MEET THE STUDENTS
| Wen-Hsien's Three Favorite Things about the ECE Department:
1) The research program
2) Faculty members
3) All of the technical support
Advice to Incoming Students:
Try to motivate yourself for your study and research. If you like your current work, you will find a lot of fun. Also, utilize all facilities and resources on campus to enjoy your life at Maryland.
talks about ECE @ Maryland:
"I was interested in engineering from an early age. My father inspired me to do things myself. He was a civil engineer and liked to fix all household problems himself. I always followed him and tried to help him when I was a child. Sometimes, he explained engineering principles and showed my simple calculations.
In addition to being drawn by the financial support at Maryland, I had a good understanding of my research topic. I had a clear picture for my future research, including all classes and resources, before I joined the ECE department. My advisor and I communicated via e-mail and phone several times.
My research focused on microelectronics and micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS). Basically, MEMS is a device or system including micro-scale electrical and/or mechanical components fabricated with IC batch process.
During my Ph.D. study, I was involved in a project collaborating with NASA Goddard Space Flight Center to develop the first MEMS device that will be used in the James Webb Space Telescope in outer space.
My main responsibility was to study the reliability of this tiny device.
This topic was challenging since I was the first person trying to understand electrical/mechanical/reliability properties of micro-/nano-scale thin film materials at cryogenic temperatures. This device is set to be launched in 2011. When I hear about the James Webb Space Telescope in the future, this will remind me that I made contributions to the development of the telescope.
All students attending the ECE department want to learn and improve their technical skills. Most professors like students who can be self-motivated, enthusiastic, independent, and cooperative. In addition, you have to be responsible and dedicated to your work. The ECE department is like a big family. You have chances to discuss any issue, technical or non-technical, with people from different countries. In addition to the technical skills and knowledge, I learned how to become a good researcher and how to communicate with people from different fields. I believe that these personal characters are very important to me for my caree growth.
After graduating, I had offers from industry and two offers for faculty positions. This means that both industrial and academic people like students from our ECE department. I chose Intel as because I want to gain some industrial experience after staying in the academic field as a student for a long time. In my opinion, if you focus and dedicate yourself to your current work, you will definitely make some contributions to society."
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