Top 100 Reasons to Go to the Best Computer Engineering Schools
1. To be remembered as one who helped humanity thrive and succeed in a way no other could.
2. Because “Engineering stimulates the mind.” -Bruce Dickinson
3. Because the robots are taking over.
4. Because who’s signing up for Facebook anymore? It’s time for you to create the next billion dollar tech company.
5. Because “What we consider as impossible are simply engineering problems… there’s no law of physics preventing them.” -Michio Kaku
6. Because the Labor Department predicts there will be nearly 140,000 brand new positions in software development created before 2022.
7. Because “Computers themselves, and software yet to be developed, will revolutionize the way we learn.” -Steve Jobs
8. Because seven out of the 10 largest STEM occupations are related to computers, with 686,470 employed as applications software developers, 563,540 as computer user support specialists and 528,320 as computer systems analysts.
9. Because you can be the go-to tech resource.
10. Because you’ll interact with some of the nation’s top tech minds, including professors, guest speakers and tech advisors.
11. Because the future of companies need you for innovation.
12. Because Moore’s Law demands a smaller microchip.
13. Because “To provide simple scientific solutions to complex design problems is the job of an Engineer.” -Bhupesh B. Patil
15. Because your professors know how to put their theories into action.
16. Because there’s major money for STEM majors.
17. Because a career in computer engineering offers opportunities to solve real-world problems.
18. Because “Science is not a boy’s game, it’s not a girl’s game. It’s everyone’s game. It’s about where we are and where we’re going.” – Nichelle Nichols, former NASA ambassador
19. Did you know an engineer invented the snowboard? It’s time to find out what you can create during your engineering career.
20. Because you’re worried about work attire. And jeans and a t-shirt will be your business suit.
21. Because engineering promises a long-lasting career. Did you know it is common for engineers to practice their trade at 65 and older?
22. Because “By the time we get to the 2040s, we’ll be able to multiply human intelligence a billion fold. That will be a profound change that’s singular in nature. Computers are going to keep getting smaller and smaller. Ultimately, they will go inside our bodies and brains and make us healthier, make us smarter.” -Ray Kurzweil
23. Because every company needs technically savvy people. This means that almost every industry has job opportunities for STEM grads (healthcare, advertising, hospitality, construction, financial).
24. Because you’ll work in a fast-paced career that deals with break-throughs or high-tech creations (like wearable technology or self-driving cars).
25. Because our society runs on technology. STEM professionals help make that happen.
26. Because it’s your chance to influence the technology-driven world we live in.
27. Because “There’s nothing I believe in more strongly than getting more young people into math and engineering, for a better tomorrow, for a better mankind.” -Bill Nye
28. Because women will always be welcome. Computer engineering needs you.
29. Because you like paying your bills on time. STEM workers command higher wages, earning 26% more than their non-STEM counterparts.
30. So you major in employable.
31. Because we (and Sony) need your help defeating the hackers with cyber and computer security.
32. Because the US Department of Labor claims the U.S. will have over 1 million job openings in STEM-related fields by 2018.
33. Because “Death and taxes are unsolved engineering problems.” -Romana Machado
34. So that traffic jams are a thing of the past.
35. So when we forget to charge our phone at night, the everlasting wait to get a full charge during the day is a thing of the past via 0 to 100% one minute chargers.
36. So that playing catch no longer requires two to play.
37. Because “Once confined to fantasy and science fiction, time travel is now simply an engineering problem.” -Michio Kaku
38. To cure disease through forefront nanotechnology rather than the traditional medical route.
39. To be one of the first to send men and women to Mars and back.
40. To give those who have ever been unfortunate enough to lose a limb, another chance to feel and move again with bionics.
41. To make the Back to the Future hoverboard a reality.
42. Because you want to be welcomed into one of the few places where being called a ‘hack’ is actually a good thing.
43. Because followers need not apply, it’s time for you to lead the curve.
44. Because #STEMTalks.
45. Because award-winning faculty with real-world experience are there to teach you.
46. So you can speak fluently to a diverse group of peers in their native tongue: computers and computer languages.
47. Because developing microchips is a whole lot healthier for your brain than those other chips you’ve been eating.
48. Because hands-on training is hands-down the best way to learn.
49. So you can actually learn what the “thing” means in the Internet of Things.
50. Because Big Data Analytics is a pretty big deal.
51. Because Bill Gates needs some competition. He is once again the richest person on the planet, a title he’s held for 16 out of the last 21 years/Bill Gates earned $11.5 billion in 2015 which works out to be ~$33.3 million per day
52. Because STEM majors see more wage growth over their careers than any other major.
53. Because according to McKinsey & Company, there is a great need for analytical minds, calculating that the U.S. faces a shortage of 140,000 to 190,000 workers with deep analytical skills, as well as 1.5 million managers and analysts who can interpret Big Data Analytics.
