Studies & Degrees in Sensor Technology

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Sensor technology is one area of study that hasn’t been tapped to the fullest. It may have been overshadowed by the onset of computers and it’s various applications but still no one can deny what sensor technology can really do if utilized to its full potential. Perhaps, the most commonly observed sensor technology is the one that detects the absence of sunlight that when the sun is about to set and ambient light becomes dimmer, and at a certain level of dimness, activates the photocells on the streetlights to turn it on automatically. Sensor technology is also the one to be credited for stopping fires from going out of control as it activates the sprinkler systems inside buildings and structures. In the movies, we see sensor technology used for safeguarding valuable items like priceless paintings and famous jewelries in a museum by turning on alarms connected to police stations. When an alarm bleeps on the police station, they would know that an intruder has entered the premises that house the valuable items.

Actually, sensors has been in used on various human endeavors but are they really limited to fire prevention, deterrent to burglary or lighting streets? For all it’s worth, sensor technology is perhaps in its infancy stage and that many more time saving devices could be brought forth by people who would take time to study the field of Sensor Technology.

Perhaps, when it came out back then, computer technology was not that advanced yet and so it had to take a back seat as the development of computers took center stage. But now, students of sensor technology would have limitless potential too as they could also tap advances made in the computer technology. Generally, Sensor Technology is a broad field as light, pressure, motion, temperature, humidity, electricity, sound, vibration and anything that may become a trigger for an electronic device would fall into their area of study.

Naturally, this course would be largely based on concepts of physics, mathematics, chemistry, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and also computer science. Apart from the theoretical aspect of it, students of Sensor Technology would be exposed to a lot of instrumentation topics with emphasis on actuators and silicon microchip sensors. Students would also be familiarized with operation and handling of ultrasonic transducers. Modern courses now also include investigation and identification of signal processing methods through the use of computer programs.

Since this is a highly specialized area of study, this would not be an undergraduate course but rather a postgraduate course for engineering and allied courses like applied physics and applied chemistry. Other requirement for this course are at least a 6.5 score in their IELTS, 600 for TOEFL.

Opportunities for sensor technology graduates would be a lot as there are many technology based companies out there or they could start their own company since most likely graduates of this course are capable of coming up with new products. Among the fields that would be very much in need of sensor technologists are petroleum related companies, biotech companies and clinical medicine-based companies, auto manufacturers and other companies that may need lots of instrumentations.

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