MEET THE STUDENTS
|Heba's Three Favorite Things about the ECE Department:
1) Great advising
2) High quality teaching and state-of-the-art research
3) Cultural diversity of faculty and students that greatly enriches the program
Advice to Incoming Students:
Students should try to get involved in research early on as undergraduates. Such experiences will initiate their drive to pursue graduate school. It will also develop their independent problem-solving skills and allow them to find their specialized area of interest.
talks about ECE @ Maryland:
"I was born and raised in Alexandria, Egypt, and lived there until the age of 17. At the age of two and a half, I started playing gymnastics, swimming, and playing the piano. I became the lead gymnast in the Egyptian national team, and won the Arabian Cup. I also successfully completed ten years of piano studies in the conservatoire.
I developed an early interest in engineering because both my parents are engineers. Growing up, I attended several of my father's lectures and have always admired his ability to help students develop their technical and research skills. Although engineering is complicated and female participation has been traditionally low, I maintained a keen interest in the field.
I began studying engineering at the American University in Cairo and received a sports scholarship for the highest gold medalist achievers. I transferred to the University of Maryland and graduated with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, then completed my M.S. degree at Stanford University.
After working in industry, I developed a deep interest in optical communication. This motivated me to come back to the University of Maryland ECE Department to pursue my Ph.D. and join the Maryland Optics Group under the supervision of Professor Christopher Davis.
My undergraduate studies at Maryland tremendously built my academic skills, research experience, as well as leadership skills, which allowed me to pursue and successfully complete my M.S. in Electrical Engineering at Stanford University. Maryland's ECE program helped me from an early age to develop my academic and research skills.
The University of Maryland's ECE department is the highest ranked program in the region both in undergraduate as well as graduate studies. Professors and students in the ECE department come from very diverse backgrounds. Such a cultural diversity allows various academic backgrounds and experiences to come together and greatly enrich the program. Overall, the atmosphere is very friendly and cooperative.
I delivered both of my children as a Ph.D. student at Maryland. I successfully proposed my research and achieved candidacy two weeks prior to delivering my second child.
I think my success in my career and academic studies is due to the strong foundation I built during my undergraduate studies at University of Maryland."
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