AIC Opens Up - Lynda Zhang

A brief look at the different types of engineering majors and what you can expect to do with a, engineering degree after undergraduate.

每次问想要学工程的学生们为什么对工程感兴趣时,他们总是会告诉我因为有用。有时候家长也会好心插话说“在美国学工程很容易能找到工作”。一定程度上讲这是对的,但是根据我在弗吉尼亚大学工程学院的经历来讲,你的工程专业会很大程度上影响本科毕业后能找到什么类型的工作。我会在这列出各工程学科的不同,还有希望留在美国的学生们根据这些学科可以期望在美国从事什么样的工作。

生物医学工程是针对医学和生物对以医疗健康为目的对工程学原理和设计概念的应用。遗憾的是大多数生物技术公司不雇佣本科毕业生。所以我的同学大部分都去读了研究生(在那里他们需要做5到7年的研究),或医学院,或像德勤咨询公司这样的咨询顾问公司,还有人开始创建自己的公司。

化学工程是通过把原材料或化学材料转变成更有价值的形式的,对物理和生物科学的应用。对化学工程专业的学生来说其实只有两个方向:针对燃气公司的石油工程或针对药品公司的药剂学,像默克公司,辉瑞制药。对于想要在领域内取得成就的化学工程专业来说,他们迟早是需要完成研究生或是博士学位来更好的发展的。

土木工程包括对人造和自然环境的设计,施工和维修,这些环境包括道路,桥梁,建筑等。大多数土木工程师为国防契约企业工作,在美国国内或其他国家建造基础设施。但是不幸的是国防契约商都是有美国政府雇佣的,所以他们大多数情况下只接受美国公民.

电力工程,计算机工程,和计算机科学都是互相联系的。分别他们最简单的方法就是电力工程主要针对硬件,计算机科学主要针对软件,计算机工程是两者的结合。这在美国是个相当受欢迎并且很有用的领域。如果你想被像谷歌,微软或亚马逊这样的大公司录用(像很多我的同学一样),你应该选择这三个当中的一个。

机械工程包括对热力和机械工程系统和机器运作能源的设计,分析和用法。它和航天航空工程是非常接近的。机械工程是工程学的核心,很多此专业的本科毕业生会到制造公司或私营合同公司工作。

系统工程在中国家长圈里不太著名,它是一门跨学科的科学,主要针对复杂工程项目的设计和管理。它阔领域的特性在雇佣者当中很受欢迎。系统工程在弗吉尼亚大学是最简单的工程学科,这个专业的学生也经常拿到最多的大规模的咨询顾问公司的工作岗位,包括埃森哲,德勤,麦肯锡。对于想要以最少量的工作量得到最多的报酬的目的,我非常推荐这个专业

航天航空工程听起来很酷,但是美国政府已经切断了给NASA的资金,所以大多数航天航公工程项目都己经停止了。想学习这个专业的学生会需要和机械工程专业的学生竞争工作,如果他们想留在美国的话。

总的来说,我想强调工程学只是解决问题的技能。有了这些技能,你可以所任何事,从咨询顾问到教授到开自己的公司。所以请随便去打破已存在的模版去创造你自己的工作吧!

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Lynda 是北京办公室的美方老师。 她毕业于弗吉尼亚大学生物医学工程。

English: Lynda Zhang 中文: Daisy Li.

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When I ask prospective engineering students why they’re interested in engineering, I’m usually told that it’s useful. Sometimes well-intentioned parents will chime in with, “It’s easier to find a job in America with an engineering degree.” This is true to some degree, but judging by my experience in the engineering school at the University of Virginia, your engineering major will greatly affect what type of job you can get out of undergrad. Here, I’ll outline the differences between engineering disciplines and what kind of jobs students can expect if they want to stay in America.

Biomedical Engineering is the application of engineering principles and design concepts to medicine and biology for healthcare purposes. Sadly, most biotechnology companies do not hire students without a master’s degree or PhD, so most of my classmates went to graduate school (where they do research for 5-7 years), medical school, consulting firms like Deloitte, or participated in their own start-up companies.

Chemical Engineering is the application of physical and biological sciences by converting raw materials or chemicals into more useful or valuable forms. There are really only two directions for students out of chemical engineering: petroleum engineering for gas companies, or pharmaceutics for drug companies like Merck or Pfizer. At some point, chemical engineers will need to go back to school for a masters or PhD if they want to advance in their field.

