MEET THE STUDENTS
|Reza's Three Favorite Things about the ECE Department:
1) Having a very good research advisor (Dr. Thomas Murphy)
2) Diversity in the department (both students and faculty)
3) Being able to participate in student organizations and department committees
Advice to Incoming Students:
If students are not sure what research area they are interested in, they should not jump into making decision. I suggest that they try to contact the professors and students in research groups they might be interested in while taking classes in those areas. After two or three semesters, it should be clear who they want to work for, and hopefully they can get into their desired group.
talks about ECE @ Maryland:
"I am originally from Iran and got my B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Sharif University of Technology in Tehran. I then enrolled as a Ph.D. student at the University of Maryland.
I liked the diverse graduate student body of the department as well as the quality of research done by the faculty members in the department.
The location of the University was also a criterion for me in choosing this school.
My research interests are mainly in applications of nonlinear optics in high-speed optical communication systems.
In my first three semesters when I was a TA, I gained good experience in teaching. Also as a research assistant, I was able to publish a good number of papers and present my work in conferences. My advisor and I were finalists in the university's Invention of the Year award. I also won first prize in the graduate student poster competition organized by Baltimore-Washington chapters of the IEEE laser and electro-optics (LEOS) society. I also enjoyed participating in two student organizations.
Lots of smart students from all over the globe attend the ECE department in Maryland. The atmosphere between the students is friendly and there are events like coffee hours every week where students can socialize and get to know each other. In my experience, I found most of the faculty members friendly towards students also."
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