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  1. Applying for PhD program in Communication Engineering/Communication Network. I would highly appreciate any thoughts, comments, advice, and evaluation. Major: Electrical Engineering (Communication Engineering) Undergrad Education: Top university in Vietnam, 8.32/10 (Classified as Very Good, but not outstanding even when compared to my classmates, not to mention my graduation batch. I don’t know my relative ranking either.) Graduate Institution: Top engineering institution in France (CentraleSupelec – Paris-Saclay University, consistently ranks 2nd in Europe in my major according to ARWU subject ranking) Grad GPA: 17.1/20 (I guess anything above 16 in France would be considered as Highest Honors) Courses (mostly A and A+): Probability - Matrix Analysis - Optimization - Game Theory - Information Theory – Digital Communications - Multiple Access & MIMO - Resource Allocation - Wireless & AdHoc Networks - Channel Coding Research Experience: first author in 2 papers (1 in a top international conference (WCNC), 1 in a top domestic conference). Another one right now under submission (about a currently novel and hot topic in the field) Work Experience: Starting to work for Intel Vietnam from May 21 (so would be > 0.5 year experience by the time of application). Although the job is not very relevant (Quality Engineer), I hope having Intel in my CV would serve me well in the future US job market. Recommendation Letters: 2 from my research supervisors in France and Spain (strong, would play critical role to my application). 1 from my previous bachelor advisor. Will try to get at least 1 from my coursework professor in France. Hopefully 1 backup from a Vietnamese prof. in UK who I barely met through a summer school, but is well-known in the field (> 12k citations) Several prizes and awards during undergrad & grad education. Interest: Mathematical modelling of communication networks, Resource allocation, Communication networking/engineering. (Would like to work on higher layers of the OSI model) Demo: Male Asian Test: 324 GRE (156 V – 168 Q – 4.0 W), 7.5 IELTS (Speaking 6.5 only) End goal is an industry job in the US, and I am very unlikely to apply for any non-US school. PhD Program Considering: Pennsylvania State (PSU) Ohio State (OSU) Arizona State (ASU) Virginia Tech (VT) Cornell Univ. UT Austin Univ. of Virginia (UVa) Univ. of Southern Calif. UMich Columbia Univ. ASU would be my safe choice since I have a slight connection with one Professor here, thus he could pick me with ease. My dream schools are PSU, OSU and UT Austin because of the excellence of my target professors’ research, and their research topics are cool as well. Currently my concerns are: Is one safe school too few? Should be 2, 3 or 4? Can VT be considered a safe choice in my case? Are those dream schools out of my league? Our should I target even better universities? I still have much time until the application season, should I invest it on improving my test scores or anything else? Are there any programs here which don't sound like a great fit with my interests and profile, or any not listed here which could be a fit? Many thanks!
  2. Hello, I have received an admit from ECE CMU and ECE Georgia Tech. My interest lies in computer architecture, FPGAs, digital design and hardware acceleration. I feel the course of CMU is better than Georgia Tech. But I am confused whether ECE CMU really worth spending extra 30K USD? At Georgia, I will have a better opportunity of getting an RA or TA. At CMU, program is professional masters while at Georgia I have an option to choose Thesis . I request you to please provide a better comparison of two programs from the perspective of my technical interests. Any help is appreciated.
  3. Hi, Has anyone here heard from Georgia Tech MS ECE program in nanotechnology track? Recently there were a string of admits but none of them seemed to be from Nanotechnology track. I was curious as to the difference in timelines for issuing admits to various tracks within ECE. Any information on this would be helpful. Thanks!
  4. Did anyone receive the acceptance/rejection notification of Vanderbilt ECE Ph.D. for Fall 2021 ?
  5. Hi guys, I hope everybody is doing great. I was wondering if anybody got a decision for PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering program at the University of Pittsburgh? One of the schools I applied to, is the University of Pittsburgh, and I had a positive interview with one of the faculty members. Thanks.
