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|Jason's Three Favorite Things about the ECE Department:
1) Teaching – The faculty and all of the undergraduate and graduate TA’s that I’ve had in EE have been very helpful and knowledgeable in the discussion classes and have helped in further understanding what was taught in the lecture.
2) Facilities – I really like the Kim Building and the way it was designed and it makes me proud that the engineering department has one of the newer buildings on campus. I also like the accessibility of the computer labs, which have full versions of all the software we would need for a class, providing a lot of hands on learning.
3) College Affiliations – Not only is the college affiliated with many of the local companies in Washington, DC and Baltimore, but the companies also show their support and confidence in our college through the internships and jobs that they provide to undergraduate and graduating students and the donations they provide to further improve our facilities.
Advice to Incoming Students:
Practice time management! Organize early and efficiently. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to have timesheets for your entire week. Basically don’t give yourself one night to do an assignment or study for a test. The more you get done earlier, the less you’ll have to panic about when due dates roll around and the more time you’ll have to yourself to discover the other aspects of engineering and Maryland outside the classroom. :)
talks about ECE @ Maryland:
"I am from Edison, NJ, a large town that continues to grow and has many different cultures. I was raised by my mother and father, who are both of Caribbean descent, and have always taught me that I have to work for what I want, and that my actions and accomplishments will speak for themselves.
What initially drew me to engineering was the love of electronics and technology. I remember when I was younger, I took apart my Playstation when it wasn’t working and tried to figure out why. Since then, I’ve always had an interest in troubleshooting and learning the inner workings of electronics.
The constant advancement of technology is what appeals to me the most in electrical and computer engineering. You always have to be informed of the latest hardware and software to be as useful as you can and I think it’s a field that will never become stagnant or boring.
As a prospective student, the facilities, faculty, and prosperity of the university were what initially attracted me to Maryland. The Jeong H. Kim Engineering Building was close to completion when I visited campus. I also liked the mentoring available to the ECE students and that fact that the school was in close competition with some of the top universities in the country.
I am currently pursuing a Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering. What interests me the most about my major is learning the inner workings of circuitry. I really enjoyed a circuits design lab I had where we were able to build and test different types of circuits. I also have a current interest in information technology because I like the prospect of not only tweaking a product for a company’s specific use, but also improving a product to make it more efficient. The versatility of the electrical engineering major allows for work in all different types of fields.
All of my friends and students have the same passion for learning as I do. We’re always involved in our work and always searching for new ways to accomplish the tasks given to us. The professors are very friendly and are always open to opinion and general conversation. Most enjoy their office hours rather than see it as a requirement and many are willing to stay and help even after office hours are over. Professor Neil Goldsman has really helped me choose and prepare for some of my earlier classes in Electrical Engineering. He was able to help me prepare for my upcoming classes through our mentor sessions and in turn, have helped me to better in those classes.
I have enjoyed all the ECE professors I’ve had because they all have been very efficient and clear in their teaching. Though the field of study is difficult, the professors here have made the learning process less stressful and more enjoyable.
Outside of the classroom, I work with the Resident Life Information Systems Unit with their student helpdesk. I also enjoy participating in Clark School Ambassadors, an engineering organization in which students volunteer to educate and present to prospective students all that the University of Maryland and the College of Engineering have to offer. I also am a member of the University Honors program and the Primannum Honor Society, a group that does various volunteer work.
I think that Maryland has made me a more confident and knowledgeable person. Whether it was through interacting with different engineers and different cultures to the CORE classes we have to take, I feel as if I have earned a greater appreciation for others and our society as a whole.
As of now, I would most likely pursue a career in information systems because I really enjoy troubleshooting and tweaking systems to make them work as well as they can. Through various problem-solving techniques and group studies and labs, the ECE department is preparing for a career of that nature."
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