am an engineering student of 4 years and i have come to find that i have learnt everything i wanted to online. The professors teach you what is appropriate to learn, therefore it can get tedious and annoying because there are alot of things that are unnecessary. If you have a passion to learn something – there is nothing to get in your way. Torrentz, books, manuals – theyre all out there. The universities have us tricked into thinking we have to learn what they teach – – everyone has a different range of interests and you should follow yours the way you want to follow it!
Dont let an engineer tell you its hard, because it isnt. I know im not the brightest spark and i got through it – it takes friendships, few hours a day and communication to get through anything. From my experience people who do “smart” degrees act like they know it all, but theres alot in this world to explore – keep exploring. One day engineering may be boring to you and the best thing to do is keep on keeping on. Hope this helps.
When people ask if im an engineer – i say no. even though i have a degree, its not what i want to do. Reading your input, when people ask you if your an engineer, you will reply yes, because i love it!=)

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