  6. Starting this topic because I couldn't find an existing one! Has anyone heard back from CMU regarding MS in ECE for Fall 2020 cycle ?
  7. Hey everyone! I have to select from UT Dallas and CU Boulder for an MS in Electrical Engineering program for Fall 2020. I'm interested in Analog/RFIC design research. I plan on doing a thesis during my MS, but not sure if I'll continue with a Ph.D. right after. I also have other admits from UFL and Virginia Tech(M.Engg in Comp Engg) and I'm expecting to get into ASU as well. CU Boulder An established good-ranking program with well-known faculty members like Zoya Popovic, Dejan Filipovic and Dragan Maksimovic. Potential thesis advisors: Taylor Barton, Zoya Popovic for RF Power amplifiers. Many students get TA opportunities or grader work, so there will be some form of financial assistance; haven't received any scholarship yet (low chance). Costs about $60k for a year. Has a small class size; I've seen a few alumni at companies like Qorvo and Skyworks, but that's about it. I think many people go into defense jobs from here (which as an international student, I obviously can't get). Some students move out of Colorado for internships. Boulder is one of the best places to live, definitely better than Dallas. But it isn't surrounded by major industrial hubs apart from a few companies in Denver and Longmont. UT Dallas Comparatively, a newer institution. (Overshadowed by UT Austin and TAMU ?). The program isn't ranked among the best in general but is pretty good from what I can see. One of the major attractions for me is TxACE. Potential thesis advisors: Kenneth K. O (not sure if he advises for MS), Yun Chiu. I have no idea about funding opportunities or assistantships here, but a brief look at LinkedIn profiles show that students do get it. It does have large class size though so again chances will depend accordingly. No scholarship as of now but I think they do offer some amount to students before joining. Costs about $50k for a year. Texas has a ton of companies in this field. Many of the alumni are in Apple, Qualcomm, Intel, Qorvo, Skyworks e.t.c. Also, Texas Instruments hires and invests a lot in UTD. On the whole, job prospects look better here. I'd like if y'all could compare these with respect to job scenarios as they are important for me being an international student. TLDR CU= better rankings, great place to live, well-known profs and program. Not much industry around, costly. UTD= Lower rankings, decent program and courses, TxACE and great industrial presence, cheaper than CU. Thanks.
  8. I'm a student of Electrical Engineering at Jadavpur University, India. My profile being as follows, please indicate if my research experience would outweigh my pretty average GPA : GRE: 323(160v+163q) TOEFL iBT: 107 CGPA: 8.2 /10 Research Experience: 4 Separate research projects : 1 in condensed matter physics, 2 in Optics , and 1 in High Voltage EM computation. Publications: 1 Publication in Frontiers in Physics ( impact 1.89) on condensed matter physics ( jointly first-authored ),1 pending Publication in SPIE photonics ( submitted for review ) Schools I am considering: I am primarily interested in gaining a good understanding of Electronics and Photonics with Optics. Hence both ECE courses in some univs and Exclusively Photonics masters courses match : European Masters in Photonics at UGent + VUB Europhotonics Masters degree programme MSc at Imperial College London Masters at UCL EE at UMICH ECE MS at UIUC ECE at Georgia Tech ECE at UCSD EE at UCLA Optics master at Univ of Rochester MS in Optics at Univ. of Arizona MS programme, CREOL, UCF Abbe School of Photonics, Jena, MSc MSc in photonics in Univ of Jena Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, MSc Masters of Light science and Tech, Univ Bordeaux. Mc Gill University MS EE As you can see I seemingly have a large number of choices of varying difficulties. Please help me cut down the list by difficulty. Any Insight on Good courses in ECE that suit my profile and I might have missed would help too. Thanks.
  9. Hey everyone, I realize this is a bit late in the game, but I was wondering if anyone could review my statement of purpose for my electrical engineering PhD application. I'm interested in computer architecture/networking fields. Of course I can review others' SOP in return Hope to hear from you all. Thanks!