Civil Engineering consists of the design, construction, and maintenance of physical and natural built environments like roads, bridges, or buildings. Most civil engineers go into construction or work for defense contractors to build infrastructure in America or abroad. Unfortunately, defense contractors are hired by the U.S. government, so they mostly only accept U.S. citizens.

Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, and Computer Science are all interwoven. The easiest way to distinguish amongst them is the fact that electrical engineering is mostly hardware, computer science is mostly software, and computer engineering is a combination of both. This is a super popular and useful field in America. If you want to be hired by big name companies like Google, Microsoft, or Amazon (like many of my computer engineering classmates did), you should study one of the three.

Mechanical engineering includes the design, analysis, and usage of heat and mechanical power for the operation of machines and mechanical systems. It’s also very, very close to aerospace engineering. Mechanical engineering is the heart of engineering, and most undergraduates go off to work in manufacturing or at private contracting firms.

Systems engineering is rarely heard of by Chinese parents, but it is an interdisciplinary field and focuses on designing and managing complex engineering projects over their life cycles. It’s very interdisciplinary and actually very popular with employers. Systems engineering is actually the easiest engineering major at the University of Virginia, and their students tend to get the most job offers from large consulting firms like Accenture, Deloitte, and McKinsey. I highly recommend this major if you want to get the most pay for the most minimal work.

Aerospace Engineering sounds cool, but the U.S.  government has already cut off funding for NASA, so most aerospace programs are dead. Students who want to study aerospace engineering will have to fight for jobs with the mechanical engineers if they want to stay in America.

Overall, I want to stress that engineering is just a set of problem solving skills. With these skills, you can do anything from consulting to teaching to starting your own company, so feel free to break the existing mold and create your own jobs!

 

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Lynda is a consultant in the Beijing AIC office. She graduated from the University of Virginia majoring in Biomedical Engineering and Business.

Lemon Tree Film League - Student Activities!

LemonTree青少年电影联盟现火热招新!

            LemonTree电影联盟(LemonTree film league)于2014年6月刚刚成立,旨在为青少年群体(中学生、大学生)提供一个影视制作相关的体验,学习,交流平台。同时建立众多中学微电影社团、微电影组织的全国网络,定期举行活动。联盟由一个10人组成的核心团队组织策划。我们的网址是“lemontreefilm-china.com”, 微信公众账号是:lemontreefilm。

       

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                请用微信扫一扫我们的二维码并关注。

现在联盟共有七大运营项目,具体内容详见网站。

影视创作类有:

    •       新手体验电影(夏令营)

    •       精英联合电影制作 (夏令营)

电影学习类有:

    •       影视讲座

    •       电影学习室

    •       想法启迪室

同时即将于明年启动的项目有:

    •       ‘天际电影节’

    •       原创乐队

我们现在正在招募:

1.管理部门成员:  如果你是微电影组织、学校的影视类社团中的一员,欢迎加入管理部门,让你所在的社团与我们进行资源共享,为以后的活动搭建平台。

2.技术部门成员:如果你有过Html语言的网站编程经验,影视剪辑经验、或是你会熟练使用摄像机,请加入技术部!

3.编辑部门成员:有艺术天赋,有文采,喜爱写作,那么这里一定是你施展拳脚的天地,我们有:活动编辑,策划书编辑,专题编辑。

4.外联部门成员:如果你善于和别人打交道,请加入外联部,主要进行活动场地的联络等工作。

5.活动部门成员:能熟练操作照相机?你可以成为活动纪录者;有一副好口才?你可以当一名主持人。

请发送邮件到lemontreefilm@163.com 。  简单介绍自己,写明想加入的部门以及自己所擅长的领域。 当我们组织活动时,核心团队将会在每个部门选取成员组成临时小组进行活动策划,运营,宣传等具体工作。

College Fair 2014

Last week AIC Beijing was busy preparing for AIC’s annual College Fair! We gathered all of our US teachers from around the country to represent their alma mater.

在上周,北京佳桥教育紧锣密鼓的准备了一年一度的AIC College Fair(大学园游会)为此,我们聚集了佳桥教育全国各地的美方老师来到北京来代表他们各自的母校。

But first, we played laser tag! Because we recently hired some new teachers, we wanted to spend some time getting to know each other. And what better way to do so than to fire lasers at each other??

