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  1. Hello, Sorry for bothering you guys with questions but my question this time might be a little bit complicated. I was admitted to systems, networks and communication track at a top 10 EE program (graduate school ranking). Also, the program I am admitted to is MS/PhD bound program. My professor would like to be my research advisor if I choose to stay for Ph.D. The professor is one of the top professors in the wireless communication area. However, I am not sure what will be my specific interest for Ph.D. study yet. I am interested in system optimization, wireless communication and signal processing as an undergrad research assistant, but I prefer to learn more about the area and decide what I will devote to for my Ph.D. study later. Also, I am planning to apply for a better school(MIT, Standford, UC Berkeley, and Caltech) after learning more as a graduate student, because these schools have a better reputation in wireless communication, systems, signal processing as well as the whole EE area. However, I feel hesitate to do so since I don't want to miss out such a good professor. Moreover, MIT is my dream school and I feel really upset whenever I think about that I might never have a chance to be an MIT student if I choose to stay in my school. I feel like the thoughts I have now are immature and not like an adult. But I really don't know what I should choose and hope you might want to give me some advice. Thank you so much for your time.
  2. Hey! So which is the better university for masters in communication theory and systems? UCLA or UCSD? TIA
  3. Hi everyone First post. I am senior EE undergrad student specialized in photonics, currently in the process of looking for graduate programs (mainly masters programs) to apply to next year. I recently came across the MONBUKAGAKUSHO:MEXT scholarship and am very interested in pursuing a masters degree from the University of Tokyo. My problem is that I can't find much information about the structure of the EE masters program at U.Tokyo online, or at least not in English. I have read somewhere (one of the few scraps of info I've come across) that it is very research based, with almost no taught component (courses). Is this true? And does anyone have any information on the program (Tokyo EE masters) in general? Is anyone here currently enrolled in the University of Tokyo (in any grad or masters program)? Any info or useful links? Thanks
  4. Hello, I am electrical engineering major and My GPA is 2.65/4.0 My GRE score is V:145, Q:158 AW: 3.5. I applied about 17 schools, and I already got 4 rejects... The rank of schools varies from top 20 to top 100. Could you recommend any schools that I could get an acceptance letter possibly? Thank you.
  5. Hello everyone. I have been accepted to two really great physics schools for my Ph.D. - MIT and Princeton. However, the admission to MIT is through the EECS department’s applied physics route while Princeton is just traditional physics (I also applied to MIT’s physics program but have not heard back from them. Considering all the acceptances that were sent out on Friday, I will assume that I have been rejected). My area of focus at the current moment is experimental condensed matter (CME) and quantum computing (QC). In this respect, MIT is stronger, but I am anxious about how the decision might affect a career path in academia. Ultimately, I want to be a professor of physics somewhere. I do NOT want to be a professor of engineering (I don’t have anything against engineers, I just would prefer to teach pure physics topics over engineering topics). Consequently, I don’t want an applied physics degree if it is going to significantly hurt my chances of getting a great physics postdoc or teaching position in the future, even if the degree is from MIT. I should also mention that I’m not entirely set on CME/QC - I very much enjoy these topics and most of my experience is in these areas, but I also have interests elsewhere. In particular, atomic physics (AMO, both experimental and theoretical) as well as condensed matter theory (CMT) seem fascinating to me. It does not seem likely that, if I were to do applied physics at MIT, I would be able to study theory. I’m sure I could squeeze in experimental AMO though. On the other hand, Princeton excels in theory altogether. As a disclaimer, I do not yet know of all of the academic restrictions at MIT’s applied physics route. That is, I don’t know whether or not I would be allowed to take pure physics courses (e.g., E&M, quantum, QFT if I go into CMT, etc) as an EECS student. This probably doesn’t matter too much if I go into experiment, but I better have access to these classes if I decide to go into theory (assuming I can even work with theorists as an EECS student). Lastly, I don’t know anything about how happy Princeton’s graduate students are versus MIT’s graduate students are, but this is obviously a big factor into where I go (how will I be able to do great research if I’m miserable?) Thank you you in advance for helping me come to a decision!
