Maybe when you get out of college, get a civilian engineering job for Lockheed, submit some TCTO's to the Air Force and fix all the damn problems the Raptor is having. Great theory, bad implentation so far. But like the rest of them, I am sure they will eventually get it ironed out.
Hey, I worked on the Raptor windscreen a few years ago and fixed some problems! Amazing tech, no wonder they have struggled with it. I'm trained as a chemist but have spent most of my career doing materials science. Lots of polymeric materials research, image processing and image analysis. I worked in the electronic materials business for five years to develop dielectric materials and polymeric LEDs. That was a blast. I'm so old, I have a social security number with only four digits in it. I got into computers to interface them to in-house-developed instrumentation back in the dark ages of automation. I've used them as tools in the workplace for a long time but my interest got rekindled when my kids needed more graphics power for gameing. I've done a bunch of thermal management development for reaction vessels, polymer curing research, accelerated aging studies, you name it and enjoy fiddling with cooling technology. I've been into the recording tech side of music for a while and want to upgrade the home studio soon because the kids are developing a decent rock/folk/blues band and we need to make some demos. Supporting their interests cuts way into the time I have for mine but at least life isn't boring!