  10. What will be the ranking for photonics- Caltech, Princeton, Cornell, UCB, UoMich, UIUC, Gatech, Purdue, UCLA, UCSB
  11. Hi, I'm an embedded software engineer working in the wireless networking domain at one of the leading semiconductor companies in the world. After working here for more than 2 years (~27 months), I have decided to pursue an MS in Computer Engineering. CGPA: 6.67/10 (It might translate to a GPA of around 2.8-2.9) in Electrical and Electronics Engineering. GRE: 163Q/160V/4.0W (I am retaking the GRE again next month for a higher Quant score) TOEFL: 110 (Will be writing it next month. I got a 110 3 years ago but the scores aren't valid anymore). I addition to the above, I've received 4 awards from my team leads for working on some critical areas. I've submitted a paper in an internal company conference (not sure if this would matter in my applications since the work is completely proprietary to the company - so I may not be able to elaborate on it). I also have research experience as a summer research intern at one of the best research institutes for high performance computer architecture, here in India. The problem is that I wasn't particularly consistent in scoring during my undergraduate because of some issues beyond my control. In fact, except for a slight kink (upwards) in my progress during my third year of undergrad, I pretty much took a dive. I applied to grad school right out of college (~2017) and got rejected from all the 7 colleges I applied to. After some careful deliberations, I have come to the conclusion that it may be have been attributed to more than a couple of shortcomings from my applications: Not a strong enough recommendation or statement of purpose. GRE score (I had a 315 (159Q/156V/3.5W) back then) GPA (most obvious defect) Slightly ambitious college choices. Would the profile above be able to offset my GPA shortcoming and give me a short at some good colleges? Graduate studies is an expensive proposition for me. So, I would only be motivated to move forward if I were to get into a college with a strong standing among academic and professional institutions.
  12. Nationality/Race : Indian Major : Electrical and Electronics engineering GPA : 8.28/10 (from a T20 college in India) GRE : 163Q 155V 4.5AWA 1 patent publication (final examination pending) 1 conference paper (might be able to get in another one) 1 journal paper which should be in review by the time I start applying for programs SOP : Should be fine except for the fact that I would be stating that a PhD would be my end goal even though I'm applying for MS programs now LoRs : 2 should be very strong(having worked with both professors for over a year) with 1 being moderate I've done multiple side projects but I do not know how much they would add to my profile 2.5 months of work experience although it's different from the programs I'm looking to apply to I want to know if I'm competitive enough for t30 USNews ECE programs (in VLSI) for MS (or) PhD
  13. I applied for the PG Diploma of communication engineering at Memorial university and their website says a decision is usually made after 6 - 8 weeks.. well, 2 months have passed and I heard nothing, did anybody get an acceptance for the same program
  14. Hello, I received offers from CU Boulder and NCSU in MS Electrical Engineering and now deciding what to choose. My area of interest are analog circuits, devices, RF/Microwave. Especially, I like practical side of learning, to clarify I like to create meaningful devices rather than write paper. Moreover, I expect to improve my skills in using instruments and CAD programs. Both schools seems solid in these aspects, but I was unable to find more detailed information from real engineers. Location and city are also important. I heard that Boulder prohibits expansion, so is it hard to find apartment (condo) in good condition, 1bd (or studio) with washing machine in unit ? About Raleigh I have not much information. P.S. I am still waiting answer from UCLA but chances are close to zero, so it is probably better even not to wait them because deadline is approaching.
