Sun, 19 Mar 2017, 19:26

My students,

I finally got a chance to read all the information sheets you turned in
some time ago.  Of the 131 students currently enrolled, 120 students turned
in information sheets.  Many made comments or asked questions that I felt
it was important to respond personally.  Probably more than a third of you got
email from me last night and today.  In addition, there were a couple of
items I thought I would share with all of you.

First, I was delighted to learn that about one fourth of you (much more than
usual) view your career path as being in software.  I think more and more
your knowledge of computer architecture is going to be useful in that regard.
I regularly get email from Microsoft developers, for example,  thanking me 
for what they learned in both EE306 and EE460N.

...and several of you are looking at other non-comp-arch careers, some in
DSP, circuit design, and even two in electormagnetics!

A number of you asked about whether it is better to get an MS now or go to
work for a few years first.  The answer is always: it depends on your 
particular situation.  Still, if you can afford to, my perception is that it
is better to get the masters degree as soon as you can.  There is too much
to learn as a practicing engineer, and the BS degree is really not enough
in most cases.  Sure, there are exceptions.  In fact, Bill Gates and Michael
Dell never even finished the BS.  There are several examples of successful
people with just a BS.  But in most cases, an MS will be necessary, and if
possible, sooner is better than later.

Good luck with the rest of the course.  I know it is a lot of work, especially
right now as many of you try to get lab 3 done by midnight.  But I hope at the
end of tunnel you will be happy that you did it.

Best wishes,
Yale Patt