不过最首先的活动是laser tag!由于近期佳桥教育雇佣了一些新的老师,我们想让每一个佳桥教育的成员都能了解对方,那又有什么活动能比向新朋友发射laser好呢?

We also locked ourselves in “mystery rooms” and combined our brain power to puzzle out the clues in order to escape the rooms. Some of us were more successful than others!

 随后我们一起参与了密室游戏,充分运用大脑来解谜从而逃出生天。我们当中的有些人做的还十分出众呢!

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On Saturday afternoon, we invited Professor Dick Yue from MIT to speak to parents and students about leadership and what it takes to be accepted to a school like MIT. He was very popular and many students stayed behind to ask him questions. We hope to see some future MIT students come from this!

周六下午,我们邀请了来自MIT的Dick Yue教授为学生和家长讲解Leadership(领导才能)以及被MIT录取需要做些什么等一系列问题。Yue教授当天十分受欢迎,即使在会后也有许多留下来询问的学生和家长。由此,佳桥教育希望能够看到更多的录取MIT的学生!

 

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In total, we represented over 30 top colleges and universities. AIC alumni and students also chipped in to represent their school and answer questions about the application process, their colleges’ environments, and academic opportunities.

在College Fair上,佳桥教育总共展出了30余所顶尖大学和学院。佳桥教育的校友和学生也纷纷加入,代表他们各自的学校并且对申请过程,校园环境,学术性的机会等问题进行一一解答。

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If you missed it but want to know more about AIC, our experience, and our schools, stop by our office and let us know! 

如果你错过了这次活动但却想更多的认识AIC,更多的了解我们的经验,更多的了解我们的母校,不妨来我们的办公室了解更多信息吧!

AIC Student Showcase: Nicole, an AIC Beijing student composes and plays her own piano and flute music. Enjoy her latest composition!

AIC Student Showcase is for our students to publish projects they are proud of. This can include music, drawings, cartoons, photography, artwork of any kind. If you are an AIC student and interested in having your projects published, please email leah.house@aic-edu.com

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AIC College Fair on 7/7

This past weekend AIC hosted its second annual College Fair. Last year’s event in Shenzhen was such a success that we planned another one, this time in Beijing.

上个周末佳桥教育举行了第二届年度大学巡展会. 去年在深圳举行的第一届巡展会是那么的成功所以我们今年这次在北京满怀信心的举行了第二届.

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We invited all of our US teachers from every branch of AIC, as well as AIC alumni, to come represent their alma maters. Altogether we had over 40 top universities and Liberal Arts Colleges in attendance such as Harvard, UChicago, Duke, Stanford, Johns Hopkins, Cornell, Notre Dame, University of Michigan, as well as Macalaster, Grinnell, Hamilton, Smith, and other highly ranked LACs.

我们邀请了来自所有地区办公室的美方老师, 和众多的佳桥往届校友, 来代表他们的母校. 合起来我们有四十多所顶尖美国综合性大学和文理学院代表出场, 诸如哈佛, 芝大, 杜克, 斯坦福, 约翰霍普金斯, 康奈尔, 圣母, 密歇根等顶级综合性大学, 也有麦卡莱斯特, 格林奈尔, 汉密尔顿, 史密斯等等其他顶尖文理学院.

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For the first time, we had our High School Scholars of the Future program represented at the college fair. We asked several AIC students and alumni who had attended US boarding schools to come and speak with prospective students about their high school experiences.

有史以来的第一次, 我们把我们的高中未来学者项目也搬上了大学巡展会. 我们邀请了几位佳桥的上过美国寄宿高中的学生和校友前来和有意向去美国高中读书的学生交谈.

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Afterwards we divided the company into North and South teams and took part in a highly competitive basketball game. The South team won by a lot; we don’t need to go into details. It was pretty rough.

大学巡展会后我们把老师和学生们分成了两队篮球队, 北方队和南方队, 并举行了一场异常激烈的篮球赛. 虽然最后南方队大比分取胜, 但是比赛还是非常精彩的…

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All in all, we had a great time meeting with students and talking about why we loved our colleges. This kind of a reunion/company event was also a good way for the new teachers to see how much like a family AIC is.

总而言之, 我们很高兴和如此多的学生和校友们见面并讨论我们狂爱着我们各自母校的原因. 这种大家重聚一堂的活动也不失是一个让新来的美方老师体会到佳桥学生和老师之间亲密关系的好方法.

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By Leah

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Translated by Freddy

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