  6. Hello everyone. Hope this get answered. I was accepted to both UC Davis and the university of Washington for an M.S. in electrical engineering. I am an international student, and till now I didn't receive any words regarding funding. I am interested in communication and signal processing fields, mainly wireless communications' structure. At first, I was leaning towards the university of Washington, but reading more about each university's research and labs made me hesitant. From what I read, UW communication research field is not as robust as UC Davis, and by that I mean UC Davis department focus matches more with my own. UW EE department seems more focused on robotics, data acquisition and analysis, and electrical properties of materials. Apart from the research and academic aspects, both Seattle and Davis have their distinct appeals. Seattle, I think, has the perfect city vibe and strong companies presence. Davis on the other hand sounds like a great safe college town. Again, I am an international student, so sadly I cant visit campuses and compare departments, surroundings, supervisors, etc. Can someone please help me decide which program to attend? I would greatly appreciate if someone could double check the department research focuses I mentioned above for UW and UC Davis. Which one would you choose as an international masters' EE student, with focus on communications? Thank you all and good luck with your applications.
  7. GradSchoolEEApplicant

    CSE / EE Online Masters Schools

    Hello, I'm wondering if anyone has an idea of which schools have CSE and/or EE masters programs that have less of a focus on an applicant's research background and more of a focus on things like employability, salary, and GRE. Particularly masters programs that can be completed mostly or entirely online. My situation generally is this- I'm a patent lawyer looking to improve my technical background by getting a masters. I initially took the GRE on very short notice and got an annoying split (for someone looking to do engineering) of 162Q / 163V / 5.5. For the purposes of this question lets assume I can bump Quant. to about 165 to the extent that would help. I have some pre-law school engineering experience but have no interest in doing any research. It would seem to me that masters programs which can be completed online wouldn't have any reason to care about that, but I really have no idea and there seems to be an emphasis on research experience for master's programs generally. So any info people could offer on specific schools which might be known for valuing GRE scores, employability, or having a diverse class from a professional background perspective would be greatly appreciated. Also any info on whether there is a known difference with online programs (particularly non-thesis ones) and what they value. Thank you.
  8. Hello everyone! I applied PhD programs for 3 Canadian universities, U of Toronto, UBC and U of Alberta. None of them gave me any information up to now. For universities in US, if one doesn't heard from the universities by now, the chances of getting in would seem very slim. Is that the same case for Canadian universities?
  9. Hi! USC M.S. in wireless healthcare technology, and BU just general EE. Couldn't find a lot of information for the wireless healthcare specialization, seems interesting. is it easy to switch track once at USC? Also interested in their Multimedia & creative technology track. I want to learn more signal processing & machine learning and combine with a little biomedical stuff. Also, I don't really know Boston or LA. Which would be better place for finding jobs after? two years is pretty short. Boston feels like has more tech jobs? Idk lol Thanks!
  10. Hey, I have struggled on this for around one month - which Ph.D. program I should attend. I am admitted to both EE at Columbia and BME at Yale. Both of the program focusing on the neural signal processing. The Columbia one is more "circuit heavy" which focusing on the circuit design for neural stimulation and acquisition. The Yale one is more traditional - brain mapping and neuroimaging, which would more focus on signal processing and actual understanding of the neural pathway. Both projects have parts that I love and parts I don't love - most likely half and half: I love the idea of neural stimulation and acquisition through circuit but I would like to spend my Ph.D. in understanding the neural pathway behind it. I know Yale's engineering program is not that good but I do not know what is the situation actually (how bad/good) looks like compared to Columbia. I would appreciate any advice/suggestion/comment. Any of those would be really helpful for me :-)
  11. Hey everyone So i've gotten admits from University of Southern California (USC) and University of Wisconsin Madison (UWM) for electrical engineering. My primary focus would be on power electronics as I want to pursue my career in the electric vehicle industry. Which is a better university and why? Thanks in advance!
  12. Background: - Older graduate student (30+) with family - Have plenty of savings from industry experience - Desired postgraduate employment - national lab/academia/industry lab Here are the different criteria I need to consider: Quality of Project: Michigan: A little outside my area of interest, but a hot topic at the moment. Wisconsin: Has two projects with two different PIs that are great matches for me. Mentorship: Michigan: Younger professor, but has put out some highly cited papers in last couple of years. Wisconsin: One is a younger professor and the other is a member of the national academies. The senior professor has great contacts in industry and government labs. Funding: Michigan: RA for the duration of the project - 3 years Wisconsin: First year fellowship and RA thereafter *** - After factoring in fees and insurance, Michigan offers is $5k/year more. Time to Degree: Michigan: 4 years likely Wisconsin: 3-3.5 year likely *** - This is important because my spouse's career is going to take a beating in the Midwest. Spouse's Career: Michigan: Can likely get a Visiting Assistant Professor or Visiting Fellow gig. Wisconsin: Nothing as prestigious available since spouse's field of specialization is not offered here. Quality of Life: We like both cities equally, but family is half as far away from Wisconsin compared to Michigan.