  15. Hi everyone,I shortlisted the schools down to UIUC and CMU but can't decide on which to attend. My future plans is to stay in academia with postdocs at top schools (perhaps at MIT or Stanford) but I don't want closed doors to the industry. Here are the good vs bad things about both of these schoolsUIUCGood: The PI is highly reputed very famous in contro&gamel theory. The school is also ranked higher in ECE (US News). Very strong faculty members. In addition, I will be working on multi-agent reinforcement learning which I am quite interested in.Bad: I am not quite sure if this would be a criterion when choosing grad schools but Urbana-Champaign is in the middle of nowhere, isolated by cornfields in every direction. I am coming from a big city so I am not sure if I can get used to such a small and isolated place. Another drawback is that the PI's research is very theoretical which I am fine with but students in the lab told me that I will be closing my chances of working in the industry. Finally, PI is very senior so that means I will be doing most of the work.CMUGood: Compared to UC, Pittsburgh is a more vivid and bigger city. CMU is also very great for its school of CS and PI(s) there are also affiliated to the ML department. Being private school can also be regarded as something positive. The stipend is also much better. I will be doing machine learning, optimization, and signal processing if I attend CMU.Bad: PI(s) are assist/assoc professors and they are way less reputed compared to the PI in UIUC. Rankings CMU ECE is lower compared to UIUC. Final remarks: I like the research and the academic environment in UIUC but I have concerns about living in Urbana-Champaign. CMU is very good at CS but I am tempted to work with a famous yet senior professor. I am open to any comments/views/ideas about these schools.Thanks and good luck to everyone!
  16. I have gotten admission offers from both UCLA and UCSD for MS in ECE. UCLA is for Signals and Systems track, and UCSD is for Communication Theory. As evident from the MS specialisation, I am interested in Signals & Systems and Communication Theory. I feel course wise both schools are at par. I am interested in knowing how are the prospects of finding internships are jobs henceforth. If anyone had a similar choice to make, what and why did you choose one over another?
  17. So I am deciding between UCSD and Purdue for my graduate study (ECE). Here are some of my own analysis: UCSD Better internship/job opportunities Better location. In CA near Silicon Valley Sunshine beaches seals!!! Better overall reputation Purdue Better chance to receive funding Easier to transfer to PhD program (Slightly) better ranking in ECE Cheaper living expenses I'm positive to continue pursuing a PhD after MS study, so if just considering chance of admission to PhD program I'd vote for Purdue since I was told by UCSD admission office that chance of transfering to PhD program is rare. However, I visited SD in March and I LOVEEEE that city! I already spent four years in midwest and I'm not so much a fan of it. If I ended up finishing my MS and hopefully PhD in Purdue, that's gonna be six years, and I honestly don't know if I can handle another six-year cold and snowy weather. Neither promised me with funding but seems that chance of receiving funding is better in Purdue. Open to all ideas/comments/suggestions. --------------------------Some Add-ons---------------------- UCSD track: Robotics, Intelligence and Control Purdue track: Signal Processing UCSD has limitations on course registrations outside my track while Purdue does not.
  18. Hello everyone, I have received admits from both DUke and NCSU. In Duke I have been offered MS in ECE whose cost is $77,000 for one academic year but the program rank is in top 20's according to USNEWS. The other admit is from NCSU for MS in Computer Engineering. Now, though the rank of the program is in top 40's but the program cost is $45,000 ish. Living expenses are similar due to them being close to each other. I am in a dilemma, whether to go for the better program with high cost, for which I will be taking loans or to go for the low price and okayish program. Also, Duke has a very strong alumnus and reputation. It's ECE program offers various software courses of my interest. My question basically is that which University is better in terms of placement? In which University will I get better returns?(keeping in mind the cost of the programs) If you guys have more points that I should take into consideration, kindly feel free to post it. Thank you
  19. Hi everyone, just decided to create a thread for McGill ECE Grad Applicants as I didn’t see a dedicated one for that. So feel free to add any input.
  20. Hi Y'all Looking at the lack of dedicated threads for EE/ECE and Computer Engineering students/prospective-grads to share their admits/applications/interviews information, I wanted to create a separate topic for it in which all of us prospective grad students can contribute, share our admit/interview experiences for the benefit of all. This would get a dialogue started where hopefully all of us can learn and contribute something.
