"I did research and it helped me get accustomed to the way a team functions while pursuing research in a organization. Not just research itself, but interacting with my research colleagues at UB gave me a glimpse of culture and work environment in the US."
Level of Study: MS '14
Hometown: Mumbai, India
Why did you choose to study electrical engineering?
I was always very fascinated with so many embedded and wireless devices around me. Right from a mobile phone to a computer, majority of the consumer devices and automobiles have electronic operation which was very interesting to observe and then work with them. This fascination and an ambition to develop something innovative really turned into a serious thought which convinced me to study electrical engineering.
Why did you choose UB?
I was inclined towards concentrating on wireless system as my major during graduate studies. This was one the main reasons why I selected University at Buffalo (UB). University at Buffalo has really good and diverse courses in the wireless communication domain of Electrical Engineering department. What really struck me about this department is the long string of professors with great teaching and research experience in their domain. Moreover, the UB 2020 program really looked very impressive and gave me a sense that I really belong to UB and there will not be a better place for me than UB to start with my graduate studies.
What are your favorite aspects of or areas of interest in EE?
My area of interest at UB was wireless communication and more so in Nano-networks operating at terahertz frequency band. I think UB has a tremendous team of professors and scholars in Wireless Communication department within EE. Additionally, there has been a great deal of research going on which is really the way to go if we were to make advancement in this field in future.
What makes UB Electrical Engineering special?
Apart from the array of points that I have mentioned about UB Electrical Engineering department regarding the professors and research, I think what makes UB EE special is the way faculty and staff made every effort to ensure that international student like me felt at home while pursuing my studies. Another notable fact about EE department is its brand new building (Barbara and Jack Davis Hall) with all modern facilities including state of the art research labs and various conference rooms to meet demands of small to large number of audiences.
Any notable memories?
I must say one of the best experiences I had during my time at UB has to be when I could defend my master thesis successfully in front of experienced professors of my department. Another proud moment which I will cherish for the rest of my life is during my convocation ceremony when I wore my academic regalia and received my graduate certificate from my departmental dean.
What career have your pursued? How did your time as a student here prepare you?
I currently reside in Michigan where I am a Research Engineer in the Advanced Multiplexing and Electrical Architecture group at Ford Motor Company. We develop high speed networking protocols for future concepts like autonomous cars. I definitely feel my time as a student at UB had a strong influence on me when I started working with Ford. Considering the fact that I did research, it helped me get accustomed to the way a team functions while pursuing research in a organization. Not just research itself, but interacting with my research colleagues at UB gave me a glimpse of culture and work environment in the US.