Students of ECE

 

August 29, 2016

As the school year begins, take a look at what ECE students are saying about their student experience at the undergraduate, graduate, and Ph.D. levels.


Alina Rath

Alina Rath
ECE major with a minor in Business Administration

“Carnival, and more specifically buggy, is without a doubt my favorite campus tradition. I have been privileged to be a part of SDC buggy (first as a mechanic and then pusher) for 3 years now and the late night/early morning practices leading to it are so very well worth it when you see a large majority of our campus members and alumni come out to cheer on teams that compete in this unique sport that is so very niche and typical of CMU. I think it is one of CMU's larger events that actually does unite people for a common purpose and I could not imagine a carnival without the hype that is buggy!”

Hadi Amini

M. Hadi Amini
Dual-degree Ph.D. Fellow, Electrical and Computer Engineering with Carnegie Mellon University, and Computer Science and Technology with Sun Yat-sen University-CMU Joint Institute of Engineering, Guangzhou, China

“My research mainly lies on the intersection of power systems and transportation networks. My main goal is to propose a comprehensive framework which helps electric vehicle drivers to minimize their energy cost while satisfying power system constraints. Furthermore, my research will help both power and transportation networks to reach a globally-optimum operation point rather than maximizing their benefits locally. This will pave the road toward having a sustainable interdependent network of networks in future electrified transportation systems. I am taking advantage of multidisciplinary environment at Carnegie Mellon University and SYSU-CMU Joint Institute of Engineering.”

Emily Evans

Emily Evans
Recent ECE graduate

“One of the greatest advantages of being a part of CMU ECE is the amount of resources and opportunities offered to you. It’s a shame to focus so much on your classes and QPA that you don’t take advantage of all of the other amazing opportunities available to you. My advice is simple. Get involved in CMU ECE: do Build18 at least once, apply to do research, take a grad level class. Also, do things that interest you outside of ECE: go see a drama production (you can’t graduate CMU without this), take an art class, join a student org, go to a Pirates/Steelers/Penguins game. To all first-year ECEs: best of luck, you can do this!”

Ishant Dawer

Ishant Dawer
Recent ECE graduate

CMU has helped me gain confidence in the things which used to scare me earlier. I started thinking logically instead of being threatened by complex problems.”

Amanda Marano

Amanda Marano
Masters student in ECE’s IMB program

“This coming summer I am interning at Apple in Cupertino, CA, in GPU integration for iOS devices. I am really passionate about computer architecture and systems design, and I hope this experience will give me some new avenues of study when I come back for my final year at CMU in the fall. I've never been to California before, so I'm really excited to explore the bay area and see if it's a place I'd like to return to for a full-time career.”

Poolla

Chaitanya Poolla
Ph.D. student in ECE at Carnegie Mellon’s Silicon Valley campus

“My research is concerned with designing a prediction and decision-making framework for energy management in smart building power systems. The former entails the development of weather-driven prediction models for building renewable generation and occupant-driven plugload models in office buildings. And the latter provides the ability to leverage these prediction models for solving decision problems related to optimal routing of power flows and design of incentive-strategies for promoting energy efficiency. The investigation related to occupant-driven energy efficiency and in particular, understanding the role of feedback and incentives on plugload consumption is being conducted in collaboration with the NASA Ames Research Center.”

Rudina Morina

Rudina Morina
Recent ECE graduate

"Everyone that remembers me from high school, or even middle school, knows that my dream was to become a doctor. This dream was grounded in my desire to help those in need and make a difference in others' lives. I did, on the other hand, always enjoy math and being academically challenged. So I came to CMU and decided to pursue a degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering along with Biomedical Engineering as a pre-med student. As I became more immersed in the engineering world, I was fascinated at the potential of this field to make a large-scale impact. For example, last summer I was part of the Accessibility team at Google and worked on a project that helped improve the typing efficiency for people with motor disabilities. I felt so fulfilled when the product launched. I felt that the knowledge that I had gained over these past few years wasn't benefiting only me but those around me as well! It was one of the most important moments of my life. My passion has remained the same: making the world a better place. And ECE has opened so many doors and given me so many opportunities to do just that!"

Chris Smith

Christopher Smith
ECE major

“I chose ECE because I wanted an understanding of the entire spectrum of computers, from circuits to software, and everything in between. In my opinion, ECE is the best major at Carnegie Mellon because of the diversity of opportunities it offers and the depth of expertise each of those opportunities yields.”

Lisa Yan

Lisa Yan
ECE major

“ECE's rigor and flexibility allows you to excel in whichever area you choose, and prepares you well for the industry. I decided to major in ECE because I can be hands-on with electronics while developing practical software skills. My concentration in embedded systems and software has made me confident that I will love whatever I do after graduation!” 

Akshay

Akshay Kulkarni
MS ECE, 2015-2017

"I decided to attend CMU because of the stellar reputation in electrical and computer engineering, and amount of available resources for research and courses. I have learn a lot over the previous year and I have mainly overcome the fear of learning new and complex things. I love Pittsburgh because of the four distinct seasons it has to offer."