When did you know you wanted to study Computer Engineering?
I pursued a Bio/Math track in high school and wanted to be a doctor more than an engineer, but by 12th grade, all the dissections in Biology turned me off and finalized my choice of Engineering.
Are you part of any labs, clubs or organizations on campus?
Yes I am part of the ESNET Lab run by Dr. Younis.
What are you researching for your thesis?
My research area is Wireless Sensor Networks, specifically algorithms and approaches to recover a network from multi node failures efficiently using distributed approaches.
Have you had any internships?
I have interned in Samsung Electronics in 2010, working on managing Visual Display Projects related to the Hotel TV lineup.
What are your plans after graduation?
I plan to go back and work for a few years before returning to academia.
What is your dream job?
Setting up my own technical consulting firm.
On UMBC and CSEE…
What was your first impression of UMBC?
I liked the fact that everything was enclosed in a loop so it was easy to get around, and I was surprised to find that we had a nationally ranked chess team and no football team!
My first Computer Engineering course at UMBC was CMSC611: Advanced Computer Architecture taught by Dr. Younis. It is one of the most fundamental classes and was one of my most favorite and enjoyable class to date.
What was your favorite Computer Engineering Course?
I would recommend CMSC611: Advanced Computer Architecture, and CMPE640: VLSI design to anyone in the CSEE program to build a solid foundation. People that enjoy playing with numbers should definitely take CMPE 645: Computer Arithmetic Algorithms.
What do you like about the Computer Science and Electrical Engineering (CSEE) Department?
I love the fact that professors and staff are easily accessible and you can stop by to ask questions or just chat.
How would you describe the professors in the department?
They are friendly and willing to help you out outside class.
What advice would you give to incoming graduate students?
Don’t forget to have fun, despite the workload.