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Anyone have siblings studying CS or Engineering as well.

csmathstudentcsmathstudent Registered User Posts: 8 New Member
edited March 2013 in Engineering Majors
Today I found out my younger brother is studying Electrical Engineering. That makes 4 out of 6 of going into the tech industry. My sister has a C.S degree from UMich and I am pursuing a C.S degree as well. My other brother is majoring in Computer Engineering. Plus my father is a technician.

I have found that the many people I talk to who are CS major either had a parent or a sibling who also majored in CS. Do you think that more people are likely to study computers when a parent or sibling aslo has studied it. Have any of you studying CS or Engineering noticed this as well in your own family or other families of people you've talk to.
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Replies to: Anyone have siblings studying CS or Engineering as well.

  • RoninatorRoninator Registered User Posts: 78 Junior Member
    I wish I could sit and talk with all you guys so I could figure out whether I want to major in cs, ce, or ee.. hahah
  • LookbehindyouLookbehindyou Registered User Posts: 145 Junior Member
    3 cousins doing civil, and I'm doing petroleum. We will be the first engineers in our family so I doubt that being related to a person with a similar degree may influence that much into a decision.
  • ChrisTKDChrisTKD Registered User Posts: 1,000 Senior Member
    Interesting question. DW is a programmer and I started out as a CS major (eventually pre-business). Son#1 is a CS major. Son#2 will start next year as a CompEng.
  • HyperionOmegaHyperionOmega Registered User Posts: 143 Junior Member
    I'm an only child, but my cousin is a mechanical engineer and my uncle is an electrical engineer.
  • da6onetda6onet Registered User Posts: 653 Member
    5 cousins, 2 brothers -> all non-technical (econ/mba + 1 film)
    Dad has engineering degree + MBA, he initially discouraged me from going engineering (at the time he was right).

    Oddly enough my wife has a BFA, but now works for a lucrative defense software company (not as a software engineer though).

    Most of my friends outside of school are CS majors though, I'll pose the question at the LAN party this Saturday.
  • VladenschlutteVladenschlutte Registered User Posts: 4,329 Senior Member
    Nope, just me in my immediate family. I think one of my aunts majored in CS or IT though, but I don't have any close relation to her.

    We do have a family friend (about my parent's age) who got a Masters in Industrial Engineering. But I have no blood relation to him.
  • MaineLonghornMaineLonghorn Super Moderator Posts: 36,504 Super Moderator
    When I meet other female structural engineers, I always ask them if their dad was/is an engineer. I think I've met only two women whose fathers WEREN'T! My dad is an engineering prof. My sister is a teacher - so my dad passed on his teaching AND engineering genes.
  • turbo93turbo93 Registered User Posts: 2,856 Senior Member
    This is tradition back in my home country - my older daughter is 3rd generation building/construction related (architecture), a bunch of cousins all studied economics, two of wife's siblings dentists, etc. My younger daughter will likely follow her parents into CS or Bioinformatics. In general it's easier because you can see what a major involves.
  • marlenemarlene Registered User Posts: 205 Junior Member
    I'm a mentor for a FIRST Robotics team. There was one year where every student on the team had a father who was an engineer.
  • colorado_momcolorado_mom Registered User Posts: 8,651 Senior Member
    I think it fairly common to see family themes. DH and I are both Mech Eng, and we've noticed many other students at our son's engineering school have two parents that are engineers. Our D also tried engineering, but for her Econ is better fit.
  • land64sharkland64shark Registered User Posts: 148 Junior Member
    The kids' father is a CS major. I'm an RN now, but was a technician back in the day. (I don't think the kids even know that.) I have two kids currently majoring in ChemE and a high schooler that has also declared their desire to be a ChemE, all girls.
  • ProudCSDadProudCSDad Registered User Posts: 9 New Member
    My daughter is a CS major, but neither I nor her mother nor any other relatives are engineers or computer scientists.
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