  21. Physics major applying to electrical engineering. Got two offer letters. 1) UPenn ESE PhD: Advisor assigned. This advisor is talented but young, there are only two phd students in his lab (although there are lots of masters and undergraduates). Research interest is 2D materials and device physics, which I have done for 2 years. I am afraid that I need to take lots of physics courses because of need. Reputation. UPenn is a prestigious school and is part of Ivy League, I guess its reputation is way better than gatech. Please point it out if I am being wrong. However, UPenn's engineering ranking is not as good as gatech. 2) Gatech ECE PhD Advisor NOT assigned. I can choose from 100 professors. It is general admission so I can study whatever I like. I am excited to try some computational research instead of experimental research (I have done it for 2 years). I can study robotic, control theory, complex network.. In short, whatever I like. I can take math courses and computer science courses. However, I do not know the reputation of gatech. I assume it is not bad in engineering but is it as good as UPenn? or better? Very good ranking in engineering and robotic. I have to decide in two days.. It is really a dilemma to me..
  22. Hello everyone, I have been having trouble lately matching my profile with potential MS ECE programs and would greatly appreciate it if anyone could help me with shortlisting potential MS programs to apply to. I aim to apply mostly to universities in Canada and Europe, basically anywhere but the US (as I won't be able to take the GRE in time). I am also mainly looking for research/thesis based degrees, and preferably RA/TA funded degrees. My profile: Undergrad: B.Sc. ECE from an unknown institution internationally, but known regionally and undoubtedly one of the best nationally, Score: 83%. Research Interest: Electromagnetics and optics. IELTS: 9. Publications: 1 Accepted international conference paper in my field of interest. Research Experience: A few undergrad RA experiences/internships (summer internships during undergrad). I have been working as an RA for the last few months, potentially a couple more publications are in the works. Which Canadian/European/Australian/Asian universities can I target with this profile for example for a funded research based MSc. degree? I don't want to waste time and money applying to prestigious institutions where I have no chance, so I would like to know where my 'level' is so to speak. I am an EU citizen if that makes any difference. Would really appreciate any feedback, please let me know if any extra info is needed. TIA .
  23. Hello guys, I got accepted into ECE MEng at UIUC and CS MS at UCSD. I wonder which programs will help me more in my future career. I have good background in CS and already got an internship in big company this summer. Could you please share your suggestions and reasons? Many thanks.
  24. So which of the two is better? MS ECE in NCSU vs MEng ECE Virginia Tech. I chose these mainly for embedded systems, but in a dilemma now. Course wise NCSU is spread out while Virginia tech is specific to certain areas but both are good in heir own way. Please suggest tips on how to proceed or suggest which school to choose. It would also great if someone told about each of the programs at these schools in general.
  25. I'm an international student waiting to hear from McGill, Ottawa, Queens and Waterloo. I have applied for a researched based masters program in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) with a specialization in Computer Vision. My application was done somewhat in a rush (under 8 weeks). I also didn't realize that contacting professors is necessary to get into a research based program so I'm somewhat skeptical I will get in. My profile is: GPA: 82% (First Class) from a UK university. Every university seems to make their own equivalency but my guess is it ranges from 3.7 to 4.0. Research Experience: I do not have any formal research experience unless we count my project in my Bachelors. I do, however, have extensive work experience (6 years) in the specialization I am seeking (Computer Vision) which I elaborate on in my SOP. It is extremely difficult for me to gain research experience before the next cycle due to 1) my job 2) next to no opportunities in the country I live in. Letters or Recommendation: Very strong (I think). However, the culture of writing letters in the UK is very different compared to what is expected in North America. The letters are brief and mention my ability to take on a graduate degree and that I was a good student. One letter is from my advisor for first 2 years of my degree and another is from the head of department. 3rd letter is from my employer. No GRE. SOP: Strong, elaborates on my work in the past 6 years. Question: how can I make my profile stronger for the next cycle?
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