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|Filiz's Three Favorite Things about the ECE Department:
1.The professors of the ECE department value the students’ knowledge and are open to any type of communication that will help the students feel the most comfortable while learning.
2.At Maryland, everybody is very respectful of each other’s racial, ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds and sexual preferences. In addition, any type of activities or daily routines that are part of one’s personal choices are valued and considered as essential to the diversity of the community.
3. At ECE, there is a big interaction between the professors, which augments the dynamism of the department.
Advice to Incoming Students:
I would advise incoming students to communicate with as many people as possible during their stay at UMD. This would enable them to not only enrich their technical knowledge but also to learn about different cultures, which are represented in the University’s diverse community.
talks about ECE @ Maryland:
I was born in Izmir, Turkey. I received my undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering at Middle East Technical University (METU) in 2007. I moved to Maryland soon thereafter as a Fulbright Scholar to pursue a Masters Degree from the ECE Department at the University of Maryland (UMD).
When I was only fourteen, due to my high interest in science, I decided to go to a high school that offered an advanced curriculum in all science disciplines. During my high school years, as I became more involved in technical knowledge, I developed an interest in engineering. It wasn’t too long before I realized that Electrical Engineering is the leading engineering branch of our time.
One of the reasons why I applied to the ECE Masters program was its high engineering ranking among other U.S. universities. When I did further research about the department, I saw that it was worthy of its high ranking due to both its highly equipped physical facilities and very prosperous academic environment.
My concentration area is Microelectronics and I expect to get my Masters degree soon. I have started working on plasmonic bow-tie antennas under the advisory of Prof. Peckerar at the end of my second semester in graduate school. Since the most challenging issue in this project is the gap control of the bow-tie structures during fabrication, I chose to work on e-beam lithography proximity correction techniques to be applied on bow-tie antenna fabrication for my Masters thesis research. However, this research is a small part of a larger project which is of great interest to me, so I decided to extend my stay at UMD and pursue a Ph.D. degree.
I have been an active participant of the Women in Electrical and Computer Engineering (WECE) organization, serving as its Vice-President. Being a part of WECE has provided me with an opportunity to interact with the fellow female students and faculty members in an informal way. Also, I have been able to improve my leadership skills by participating in event planning and mentoring programs for new students.
The ECE department has a very versatile environment. One can improve his/her knowledge base by attending various technical seminars and information sessions. On the other hand, they can develop their social skills during the events organized both indoors and outdoors by the graduate student organizations. For example, during the coffee hours, held by the ECE Graduate Student Association (ECEGSA), a very nice environment is formed where the students have the chance to socialize and develop friendships.
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