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|Aiysha's Three Favorite Things about the ECE Department:
1) The professors
2) The opportunities for internships and research
3) The mentoring program
Advice to Incoming Students:
Never hesitate to get advice from upperclassmen, advisors and professors. The best advice and suggestions I have received have come from upperclassmen. Remember, they have all been there and done that! Everybody here is ready to help as long as you reach out to them. Get involved by joining societies, doing research and volunteering for events. Make the most out of your learning experience here at the University of Maryland. They are countless opportunities; all you need to do is grab them.
talks about ECE @ Maryland:
I am originally from Dubai, United Arab Emirates. I came to the US to pursue further education. I love traveling and really enjoying outdoor activities and sports. My favorite sport is soccer.
I grew up with engineers around me. My brothers are all from an engineering background, and from a very young age I was attracted to their books and research projects that I often saw them working on during my visits to their universities. Being good in math and physics in high school definitely guided me to a path towards an engineering degree. I wanted to trail an engineering degree that would challenge me intellectually as well as allow me to work with cutting-edge technology and Electrical Engineering fulfills both these aspects.
When applying to schools, I wanted to be part of a program that would not only give me a good engineering education, but also allow me to get hands on experience through working in labs and research. Eventually, I wanted to choose a school that would help me stand out among graduates when entering the workforce. With Washington D.C. being the home of many Engineering companies, the University of Maryland was the best pick satisfying all that I was looking for in a school.
I am focusing on electrophysics and expecting to graduate in May 2010. I have already taken a lot of courses related to optics that really enhanced my knowledge in the field. I am also interested in power electronics. My higher education is definitely going to be closely related to electrophysics. Electrophysics is behind advances in everything from microwaves to Plasma and LCD televisions to Wireless Communications. Electrophysics welcomes steady innovations to cutting-edge technologies. This is one of the main reasons that increased my interest in the field.
The labs that I took as a part of my course work have given me hands-on experience as well as having let me see the practical use of my engineering knowledge. The societies such as the IEEE and SWE not only give you a chance to interact with other engineers, but also give you an opportunity to get more involved and network with engineering research programs and employers. Being a part of the Leaders of ECE has also given me a chance to interact with prospective students to describe my experience as a student here at the university. I have also worked for the Office of Information Technology and for Dr. Lawson as a UTF. Both these job experiences have boosted my confidence and exposed to me to different challenges.Having the opportunity to do research with Professor Mayergoyz has also given me a chance to study and understand Power electronics more closely.
Being a part of the fast-paced environment here at the University of Maryland, I have noticed that the students are very focused toward learning. Most of my classmates are the same people I have been taking classes with over the semesters. We often work in groups and no one ever turns you down when you need help. I have made a couple of really good friends in the ECE department. We have one of the best ECE faculties here at the University of Maryland. The professors strive to give you the best education. They really care how you perform in their classes, and they are always available for help.
The University has not only helped me mature analytically, but also it has prepared me to face challenges of graduate school as well as the work force. I have met people from different backgrounds and have learned to accept and learn differences in cultures. The university has helped me adjust to a fast-paced environment.
Professor Mayergoyz has not only given me excellent knowledge about the field of Power Electronics, but also has encouraged me to aim for the best. I was able to apply the knowledge that I had gained from his class on Power Electronics directly at an internship I had over the summer. Doing research with him has prepared me for the challenges I will face during graduate school as well as the work force. Professor Mayergoyz’s high expectations have led me to achieve my academic as well as my career goals.
I plan to pursue a higher level of education by attending graduate school. Having taken different engineering courses and research experience here at the University has exposed me to the vast knowledge in field of electrophysics. But to achieve higher degree of understanding in the field, I feel graduate school would be necessary.
If I had to name one reason why other students should choose to enroll in the University of Maryland's electrical or computer engineering program, it would have to be for the fast-paced learning environment.
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