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Elizabeth's Three Favorite Things about the ECE Department:
1) Through ENEE 181 Explore Electronics, I was able to get hands on experience with electronic circuits in just my second semester here. In that class I built a stereo FM transmitter, one of the reasons I am so interested in signals.
2) I have had very good experiences with the professors in the ECE Department. They are always willing to help with any questions you might have, and really care about how you are doing in their classes.
3) I have found that the ECE Department is like a family. Although we are at such a large university, I feel like I know a lot of the people in the department.
Advice to Incoming Students:
I would encourage new students to try everything when they come. Do not be shy about talking to people, especially upperclassmen. The best advice I have been given about the ECE department has come from other students. Talk to classmates. You will be spending four years with more or less the same people, and it will be a lot more enjoyable if you know who they are. Also, go to club meetings, find something that interests you, and follow through. You can find almost anything at Maryland if you are willing to look.
talks about ECE @ Maryland:
I was very good at math in high school, and I was looking for a career where that certain affinity would be useful. I also liked being creative, using my hands and imagination to create. With engineering, I have the ability to apply my knowledge to the physical world. I like electrical engineering because of its very logical nature, and how it really is a part of almost everything in today’s world.
There were two main things that attracted me to the University of Maryland’s ECE program. The A. James Clark School of Engineering is ranked highly nationally, so I knew I would be getting a top education. And since I am from Maryland, it would be at a lower cost than almost any other University, which gave me flexibility to not have to work during the school year.
Almost all of Electrical Engineering is interesting and important. I plan to focus on communications and signal processing. It is one of the fastest developing fields in Electrical Engineering, and some of the research being done at Maryland and across the country will have a big impact on everyday lives.
The atmosphere of the ECE department is one of learning and respect. Instead of competition and secrecy, students are more than willing to help each other learn in or out of class. Since I have had many classes with the same people, we have developed a camraderie with each other. In all, it makes classes more fun and the department more inviting. Professors are also always willing to help. From my experience, they truly care about how you are doing in their classes, and are willing to help you learn any way they can.
Coming to college opens up a lot of opportunities. I have been able to attend top collegiate sporting events, world-class music and theater performances, participate in intramural sports, and of course, learn. Attending Maryland has helped me develop into a well-rounded individual.
In the ECE Department, every student is assigned a mentor during their first semester. My mentor, Dr. Bruce Jacob, has been able to help me with questions regarding classes, research, and life. Having him available to talk to if I ever need any advice has been a great help.
I would like to continue schooling and receive a graduate degree so that I can learn even more about my chosen field. Eventually going into research interests me because of the ability to do groundbreaking and extremely interesting things. Going into industry also interests me because of the ability to impact the world right away. But I know that with the education Maryland is equipping me with, I will be able to excel at whatever I end up choosing.
Although it is hard to narrow down one reason students should choose to enroll in the ECE department, the people are what make it great. Even with brand new labs, state of the art buildings, and a sterling reputation, you will not enjoy your time at school if you do not like the people you are with. I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know my classmates and professors, which makes all the difference.
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