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Peter McNabb

Mechanical Engineering

Peter is the kind of engineer who will admit that he prefers to design things on the computer rather than "get his hands dirty." Fortunately, in the engineering profession, there's room for all kinds of people.

However, he does like building stuff. He built his own computer, and he likes to construct robots. For example, he created a "photovore" robot that feeds on light to charge itself and moves only in the direction of the light source.

Peter feels that the engineering faculty were his education. They passed on their knowledge, helped him meet goals, taught him what is important to know, and—most importantly—taught him how to think.

To him, engineering is fascinating because it has taught him how to make an idea into reality.


If you've ever taken something apart to see what made it work, you're already on your way to becoming a Mechanical Engineer (believe it or not, there are people who have never wanted to take apart anything—these people are probably not Mechanical Engineers). MEs are interested in what makes things work. They're interested in how to create devices that will perform certain tasks.

MECHANICAL ENGINEERS DESIGN EVERYTHING FROM 747s TO REFRIGERATORS. They create machines that make our life simpler, more productive, or more interesting. Remember those Mars Rovers that are still wandering around the Red Planet taking photos? You can bet a mechanical engineer or two had a hand in designing them. If regular machines are too big for you, what about microscopic nanomachines? Mechanical engineers do it all.