Guidance for UAV design?

I plan on getting a bachelors degree in electronics engineering, and perhaps computer science as a double. Possibly going on to get a masters in one of them. If I wanted to work on UAV design, as in the technical parts, not the design of the aircraft itself, would this be the best route? What would you people recomend as the best direction in terms of education?

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  • Yes, that plan will work. I have two friends that now work in what can be called "Autonomous Alley" near Poway and San DIego- one did EE/CS + MS in CS on a 5 year plan (3 year BS, 2 year MS) at USC and the other did Aeronautical. They work on two separate aspects of Military UAVs, but are both knee deep in the industry. My suggestion would be to get into school asap and also consider becoming an active member in a robotics community. Also, consider getting an internship while you are working on your degree- anything extra curricular to help you get experience and find exactly what part of UAVS you really wanna focus on.
    Good luck!
  • 3D Robotics
    Yes, I think an EE/CS combo is perfect. The Ardu* teams right now are using skills from EE (board and sensor design), CS (real-time code), mechanical engineering (dynamic systems and control theory) and a little bit of aeronautical (airframe selection/tuning). In the future, we'll be adding more AI.
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