When I was choosing a university major after high-school, I chose
engineering. I won't get into that decision in this blog post but I
happened to go to a school where the first year of
general, and we were allowed to choose our concentration around 3/4 of
the way through the first year. At this point I was torn--I
an interest in many of the disciplines including Civil, Geological, and
Electrical. In the end, my preference to math over physics,
the general upturn in the electronics industry nudged me towards
choosing Electrical and Computer Engineering department.
had no major regrets since then, but one thing I probably miss is
really seeing the product of my work. For instance, as a
engineer, there's nothing like showing people the building you worked
on. A mechanical engineer can show how their latest machine
works. As electronics engineers our products do not have big
moving parts (unless you're in robotics--but that's really an
amalgamation of mechanical and electrical). To compare with
other disciplines, it would be nice to have a visual representation of
our work beyond schematics. Perhaps images of these
micro-structures would be a good start. And hence,
the long winding preamble to TechOnline's Image of the Week page.
electronics, so let's see what these microscopic structures really look
like. The capabilities of TechInsights Services
scanning electron microscopes (SEM), X-ray machines, transmission
electron microscopes (TEM), chemical laboratories, and high resolution
digital cameras) can provide a unique view of the semiconductor
world. And the TechOnline community can now have a good look
some of these images with the Image of the Week
page (as well as
try to win some small prizes). So go ahead and check out it
out, and have an interesting look at the
electronics you help create.
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