MEET THE STUDENTS
|Victoria's Three Favorite Things about the ECE Department:
1) Friendly, knowledgeable and good professors
2) The Jeong H. Kim Building
3) The amazing people I met through classes, and all the friends I made—University of Maryland's ECE department offers so much in all aspects. I'm just really glad I chose ECE at UMD.
Advice to Incoming Students:
My advice is to get experience, whether it is in a campus lab doing research for a professor, an internship or co-op. It's one thing to excel at the books, but it takes something more to take the extensive knowledge you have from your courses and apply it to the world around you. Make the most of your time at Maryland, so get out there and be proud to be a TERP!
talks about ECE @ Maryland:
"I studied electrical engineering at Maryland, with a concentration in controls. My Gemstone honors research team, Medical Error Reduction through Information Technology (MERIT), worked on developing a software product to be used in clinics and hospitals for improving the quality of patient care. The team presented and defended our thesis, a culmination of four years of research and development. I was also involved in the Hinman CEOs Program, a living-learning entrepreneurship program, learning how to start technology ventures and more about the business world. Using our Gemstone project as a company idea, we won second place in the MTECH Business Plan Competition.
One thing I learned through my student experience is the importance of a strong technical background in conjunction with a business-savvy aptitude. It has proven to be a catalyst in making opportunities for my undergraduate career at UMD and beyond.
I think the most important aspect of college is to take every chance and opportunity and learn to capitalize on it. Every day is so full of potential, every success can be attributed to taking up a new challenge, reaching a little further, trying a little harder. The coursework is challenging, but I learned something new every day and won't ever regret choosing this path. Whether you wish to join a company after earning an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering or continue on in graduate school, the name University of Maryland Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering means a lot, especially when backed with a strong undergraduate curriculum, the great professors, and the best and brightest students.
Also, it is important to have a good work-life balance and be involved in other things. As hard and time-consuming as school may be, it it critical to get out there and live life outside the walls of the classroom and lab. University of Maryland has so many great athletics, clubs and groups to join. I interned at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, NIST and Cisco Systems in San Jose (Silicon Valley), California. The opportunities are so great for us ECE students, top companies know our name and recruit at UMD, and it's important to capitalize on that!
Outside of the classroom, I was a huge sports fan -- whether rooting for the Redskins, Capitals, Orioles or TERPS. With great cities such as Baltimore and Washington, DC a few miles away, there was always a range of activities to get involved in off campus. I enjoyed running, golf, tennis and working out -- all of which UMD has great facilities for. As an active member of Gemstone, I taught multiple Gemstone classes and served on the student council as secretary. I also was an Undergraduate Teaching Fellow for ENES100, Introduction to Engineering Design. Last but not least, I spent plenty of time with my friends and family.
After graduating, I joined Booz Allen Hamilton, the top technology consulting firm nationwide. I was very excited to use the technical and business skills that I learned at UMD and apply them in the 'real world.'"
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