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Do you know anyone who has a Ph.D. in engineering?

Asked by RedDeerGuy1 (24648points) August 27th, 2022

Also if they work in the field? What do they get paid? From any Ph.D engineering specialist field, ( i.e. electrical, civil, computer)?

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JLeslie's avatar

I’m 90% sure my sister’s exboyfriend had a PhD in engineering. I remember she said among him and his friends she was the least educated and she has a masters degree. They were in academia or medical doctors, researchers, etc.

When I knew him he was working on a new type of diagnostic machine. Similar to MRI or CT but a new technology.

I don’t know what his pay was, but part of his benefit was being able to live in the US. He was German.

elbanditoroso's avatar

Engineering is such a broadly defined area – covers everything from Nuclear engineering to Electrical engineering to Mechanical engineering to Civil engineering to Aerospace, Biomedical, COmputer, and so on and so forth.

Salaries are all over the place, depending on whether the person works for a university, the government, or private industry.

Question is too broad for a real answer.

Blackwater_Park's avatar

I do, I work with several. You won’t find too many for several good reasons though. They generally make what engineers with a bachelor’s degree earn. Most at that level are professors and researchers. A four year engineer can do research too so there is not much advantage even getting a master’s degree in engineering. Getting an MBA if you already have an engineering degree makes more sense. That’s a common career path engineers take.

raum's avatar

Off the top of my head, most of the people I know with an advanced degree in engineering went the MBA route.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

My cousin does. He received his PhD from MIT in Engineering. He is the VP for a technical company based in California and travels all over the world meeting with companies to find out what their technical needs are for the next five – ten years, and then his engineering team develops it. He has over 100 patents.

I have no idea what his salary is. It’s none of my business, nor does it matter.

smudges's avatar

Ohmigosh! No one ever asks that! My dad had one; actually a dual PhD in electrical engineering and physiology.

He was Dean at a university and taught. He was also asked by NASA to help develop fiberoptics for Sprint one summer in the 70s. He did his PhD in Alaska with caribou and elk and his research became the precursor to the machines that are now used in ICU to record a patient’s vitals. His Electric Circuits and Networks can still be bought on Amazon, although he wrote it in the 80s(?). Before he got his PhD he was written up in Newsweek in a short article regarding what he was doing in his research laboratory. I have no idea what he was paid; my parents didn’t share that info with us kids.

Caravanfan's avatar

Yes. He’s a nuclear engineer and an engineering professor at Cal. His wife is a bioenginering PHD who works as a science educator.

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Forever_Free's avatar

I do and know my two brothers and one BIL who also have PhD’s in engineering just in my direct family.
Mine is in Computer Science, my Brothers are in Chemistry and my BIL’s is in Civil Engineering.
As far as salary, that can vary widely depending on what you are doing with it and where you live.

SnipSnip's avatar

A lot.

This research will mean much more to you if you do it yourself in the area where you expect to make your adult life and practice your profession. Areas of the country are very different when it comes to answering the questions you are asking. Universities have career counselors.

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