  13. Hi, I have the following admits and I am highly confused as to what should I choose, 1. Gatech - MS ECE 2. UT Austin - MS ECE: ICS track 3. UCLA - MS EE: Circuits and Embedded Systems 4. Columbia - MS EE (nikola tesla scholar) My interests are in VLSI design(preferably digital) with a few courses in analog and Computer architecture. I have not received any funding with my invite. RAship and TAship may be a possibility, but nothing currently. Can some who has info about these universities list out the merits and demerits of each program and school and help me choose the right option TIA
  14. I applied for 6 programs, 3 in US and 3 in Canada. I received nothing but one rejection up to now, not even an interview. Is there still hope? Or I should assume a total fiasco and make the run to the contingency plan? So anxious!!! The rejection is from Stanford. NCSU, NEU, U of Toronto, UBC and U of Alberta still silence. Sometimes I even suspect I didn't submit them right. Are there anyone else in this kind of situation? It's driving me crazy.... Anyone?
  15. Hi everyone! I have a question about campus visit. Here the thing, I applied for NEU for a phd program in ee, couple of weeks ago I received email invitation for a campus visit. I was so busy with my thesis defense that time and I did't reply, after I'm done with my defense, I found out that the campus visit date has passed. I emailed the director and got nothing. So does it have bad influence on my application? Cause I haven't heard back from them since then...
  16. I really don't understand the process anymore. I am an international student in EE and where I am from the PhD starts by selecting a supervisor/Lab who is willing to take you. Then you apply (which is basically guaranteed if your intended supervisor approved) in the US, everything is in reverse! First you have to get accepted to the program. Only then do you start with the selection of a supervisor, but nothing is guaranteed! I may have wanted to work with Prof. X but end up working with Prof. Y?! Can someone explain the logic behind this process?
  17. I was admitted to UCSD ECE BSMS program(my undergrad is at UCSD) and UT Austin ECE (ICS track) Master(to be followed by PhD). I am wondering which school is better in terms of VLSI, digital and analog integrated circuits? I am also confused by the admission term "master( to be followed by PhD)" of UT Austin. Is it master or PhD? If I cannnot find a supervisor, does it mean it is just a master program? Also, anyone from UT Austin ECE knows how hard it is to find a supervisor/internship?
  18. Undergrad Institution: A University of California Major(s): Bioengineering / Biomedical Engineering Minor(s): Electrical Engineering and Political Science GPA in Major: 2.60 Overall GPA: 2.54 Length of Degree: 4 years Type of Student: Domestic, Black male. Degrees Applying for: MS in EE (where research interests align) or MS in BioE/BME GRE Scores: Not taken yet Research Experience: Undergraduate Researcher in Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering Lab. I worked on two projects here, one of them analyzing ketamine as an anti-depressant (effectiveness and side-effects) and the other is real time "mind reading" through miniature microscopic imaging and mathematic computation. Two tentative authorships should come out of this. 2 presentations. 15 hrs/week. Took a lot of personal ownership on the projects I had, and felt genuinely very interested in learning more about the more electrical engineering side of this field (Signal Processing, Neuroengineering, and MEMS). By the time applications are in, I will be in this lab for 1.5 years. Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Academic scholarships UROP Grants 3 Dean's Lists. Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Senior Design Project: Will be related to Microfluidic Health Diagnostic Devices or Embedded Drug Delivery Device. Internship at major medical device and pharmaceutical company. Any Miscellaneous Information that Might Help: Campaigned for and established a food pantry on campus to fight food insecurity. It secured funding for next 10 years. The project started at the end of freshman year, and I will be seeing it through to the end. Have tutored STEM concepts and been a part of many efforts to recruit African-descent, Latino, and women into STEM. (summer camps, tutoring, volunteering, mentoring, etc.) Difficult life circumstances -- had to work 35 hrs/wk. Many family deaths (6+), increased responsibilities at home (tutoring, cooking, picking up brother), and more I'd rather not get into. Because of this, I have a huge upward trend in my more recent grades, and I hope to do well with the 3 remaining quarters before application season ends. I am here to ask two questions: I have two letters of recc in mind already -- one from the PI of my lab and one from a professor I took an upper division class with. The upper division class relied heavily on class I'd done poorly in. The class and research the professor conducts are related to my research interests, and I got an excellent grade in it. For my last one, I could ask the dean of my school, since we've worked together before multiple times doing recruitment, retention, and other events, and he knows me in a professional (but not academic) capacity. The reason I am a little hesitant is that I don't think he knows me as well as the PI for my lab and the upper div professor who's class I did well in. I can also ask my manager for the internship, but again, he only knows me in a professional capacity. Should I try to make a good impression with the 6 more biomedical engineering professors whose classes I will take, and ask one of them? Who should I ask for my third letter of rec? I know my numbers don't stack up against the average applicant. What are some EE MS programs I should be looking at, considering my stats? I want to study EE so I get more classes about signal processing and computation so I could study BCI's, signal processing, and neuro-engineering with a more solid base in coding and data structures. I have a few programs in mind, but I truly don't think I will stack up against the competition with the average applicants at those, honestly. Thanks for your help, and I appreciate the honesty and advice.
