MEET THE STUDENTS
|Ahmed's Three Favorite Things about the ECE Department:
1) Taking courses with the well-known professors in communications and signal processing
2) The working environment here—students cooperate with each other in solving research problems
3) Meeting students from different countries and with diverse cultures
Advice to Incoming Students:
Take your time to get to know the new culture and environment that surrounds you. People here are really nice and helpful. There are a lot of nice places to visit nearby, so do not miss this opportunity. Go to coffee hours, seminars, meetings and talk to people. Also do not rush into a specific research problem when you first start. Just enjoy your classes and learn from them, and meanwhile through speaking with people and attending technical talks, you can get some nice ideas for research. Finally, it is really nice being one of the students in this department, so do not miss this nice experience and good luck!
talks about ECE @ Maryland:
"I was born and raised in Alexandria, Egypt, and can say that it is really one of the most beautiful cities to live in—and not because I come from there! I received my B.S. with First Class Honors in Electrical Engineering from Alexandria University in 2000. After that I was appointed as a T.A. in the EE Department in Alexandria University, where I finished my M.S. in 2003.
After I finished my M.S., I thought there were still a lot of things that I needed to learn and understand in the field of Electrical Engineering, so I decided to pursue Ph.D. studies. I found that the ECE department at the University of Maryland is one of the highest ranked in the United States.
The professors in ECE at Maryland are well known and lead a very strong research program. Taking courses in communications and signal processing helped me a lot with my research.
I liked the working environment in ECE. Students cooperate with each other to solve research problems. Also, I enjoyed meeting students from different cultural backgrounds, which helps you develop a much broader understanding of different human behaviors and customs. This is really a very important experience that you gain from coming to graduate school here.
My research interests are in the area of cooperative communications and networking. I am especially interested in developing new protocols that jointly address different network layers. The goal is to meet the demands of future wireless applications for high throughput capacity and increased coverage. Beside my own research and publications, I am happy to have contributed with some of my colleagues in developing some research projects that lead to fruitful results.
Outside the classroom, I enjoyed playing football — I mean soccer : ) — a lot. I joined the intramural team twice, and really enjoyed it. We had a team that played almost weekly and grew to about 20 players, all coming from different countries.
I like academia and research a lot. I enjoy being challenged with new problems. Although it has been studied for decades, the field of wireless networking still has a lot of open and interesting problems that need to be solved."
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