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|Mahsa's Three Favorite Things about the ECE Department:
1. Outstanding research programs
2. Top ranking among the engineering schools in the nation
3. Diversity of ECE community and its friendly environment
Advice to Incoming Students:
Having a University of Maryland ECE Department graduate degree opens doors to a variety of opportunities in the professional world.
ECE has more to offer than just scientific and academic prospects; I encourage incoming students to get involved not only in the academia but also in social and governmental activities.
talks about ECE @ Maryland:
I was born in Shiraz, Iran; a city of poets, wine, and flowers. I moved to the United States for my undergraduate studies and got my Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Missouri. I am currently enrolled in the Master’s program in ECE at the University of Maryland – College Park. My research area is focused on Microelectronics, and I am part of the Mixed Signal and Analogue Design Laboratory.
At first, I was not very interested in Electrical Engineering, but after hearing about future career opportunities, I decided to enter this major. As I got more involved in this area, I gradually became more interested; so much so that I decided to pursue higher education after completing my B.S. degree.
I decided to continue my education at the University of Maryland because of its worldwide recognition and also because its graduates are respected both in academia and industry. Furthermore, proximity to the greater Washington DC area was particularly attractive to me for my tendency towards involvement in social activities.
I am currently studying towards my Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering with a focus on Microelectronics. I expect to graduate in Fall 2009 and I am considering continuing my studies in the Ph.D. level. I am involved in device modeling under cryogenic conditions, including parameter extraction and a BSIM model creation and modification project. I am also working on power sources for low-power applications; in particular, wireless sensor networks.
On the academic side, I have made significant progress in my research and have published a number of technical papers. As the president of the Women in Electrical and Computer Engineering (WECE), I have successfully worked with my colleagues to introduce WECE as an official organization in the university.
In my experience, ECE is a friendly and diverse environment. As a large and active engineering program, ECE at Maryland has provided an atmosphere where students are given the chance to manifest their potential by participating in various research programs and having access to academic resources. Faculty and staff are very helpful and cooperative with students to enrich their graduate study experience.
In contrast with my undergraduate university, which was more focused on practical aspects of Electrical Engineering, the strong emphasis here on theoretical foundations of ECE has considerably enhanced my capability to view the analytical side of my area.
Working under the supervision of Professor Martin Peckerar has given me the opportunity to be involved in the research topics that I was interested in. Dr. Zeynep Dilli has been greatly helpful to me in my transition from undergraduate studies to research-based graduate work.
Immediately after finishing my Master’s studies, I am planning to pursue a Ph.D. degree in order to acquire the skills needed for a successful career in industry. My ultimate goal is to conduct advanced research in NASA’s research centers. I am also interested in establishing my own consulting and research firm.
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