Tools that every engineering/science student must have – Part 1

An engineering or science bachelors degree is no small feat. In fact, it is a huge accomplishment comprising a lot of learning, and a complete overhaul of the way our mind words and learns. As such, there’s a lot of stuff that is expected out of an engineer or a scientist… and there are a lot of tools we must learn to use, and use well. This guide is primarily meant for Tier 2 and 3 college students of the country as they don’t have the exposure that the old IITs or IISc have and as such, the students don’t know what to do. Such skills, as I shall point out here, are essential. Do learn all of this….

Let’s start off…

  • LaTeX : Hey, everyone hates latex but we gotta use it someday (get the pun?). So, for those of you who do not know, LaTeX is a typesetting software which is used by all scientific and research papers published worldwide. As such, it is a good addition to your resume if you know how to comfortably use the power of LaTeX.
  • Terminal : Now this is a surprising this but a lot of Computer Science students have never used any Linux distro in their lives and even if they have, they don’t know what the terminal is and how to harness it’s power. Trust me, if you claim to be a good CS student and don’t know your Linux, you’ll be nothing short of a joke. So, do learn how to use this amazing and powerful tool.
  • MATLAB : The perfect tool for mathematical modelling, MATLAB finds use in almost every scientific and engineering sector, especially once you cross the bachelor stage of the degree. Also, learning MATLAB is fun and easy to do. It’s a great skill to have and will only enhance your resume if you can do it well. Note that if you are unable to procure a MATLAB license from your university, you can use a free software named GNU Octave. It uses the same coding syntax and works just the same for a bachelor level student.

Other tools coming in future posts…. Subscribe to get updates!

Cheers !
Aakash

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