MEET THE STUDENTS
|Gelareh's Three Favorite Things about the ECE Department:
1) Great research program
2) Leading professors
3) Wide and varied options for classes & fields of study
Advice to Incoming Students:
Be involved with the department, not just on the academic level but also on social and governmental.
talks about ECE @ Maryland:
"My background is a little complex. I was born in Canada, lived for sometime in Iran, and spent the majority of my life in Wollongong, Australia—and then in College Park!
I was first interested in Maryland because it is a very well known and respected university, both in and outside of the USA. Its strong research, guided by some extremely respected professors in both communication and computer security, was its main attraction for me.
I enrolled in the Ph.D. program in ECE, with a major in communication and minor in computer engineering. My research interests have been in network security and cryptography and I worked with Professor Virgil Gligor.
I taught classes and been involved in professional activities such as reviewing conference and journal papers. I was also involved in various department council and graduate groups. I was on the board of the ECE Graduate Student Association for three years. I served as graduate student representatives on the department council and the GSRC, and represented the ECE students on the Engineering Graduate Student Council (EGSC).
Although the ECE program is very large, I did not feel lost in the sea of students. I became exposed to not only the culture of the USA, but also many other countries such as China, India, Iceland and Colombia. Everyone is very friendly and there is great camaraderie. Faculty and staff care about the students and they really do try to make our graduate experience most valuable and rich.
The classes that are offered each semester are many and diverse and taught by the top people in each field. There are always more classes I want to take than I can take. We have experts in many wide and varied fields, allowing the students to be exposed to the different faces of electrical and computer engineering.
Outside the classroom, I went to the gym regularly and enjoyed riding my bike. I also enjoyed playing with my game cube and playing my guitar. There are also some very good salsa clubs in DC!"
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