  19. This is a tad premature seeing as I have not been accepted to Maryland yet, but I am curious if I am missing something here. My research over the last couple of years has focused on developing components for integrated plasmonic devices. I hope to stay in this field or closely related fields in graduate school (integrated photonics/quantum optics). I am fortunate enough to have been accepted to Purdue (fellowship) and UIUC (RA). I am seriously considering only one other school - the University of Maryland. So here's my question - UIUC unquestionably has a better reputation than the other schools in general, but it seems like a really weak choice for my interests. Aside from Kwait at UIUC, no one else seems to have a group churning out research on the level (as measured by the imperfect Google Scholar h-index) of Shalaev/Boltasseva/Bermel/Weiner/Qi or Waks/Hafezi/Munday/Murphy. Plus, Purdue comes with all the resources behind its Purdue Quantum Center and Maryland has the Joint Quantum Institute. I am open to an academic career but I am by no means gunning for it. UIUC is the odd man out, right? It sounds stupid when I say it out loud, but I think this is right. This is obviously a different calculation if I was biased toward electronic devices/semiconductors. Any advice will be appreciated. - Entangled
  20. nixipixi

    Will this torture end?

    To the gods of admission committees, please put us out of our misery! (not to be petty, an unofficial acceptance from a POI will also be great!)
  21. Hello Guys. Thanking all of you ahead for reading my posts and writing your thoughts as comments. I have been out of Grad School application scene past 5 years and need some help assessing my profile and giving me few tips and suggestion. It will be great to know how my profile stacks up against fellow applications for Top 30 EE RFIC/Analog IC/Circuits PhD Programs in US/Europe. Any University suggestion is appreciated as well. For Spring 2018/Fall 2018 session. (Critics are welcome as i need to improve, be as frank as possible) My Profile: GRE (Q 170 / V 155 / 4.0) , MS in EE with Research/Thesis from TTU (2012) - GPA 3.7/4.0, BS in EE GPA 3.6/4 (No Publications) Work Experience -- 4 years and counting -- 3 years at Qualcomm (top 5 RFIC Company) as RF Hardware and Test Engineer, 1.5+ at another competitor (present). I have been told my work experience is negative for PhD as its been 4 years since i graduated with MS, Does it matter that much ? What do you guys think about my acceptance chances to Top 30-50 EE Programs In US/Europe . Any university you want to suggest. Few University of my choice with similar research interest -- UT Austin, Texas A&M, UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara, UC Irvine/Davis. Georgia Tech, Univ of Colorado Boulder, Arizona State University, University of Washington. USC, UMass Amherst. NCSU Thanks Again,
  22. Hello Guys. Thanking all of you ahead for reading my posts and writing your thoughts as comments. I have been out of Grad School application scene past 5 years and need some help assessing my profile and giving me few tips and suggestion. It will be great to know how my profile stacks up against fellow applications for Top 30 EE RFIC/Analog IC/Circuits PhD Programs in US/Europe. Any University suggestion is appreciated as well. For Spring 2018/Fall 2018 session. (Critics are welcome as i need to improve, be as frank as possible) My Profile: GRE (Q 170 / V 155 / 4.0) , MS in EE with Research/Thesis from TTU (2012) - GPA 3.7/4.0, BS in EE GPA 3.6/4 (No Publications) Work Experience -- 4 years and counting -- 3 years at Qualcomm (top 5 RFIC Company) as RF Hardware and Test Engineer, 1.5+ at another competitor (present). I have been told my work experience is negative for PhD as its been 4 years since i graduated with MS, Does it matter that much ? What do you guys think about my acceptance chances to Top 30-50 EE Programs In US/Europe . Any university you want to suggest. Few University of my choice with similar research interest -- UT Austin, Texas A&M, UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara, UC Irvine/Davis. Georgia Tech, Univ of Colorado Boulder, Arizona State University, University of Washington. USC, UMass Amherst. NCSU Thanks Again,
