MEET THE STUDENTS
| Tao's Three Favorite Things about the ECE Department:
1) Diversity of fields of study and people
2) Great research program and opportunities to interact with first-class researchers
3) Various options of classes with very high quality
Advice to Incoming Students:
Interact with people in the department. You'll have fun.
talks about ECE @ Maryland:
"Before I came to Maryland, I attended Tsinghua University, Beijing, where I graduated with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. I was attracted by Maryland’s prestigious research reputation and the broad spectrum of research activities our department has. The professors in ECE are leading lots of cutting-edge research.
I am particularly grateful for the various opportunities the department provided. My research focused on theoretical understanding of self-organized, distributed networks. I learned a lot from my advisor, professors and colleagues here, not only how to do research, but also how to be a good researcher. As a teaching assistant, I found my interaction with students very stimulating and also a good re-studying process.
The department is very supportive of practical experience. I had a summer internship with Microsoft Research. My research on trust distribution in mobile ad hoc networks won a medal from the Department of Army Research Chief Scientist.
The students at Maryland are very intelligent and friendly. They came from all over the world with different backgrounds. It is an excellent place to know a lot about different people and cultures. The relationship between faculty and students in ECE is very good. Professors are willing to interact with students.
Outside the classroom, one of my all-time favorite activities was traveling whenever time permits. On campus, the University provides very good sport facilities. The campus recreation center is great. It has a nice room for my favorite sport, ping-pong. I also got the chance to learn an instrument called Koto. We performed once at the Kennedy Center.
Through teaching assistant opportunities and the training and advice I got from my advisor and other professors, the ECE program helped me to improve my capabilities that are needed in academia."
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