MEET THE STUDENTS
|Dan's Three Favorite Things about the ECE Department:
1) The department offers many research opportunities to undergraduates
2) ECE offers a wide variety of classes
3) ECE students are extraordinarily friendly and willing to help one another
Advice to Incoming Students:
Make sure you always take at least one liberal arts course each semester, and make sure you always consider new possibilities for your future.
talks about ECE @ Maryland:
"I applied to a number of good engineering schools, but I chose Maryland primarily because I wanted a large school that would give me plenty of options to take classes in other disciplines and to participate in sports.
Professors here allow anyone with a serious interest in research to become involved as an undergraduate. I participated in engineering research for two summers in the MERIT program. The first summer I researched computer architecture under Professor Yeung, and the second summer's research focused on digital watermarking and fingerprinting technology under Professor Wu. Through the Gemstone program I also engaged in a three-year team research project, focusing on the application of the principles of evolutionary computation to multi-agent systems.
Maryland allows undergraduates to learn much more than is offered in any course if they are interested. This gives students the opportunity to understand what graduate school would be like long before the application season and to explore potential areas of interest.
The availability of a variety of classes is another benefit the ECE department has to offer. This allowed me to take mostly classes that I like and also to learn interesting subjects in more depth.
Outside of the classroom, I rowed with the Maryland Men's Crew for my first three years at Maryland. By my junior year I was elected president and was running the club in addition to rowing for it. Sport clubs at Maryland are completely student-run. We raised and managed our own money, found our own coaches, and purchased our own equipment. During college I also started competing in triathlons for fun, and I plan to continue.
After college I attended the University of Virginia to pursue a career in law. Having an engineering degree opens up many possibilities in the legal profession, and there are many interesting cases that involve both social and technical issues."
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