  23. I'm currently a senior year student in the EE department at a Bangladeshi University, and I'm 2 months away from graduation. I'm considering applying to US universities for graduate studies. I expect to graduate with a CGPA of about 3.8 (junior and senior year: 3.93). I am a bit confused as to what to choose for my Graduate research field. My research experience includes two different fields. First, I participated in an International Competition, developing a Machine Learning system (software) for classifying the origin of media recordings. Second, for my undergraduate research I've worked on nanophotonics, in particular, the enhancement of light trapping in novel solar cells via metal nanoparticles with computational methods. Now, while applying for graduate schools I'm confused as to which line of research would be better for me. I'm highly enthusiastic about modern (quantum) physics in general, so I am naturally drawn towards nanophotonics/solid state/ quantum electronics. But, I'm unsure about the future of these fields and the kind of jobs that these fields entail, and the chances of even getting a job. On the other hand, I am a good programmer, and I feel like Deep Learning/ Machine Learning programs would be a safe and good choice, because of the possibility of a lot of application of these fields in the near future. I do enjoy working on these also, but I have never before thought about going into these fields. So, could anyone who knows about the implications of working on any these areas discuss the kind of work that I would be doing and put forward any suggestions as to which might be a better choice. Any suggestion in general is welcome. Thanks a lot for your time.
  24. I graduated with a BSEE 2015. Initially I was interested in entering industry and decided to switch over to research in my last year. I have mostly industry experience from undergrad but am now an RA in a clinical research position. Some stats: GPA: 3.4 (a couple C's but mostly A's, not sure how to get around this) GRE: Taking these in a month, aiming for 170 Q, 160~ V LOR: Will have one for sure from my current position, still deciding which prof. to ask for the other two Research Experience: Senior engineering project was essentially an independent group-based research project with a BCI using MATLAB and EEGs Have a coauthorship from this job for a submitted paper and am working on other projects that will hopefully turn into more publications later this year or next year. Doing lots of EEG/MEG/MRI data collection and analysis. Imaging isn't quite the direction I want to head towards but I enjoy it. I'm strongly interested in electrophysiology, BCIs, neuroprosthetics, sensorimotor neuroscience, signal processing type of research. Schools: Harvard/MIT HST MIT EECS Duke Biomed (Nicolelis lab in particular) U of Wash Stanford Johns Hopkins Rice Univ Pitt UCSD Brown Northwestern I can definitely strengthen my application with more pubs but not sure if it will matter if I wait until next year to apply or what. any advice appreciated. Anyone have experience in how competitive it is in this field?
  25. Zhivab

    UCLA, Pitt or USC?

    Hi everyone! I am writing because I am facing some important doubts and I would really appreciate your thoughts and opinions. Basically, I got accepted by UCLA about a month ago for studying my MS in Electrical Engineering, to be specific, in Circuits and Embedded Systems. As we all know, UCLA is a top school in the US. On the other hand, I have to say that I do not like the program too much. I applied to this university because I got a recommendation letter from a professor when I studied there during a summer session. Honestly, I did not expect that I was going to get in, because I did not show in my SoP my motivation about Circuits Designing, but I did. I also got accepted to study at University of Pittsburgh a MS in EE in Power Electronics, field that I like the most. However, Pitt is not as highly ranked as UCLA. Finally, I am also waiting for my admission decision at USC, a school that competes for the same ranking with UCLA in EE. If accepted, my track would be Power Electronics as well, and I will definitely attend this school. However, I can not keep waiting for an USC response because my deadline to accept/decline Pitt is very close. So I think you can pretty much guess my concern. I do not know if I should study at UCLA, a top school but a program that I do not feel very motivated about, waiting for USC but risking Pittsburgh, or studying at University of Pittsburgh, a university with a lower ranking than UCLA but where I would study a program that I like more. Everything would be solved if I get an admission by USC soon but it has been so long since I applied and I really think that I have very small chances of getting in. Thank you so much for all the answers in advance.
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