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|Eduardo's Three Favorite Things about the ECE Department:
1.) The professors - they are not only among the best in the nation but are also very approachable.
2.) The collegiality among graduate students - it's a competitive yet very friendly atmosphere.
3.) The staff - they provide essential assistance to graduate students as they progress in the program.
Advice to Incoming Students:
I would strongly encourage incoming students to pursue a healthy life style. It is very important to have a good network of friends who will give a hand when you need it. A good way to get started is to get involved with the activities sponsored by the ECEGSA.
talks about ECE @ Maryland:
I was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to a Brazilian mother and a Dominican father. I lived with my parents in Rio until I turned 18. I moved to the United States to attend college at the University of Maryland.
I have always known that my biggest strength was in the sciences. When I came to Maryland, I had the opportunity to spend the first year of college evaluating my options. Electrical Engineering had always been the most attractive major to me, not only for being one of the most challenging, but also the one that provided the widest range of applications. After I took the freshman course “Introduction to Engineering Design,” I was sure electrical engineering was the right choice. I am currently working on Control theory and its integration with Information theory under the guidance of Prof. Nuno Martins.
Being an undergraduate student at the University of Maryland, I was very familiar with the faculty and staff members of the ECE department. The choice of staying at Maryland to pursue my Ph.D. degree was a natural one.
The professors at the ECE department are not only among the best in the nation but are also very approachable. They are always willing to chat and help. Moreover, the staff members provide essential assistance to graduate students as they progress in the program. Their support is indispensable.
Being a teaching assistant is one of the greatest joys of a graduate student. As a teaching assistant I have had the opportunity to improve my public speaking abilities, which is an essential skill in today’s job market. I have also had the chance to serve the department as a board member and President of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Graduate Student Association (ECEGSA). Leading such an organization has been a great challenge from which I learn everyday.
The faculty, staff and students of the ECE department contribute in their own way to create an atmosphere that is not only conductive to learning, but also relaxed and informal.
Prof. Nuno Martins has been instrumental to my success in the Ph.D. program. He has been a source of inspiration and has provided a solid foundation as I pursue my degree.
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