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|Nick's Three Favorite Things about the ECE Department:
1) The ECE administrative staff – they’re always there to help answer any questions you have. They’re really cool people too!
2) The endless opportunities and activities. There is always something happening throughout the school year. Societies like Eta Kappa Nu, IEEE, and the ECE undergraduate student council are great ways to get involved.
3) Other students. You meet so many great people through classes and activities. Your peers are not only great resources for help with classes, but also turn out to be great people to hang out with. I’ve learned so much from my peers during my four years at Maryland.
Advice to Incoming Students:
Get involved! The university has so much to offer, outside and inside the ECE department. Try and be as well-rounded as possible. While classes are extremely important, college is also about learning about you. There’s no better way to do this then by getting involvement in diverse activities. Study hard, but have fun!
talks about ECE @ Maryland:
I grew up in Hampstead, Maryland and attended Hereford High School in northern Baltimore County. In high school, I participated in robotics club activities, math and science honor societies, and the quiz bowl team.
I was initially attracted to engineering because it heavily relies on mathematics. Seeing engineering as a way to apply math in real world problems to help improve society, I chose to major in engineering in college. I chose computer engineering because it is an emerging field with many unanswered challenging problems which are changing everyday.
I chose to come to the University of Maryland for a number of reasons. Being a public school, there are thousands of opportunities both inside and outside the classroom. Also, Maryland’s ECE department is one of the top in the country and national recognized by employers.
I am majoring in computer engineering with a minor in mathematics. I will graduate in May 2010 and plan to attend graduate school to study digital signal processing. I particularly enjoy signal processing because it matches my background strengths; there is a heavy reliance on mathematics. Signal processing will allow me to develop novel tools and algorithms which can then be applied to numerous engineering applications.
Currently, I am the treasurer of Eta Kappa Nu. I’ve been a member of the Lutheran Student Association since I was a freshman, and am now the president of the organization. I also do research with the Gemstone program. My team is examining how effective current ergonomic computer mice are at preventing injuries. I am also an avid supporter of Terps athletics and go to every home football and basketball game.
If you can think of a type of student, he/she is probably at the University of Maryland. In-state or out-of-state, male or female, international or domestic, country boy or city girl, the department has them all. Because the department is so diverse, it’s a great way to learn about other cultures and ways of life. The professors here are great too! They’re always willing to help, even outside of normal class hours. They’re really nice people too! I would describe the atmosphere as a fun learning environment. It’s clear that the primary objective is to get an education, but that doesn’t stop us from having fun while learning.
I consider myself much more diverse after attending the University of Maryland. I’ve met so many different people from so many ways of life and each one of them has a different perspective on life. Academically, I also consider myself much more diverse. The numerous academic opportunities have broadened my knowledge and helped me advance as a professional in engineering.
I have been working with Dr. Jonathan Simon since the summer of 2009 doing auditory MEG research. Dr. Simon helped inspire me to continue my studies in graduate school. He has been a great resource when making decisions about where to apply.
After earning my undergraduate degree, I will attend graduate school to study digital signal processing. I participated in the MERIT program during the summer of 2009 which was run by the ECE department. The MERIT program was a great way to participate in a signal processing research project. This experience solidified my decision to attend graduate school.
There are so many academic, social, and professional opportunities that allow you to grow as a person. It’s a great time to be a Terp!
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