ChemE IP in Northwest/ Seattle
« on: Feb 16th, 2006, 7:13pm »
I am a chemical engineer with 2 yrs experience in the refining/ oil & gas industry and 1 yrs experience in wastewaster treatment. I live in Seattle and since my husband is a programmer at Microsoft, career prospects for him in the region are good. However, I have struggled to find ChemE work in the Seattle region and since moving here a year ago, have been commuting 110 mi to work for a contractor in the refining industry. I have a good job, although I cannot say I'm passionate about engineering, and obviously the commuting is far from ideal! (I actually would like a career where I can be in the same city as my husband!)
For a long time I have been interested in patent law, and last Fall decided to go through the Law School application process. I was not accepted at UW, but have been offered a scholarship to Seattle University for entry in Fall 2006. I am excited about this, but hestitant as I do not know much about job prospects and the patent industry in the Northwest.
My questions are numerous:
1) I am aware that without the ChemE industry in the region, there cannot be much IP work, so what would my job prospects be like?
2) I am considering taking some programming courses and being coached by my husband. Would this help my job prospects?
3) Although I believe that I would truly enjoy patent law (my father did patent litigation), am I unwise to give up my career in engineering? (Even though I don't love it!!)
4) Since SU is not as highly ranked as UW, what would out-of-state opportunities be like (i.e. in a region with more ChemE industry) ?
5) Does anyone have an idea about the chances of being able to transfer to UW after 1 year? How many transfer students are accepted and what would make my application stand out?
I would really appreciate any advice or answers that may help me make my decision.