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|Ermin's Three Favorite Things about the ECE Department:
Maryland ECE has a strong research program, There are lots of opportunities open for undergraduate students. I have been involved in research since freshman year, and learned a lot from the experience.
2) Maryland also has lots of great faculty members, who are well recognized experts in their fields. They are very nice, willing to talk to the students about almost anything, and offer help.
3) University of Maryland has diversified programs. If one wants to learn more in other non-engineering areas, almost for sure, Maryland would have some class for him/her. I wanted to learn about finance, mathematics and German. Happily I found that all of these programs in Maryland have great ranking. And Maryland allowed me to do a triple degree with a minor, while in other schools, which I applied, they don’t allow students to have such flexibility in choosing double or triple majors.
Advice to Incoming Students:
Don’t focus solely on academic. There are lots of things to do around the area, and lots of nice people and student associations to mingle with.
talks about ECE @ Maryland:
"I’m from Suzhou, China, a small city near Shanghai, famous for its ancient gardens as well as pretty bridges and rivers. I finished 10th grade in China before I came over to the States. I skipped a grade, and then finished high school in Troy, Ohio. Because of my experience in both China and US, I appreciate diversity, and know both Chinese and US cultures.
My parents are both engineers. When I was little, I was amazed by how they could make lots of useful appliances and fix everything at home. From then on, I decided that I want to be an engineer, so that I can turn what I’ve learned from book into useful things. Computer engineering, in particular, attracted me because I have always been interested in computer related things, and enjoy programming a lot. Plus robotics is very appealing to me as well.
University of Maryland has a really pretty campus, high ranking according to U.S. News & World Report, and lots of research opportunities open for undergraduates.
I completed my B.S. degree with a triple major in Computer Engineering, Finance and Mathematics, with a minor in German Language, Literature and Culture. I specialized in controls, which utilizes mathematical knowledge and can be used in robotics and other applications.
At Maryland, I learned how to deal with various people, cultures and situations. Before attending UMD, I was first in China, surrounded by almost all Chinese people, and then I was in Troy High School in Ohio, which wasn’t as diversified as it is at Maryland. Therefore I was never exposed to such great diversity. Here at Maryland, I learned to appreciate diversity. Also Maryland has a very big and pretty campus. It is very attempting to just walk around to enjoy the prettiness, which gets me into a healthier living style.
Professor Krishnaprasad mentored me a lot along the way. I entered his lab to do research my freshman year. He was a great mentor. No matter what questions I had, he always offers good advice, such as about choosing courses, graduate school, research, future development etc.
Outside of the classroom, I was the treasurer officer for HKN Electrical and Computer Honors Society, and committee member of Finance/Investment Committee of Primannum Honor Society. Also, I interned with Windows Live Search Team at Microsoft Corp. one summer, and that was a great experience.
After graduation I enrolled in a Ph.D. program in the controls area at MIT. I always wanted to get a Ph.D. degree, since my family and the environment I grew up with emphasized higher education. Also my internship at Microsoft helped me understand how Ph.D.'s are appreciated in real world industry. But I didn’t decide in which area I wanted to specialize until I did hands-on research at UMD and recognized my interests.
As a public university, the cost for attending our school is moderate, but our school has excellent faculty members, curricular design, research opportunities, good study atmosphere and other student activities. It is selected as one of the best value schools by Princeton Review."
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