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Nicole's Three Favorite Things about the ECE Department:
1.) I love the range of classes that the ECE Department requires its engineers to take throughout the course of their time in college. As a student who is unsure about what part of electrical engineering I want to pursue, it is great to have all of my options presented to me in a clear and complete fashion.
2.) The professor’s dedication to their students is a great part of the engineering program. Professors and TAs readily make themselves available when students need help understanding material. It’s great to feel that the professors truly want you to succeed.
3.) The department’s partnerships with industry are rewarding. I am constantly getting emails about job opportunities or speakers coming to campus to promote their company. It allows me to learn more about different companies and make an educated decision about where I want to work and what I want to do. It demonstrates to me the department’s dedication to helping its members succeed.
Advice to Incoming Students:
Take advantage of all opportunities to get involved with the department. The people you meet will help you reach your goals, no matter how lofty.
talks about ECE @ Maryland:
My name is Nicole and I am an Electrical Engineering
major. I'm from Calvert County, Maryland. I also spend a lot of time doing
research for the electrical engineering department and helping with the IEEE student organization.
I’m from a small town in southern Maryland. I have lived in the same house on the same street with the same friends my entire life. I went to a medium-sized high school that had some programs geared towards science and technology students.
In school I was always good at math, but I never loved the theoretical part. I was always waiting for the teacher to apply the new skill to real life. Engineering takes math and applies it to real world problems. As for the electrical aspect, I was in high school and I fell in love with circuits and programming. I wanted a major where I could do both. Electrical Engineering is that major that allowed me to do that.
As a prospective student, all I really knew was that I wanted to go to a great engineering school. The ECE Department is a highly ranked department of the A. James Clark School of Engineering. In addition to the department’s prestige, I also liked the idea of the honors program. Being able to have a smaller class size and go further in depth about important topics in electrical engineering drew me to the ECE Department at the University of Maryland.
My major is broad and allows me to have such a wide range of jobs after I graduate. Currently, I am just trying to learn as much as I can about electrical engineering as a whole to find what aspect I have a passion for.
As an ECE student I participate in undergraduate research under the guidance of Dr. Rosfjord. I have the opportunity to work on the clean room and get trained on a variety of different equipment including the sputter deposition system and MFM machine. In addition to the research, I’m also the Professional Outreach Chair for IEEE. IEEE is a great way to meet other ECE students and talk to professionals in industry and academia. Through IEEE and Leaders of ECE, I have the opportunity to volunteer at many events and help prospective students learn more about the University of Maryland.
There are many different types of students in the ECE Department but all share a passion for learning and for ECE. They are always willing to help a fellow engineer learn a new concept or study for a test. The professors that I have had in ECE have been fantastic. I have loved going to class everyday because they make the material interesting and easier to understand. The professors are always willing to assist the students in learning new concepts, and to share information about their research. The research that they do is wide-ranging and their advice is valuable. The students and the professors make the ECE Department a great place.
I’m much more confident then when I started college. Having to give presentations and work on group projects, I am becoming less shy and insecure. I’m learning how to share my ideas and listen to the ideas of others. Before college I was often afraid of having to speak in public or voice an opinion. The University of Maryland is helping me gain the confidence I need to be successful in life.
I want to be in a career that allows me to continue learning long after college has ended. The ECE Department is preparing me for whatever that career may be. The department is giving me the skills to be a professor, work in private industry, or be employed by the government. In addition to my technical skills, the department has taught me how to learn, to work in groups, and to be a leader. These skills will serve me well, no matter what career field I decide to pursue.
The electrical engineering students and faculty at the University of Maryland are fantastic. They are helpful and really want everyone to succeed. The sense of community within the department and among the friends that I have made is a valuable part of my college experience. The high caliber of the people in the department makes the electrical engineering program great.
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