MEET THE STUDENTS
|Amon's Three Favorite Things about the ECE Department:
1) The availability of many of the professors—they will take the time to talk to you if you stop by
2) The structure of the degree reflects what a person needs to know to make it in the world, but leaves enough room to take your own senior elective courses, so you can study what interests you
3) The Kim Building (with a large fabrication lab)
Advice to Incoming Students:
Engineering—and school, in general—is hard work. But everything feels amazing when you get it done and know you've accomplished something. On the other hand, don't get buried. It's easy to get lost in the books, which can make you forget why you chose engineering. It's good to get out and get active to remind yourself that what you are studying could turn the world into something amazing. Find the "happy medium."
talks about ECE @ Maryland:
"I first became interested in engineering when I was young. I used to build elaborate mechanical contraptions out of Legos. I remember putting together a build-your-own Walkman set I got from my dad, who was an engineer. I later found that the motor was too weak to drive the tape player, so I created a casing out of Legos and used a Lego motor to drive the spindle.
As a high school student, I read about the University of Maryland ECE department in various magazines about undergraduate schools, and was impressed by the high ranking.
The students in ECE at Maryland all have one thing in common: they are driven. The professors try not to throw you in the deep end, but they give you enough room for you to discover certain things yourself. It's the best way to learn.
Electrical and computer engineering is definitely one of the hardest and most demanding majors. In biology, you memorize the workings of systems and parts; in political science, you understand the nuances of interaction between various entities; but in engineering, you do both.
During my time at Maryland, I focused on communications and signal processing, which can easily cross over into control systems. However, my professors always tell me that the better engineer is not specialized, but is accustomed to a wide range of topics.
During the summer as an undergraduate, I did research on 3-D face-model recognition. This was through the MERIT research program.
Outside of the classroom, I loved to play guitar and write songs as my primary creative release. Otherwise, I read—mostly fiction, and a lot of comic books. I also played on intramural teams, and enjoyed hanging out with my friends.
After completing my B.S. degree, I went on to earn my M.S. in Electrical Engineering, working in Prof. Rama Chellappa's lab, where I continued my research in signal processing and pattern recognition."
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