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|Dan's Three Favorite Things about the ECE Department:
1) The flexibility of the curriculum in the final two years
2) The availability of undergraduate research opportunities inside and outside the ECE department
3) Maryland is a great school at a great price
Advice to Incoming Students:
Get involved in everything you can... undergraduate research, internships and co-ops, academic programs, clubs, and sports. Get a very diverse experience base so you have a lot of skills to offer and a lot of experiences to draw upon when you are looking for a job or applying to graduate school.
talks about ECE @ Maryland:
"I think that even before I knew what engineering was, it was pretty easy to tell that it was for me. I was one of those kids who loved to take things apart and put them back together, sometimes in a different way that frustrated my parents.
After graduating from a math, science, and computer science high school magnet program, I chose to attend Maryland because it was a great school at a great price. I was admitted to several schools, but Maryland was the only school that offered me merit-based financial aid.
There's a very diverse student population in ECE. There are students from all over Maryland, some from around the U.S., and a significant number from overseas. The professors have graduated from top institutions around the world, and quite a few are world-renowned in their fields. But most are very approachable and enjoy teaching in their area of expertise.
As an ECE student, I was involved in three undergraduate research experiences, the QUEST Program, Tau Beta Pi and Eta Kappa Nu. I also interned for several companies, including Nextel Communications and Sprint Communications.
I am most proud of my internship with Nextel Communications, where I had the opportunity to work on the software for a next-generation wireless phone. I used this software to report bugs to the phone's manufacturer, Motorola, who later issued fixes to the handset. This application suite enabled the phone to release 3 months ahead of schedule.
Outside the classroom, I was active in the QUEST Program, the 2005 Solar Decathlon Project, and robotics research. For fun, I enjoyed skiing with the Terrapin Ski and Snowboard Club, and exploring D.C. with my friends.
After completing my B.S. degree, I decided to pursue my Master's degree in Electrical Engineering at Maryland. I also began working full time as a consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton, focusing on intelligence systems. I chose this career path because consulting offers me the opportunity to work on a variety of projects at once.
I think the broad experience base I have gained at Maryland has given me the skills I will need in my career. Top employers visit Maryland because our ECE department is one of the best programs in the nation, and I wouldn't have had this job opportunity if it were not for our good reputation with employers."
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