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|Chenjie's Three Favorite Things about the ECE Department:
1) The excellent teachers in the highly advanced research areas
2) The inspiring and challenging courses
3) The staff teams because they are good at assisting students
Advice to Incoming Students:
I would suggest that new students carefully explore the existing resources that are available to them.
talks about ECE @ Maryland:
I am from the city of Suzhou, China, a city famous for its long and rich history. I obtained my bachelor's at Shanghai Jiaotong University. Afterward, I came to the University of Maryland to pursue graduate degrees in the field of computer engineering.
The good thing about engineering is its strong connection with the real world, as opposed to more theoretical scientific studies. Most engineering projects lead to helpful and useful applications. This is more so with computer engineering, as computers and the Internet have become a part of daily life. Every innovation in this field makes people's lives better.
I was attracted to the University of Maryland because it is a renowned university in the beautiful DC area. It has been consistently ranked among the top 20 in electrical and computer engineering. It also has good resources and programs for international students.
I am pursuing a Ph.D. degree in computer engineering, specilizing in the area of parallel computing, multi-core processor architectures, and so on. I expect to graduate in 2010. I chose this topic back in 2005, when the computer industry was shifting to multi-core processors as opposed to single processor based designs. I believe such a change will be a major trend towards the future of computing.
As an ECE student, I spend a lot of time studying and doing research, and attending lectures and seminars. The ECEGSA (ECE graduate student association) also organizes happy hours, hiking trips and ski trips. The university itself also has a wide range of facilities and activities to explore. The two that I prefer and often go to are the gym and the Performing Arts Center. Besides, the city of DC is also a good source of touring during holidays.
ECE at Maryland has a good reputation for research, which often attracts students who are interested in research and can carry through the difficult processes. The professors here are nice to students and open to research discussions. My experiences at Maryland raise me to the level, which is expected for higher degrees. I now think more into the underlying mechanisms, and in a way I think more systematically.
I plan to continue working in the area of computer architecture and related fields. My studies in ECE prepared me with adequate experience and knowledge of this field.
Other students should choose to enroll in the University of Maryland's electrical and computer engineering program for the nice environment and open atmoshpere.
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