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|Olawale's Three Favorite Things about the ECE Department:
1) The quality of the faculty, who are extremely well versed and stay abreast with developments in their areas of expertise, and do a lot of interesting research.
2) The support structure from the staff and faculty is extremely good.
3) The student body in the department is really diverse. I was able to make a lot of friends across various continents. There are a lot of friendly people in the department.
Advice to Incoming Students:
Most international students come from a stricter atmosphere in term of student-faculty interaction. My advice to new students is not to be scared of knocking on the doors of the faculty and talking about any ideas or problems you might have. Most have an open door policy and new students should take advantage of that.
talks about ECE @ Maryland:
"I am from, Kaduna, Nigeria, the most populous nation in Africa, which has a very rich culture, and is also the greatest soccer nation! I grew up and did all my pre-college education in Nigeria. I did my undergraduate degree in Moscow, Russia, which gave me an opportunity to discover a totally different culture and system. Before coming to College Park, I also interned in London, England for a while. I have had a very rich exposure to various cultures.
The rank of the university and the quality of its research and faculty are what drew me to the University of Maryland. I was NOT at all disappointed in that quality after coming to Maryland.
I enrolled in the M.S. in Electrical Engineering program. My area of concentration was Microelectronics with a minor in Computer Architecture. For my Masters thesis, I looked into the advantages and viability of making RF chips using CMOS technology, because of the recent scaling of CMOS processes.
Being a TA in the department really allowed me to interact with a lot of undergraduates. It is always a good feeling when I think I have helped others in their path toward becoming an engineer. I am proud of that.
The student body in ECE is pretty impressive. The department is like a mix of the best students from various places. The professors are top notch and extremely knowledgeable. Most have an open door policy and are very friendly and helpful. The student-faculty interaction is pretty informal compared to what I was used to, and most professors are addressed on a first name basis.
There a lot of activities at Maryland outside the classroom and most are free. I love soccer and I took part in the intramurals competitions. Grad students also have various activities, like going to the Grad pub every Friday (again free chicken!) and taking hiking vacations. The University also has a world-class recreation center for all those muscle enthusiasts out there.
My experience at the University of Maryland was most beneficial. Besides the obvious technical expertise I acquired, I think the other most important thing is the interpersonal skills I learned from my interaction with faculty, staff and students alike. Being a shy person, I think I was forced out of my shell.
The quality of education in the ECE department is extremely high. My classes equipped me with the knowledge as well as the practical skill set to be successful in my area."
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