Class of '20
1. What did you study within the ECE Department?
I studied Electrical Engineering with a concentration in Microelectronics.
2. What is your current position, what are your responsibilities, and how did the ECE Department at UTD prepare you for your career?
I am a member of the Integrated Circuit Design team at Maxim Integrated where I am involved with the entire design process of Mixed-Signal IC’s from start to finish. My time with UTD’s ECE Department familiarized me with the tools and concepts that I use daily in the industry, as well as the ability to adapt to new technologies as industry advances. I met representatives of the company at the university’s career fair which led to this job. I can’t stress enough how important it is to go to those.
3. Tell us about your experience with the IEEE Student Chapter.
I became involved as a tutor at the start of my junior year and immediately fell in love with the organization. I took a head tutor role for 3 semesters until I graduated which gave me the opportunity to work directly with professors to offer additional resources, such as test reviews, to students for learning and practicing concepts from the classroom. Tutoring gave me an opportunity to keep familiar with some topics that were covered in earlier courses and showed me that there is often more than one method to solve a problem.
4. Why should prospective students choose the ECE Department?
At UTD’s ECE Department, you will find a staff with plenty of experience, who can offer great advice for any stage of your career. There are also plenty of opportunities to network with companies held by the university as the DFW area has a plethora of companies looking for engineers.
5. As you move into your professional career, what is one thing you learned at UTD that will stick with you as you go through your career?
I am collaborating with Laleh Behjat of the University of Calgary. We are investigating machine learning for computer-aided design (CAD). Our team published a paper last year at the first conference for machine learning in CAD (MLCAD).
Focus more on why things work than if things work. If you focus more on the “why”, you’ll be more confident on the “if”.
6. What advice would you give to current students?
Follow your dreams.