54. Because Ray Kurzweil has used Moore’s law to calculate that desktop computers will have the same processing power as human brains by the year 2029.
55. Because you could be the person to launch an Internet 4.0.
56. Because with many jobs being replaced by automation, your job security will be intact as you will be creating the automation.
57. To obtain the ability to create stunning, never before seen environments with virtual reality.
58. Because it’s clearly the logical choice, dear Watson.
60. To make exciting sports and activities… even more exciting.
61. Because you know not any old computer can perform like the supercomputer.
62. Because the next great video game isn’t going to build itself.
63. Fact: 33% of the S&P 500 CEOs’ undergraduate degrees are in engineering.
64. Because unemployment rates for STEM workers remains below the national average.
65. So that your friends won’t have chance in an argument against you. The word engineer derives from the Latin word for cleverness.
66. Because in our world today, you need to be tech-savvy, pay attention to detail and be creative. These are the same core principles taught through STEM education.
67. Because you’ll use a hands-on, visual learning approach everyday.
68. Because you’ve been dependent on your parents for a while now. Here’s your chance to have them be dependent on you.
69. So you can help Star Trek actually happen. Beam me up, Scotty.
70. Because the knowledge you’ve learned in the classroom can help you land an internship at big companies, such as Apple or HP.
71. Because “Everybody in this country should know how to program a computer… because it teaches you how to think.” -Steve Jobs
72. Because employment of software developers is projected to grow 22% from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations.
73. Because “The path to the CEO’s office should not be through the CFO’s office, and it should not be through the marketing department. It needs to be through engineering and design.” -Elon Musk
74. Because of the top 100 STEM occupations, 93 pay mean wages well above the national average for all occupations.
75. Because the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology has concluded that over the next decade the United States economy will need one million more STEM professionals than American colleges and universities will produce at their current rate.
76. Because driverless cars are predicted to save lives and drastically improve the economy, but they’re still not fully usable just yet.
77. Because “One man’s ‘magic’ is another man’s engineering. ‘Supernatural’ is a null word.” -Robert A. Heinlein
78. Because “The best programmers are not marginally better than merely good ones. They are an order-of-magnitude better, measured by whatever standard: conceptual creativity, speed, ingenuity of design or problem-solving ability.” -Randall E. Stross
79. So you can Tweet in code and your peers will actually understand you
81. Because the software industry employs more than 1 million people in the U.S., adding more than $260 billion in value to the U.S. economy.
82. Because “Software is a great combination between artistry and engineering.” -Bill Gates
83. Because there’s actually a class you can take about robots and robotics.
84. Because the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that embedded systems engineer jobs will grow 21% between 2008 and 2018.
85. Because according to Bloomberg, only two non-STEM majors rank within the top 25 highest-earning majors.
86. So you can kiss away your computer malfunction worries. There’s no room for them after you’ve earned a four-year computer engineering degree.
87. To learn how to manage and effectively operate traffic light systems, televisions, radios and even kitchen appliances. (Talk about power!)
88. Because a field trip to a theme park is actually pretty common. Engineers are responsible for designing and building roller coasters.
89. Because STEM degrees hold value in non STEM jobs — 74% of college graduates with STEM degrees are going into non-STEM jobs, according to the Census Bureau. They’re pursuing careers in everything from healthcare and law to education and social work.
90. Because you hate computer viruses. Learn how to stop them before they go viral.
91. So that you can be constantly challenged and a part of something groundbreaking.
92. Because “Professional Hacker” is now a respectable job title, if you’re working for the good guys.
93. Because STEM jobs are growing at 1.7 times the rate of non-STEM jobs.
94. Because you learn by doing.
95. Because the high demand for STEM workers leads to lower levels of unemployment and higher wages. (Supply. Demand. You get it.)
96. Because LinkedIn ranks statistical and analytical skills as being #1 on the list of the 25 most in-demand job skills.
97. Because learning a spoken language is hard. Instead of learning one in four years, learn up to five written languages, including C++, Java, Python and more.
98. Because you totally relate to this: “I’m a geek, I like to code, I even like to use spreadsheets when I cook.” -Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo, former engineer at Google
99. Because you think, you question, you create and you solve.
100. So that you can change the world.