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  1. 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.
  2. I applied to a number of MASC Electrical Engineering Graduate programs in Canada for the September Intakes and have been unfortunately rejected by all of them. I am applying to a few schools now for the MENG program for the January 2020 Intake and am considering re-applying to a couple of the schools that rejected me for this program as well. Would it make sense to re-apply to these schools for the MENG program or would it be a waste of time and money? I honestly thought my application was strong enough to warrant an acceptance into the MASC program but that was not the case. Would the MENG program be 'easier' to get into by any means? Thanks in advance for any advice that you can give me.
  3. Program- MS Electrical (Power System) Finally, confused between 3- NCSU, Virginia Tech, and TU Delft. Out of the currently received admits, which will be the best. (Considering- University Program Reputation, Academic Strength, Job/Intern Prospects) I like 3-4 professors in each of the above universities and their ongoing projects. This has made me more confused. Please help. Have to decide one by April first week. ---- Thanks in advance!!!
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Hey! First of all, the following is my profile: CPI: 9.63/10 (IIT Kanpur Electrical Engineering) GRE: 328 (158 V 170 Q 4.0 AWA) TOEFL: Not given yet (expected score 100+) One minor and one major project (currently running) with no publications Intern at Texas Instruments as Analog Design Intern with Placement offer and guaranteed publication if I join the company Extra-curricular - A lot with community service and leadership roles, Part of SAE team I am considering applying to about 10 or 11 universities and am not able to choose which ones to apply to. Any help would be appreciated. I have decided on applying to 5 - Stanford, UCB, GaTech, UTA, and NUS. Apart from these, I am trying to shortlist 5-6 more universities and any help in selecting those would be appreciated. Possible options - CMU, UIUC, UCLA, UMich - Ann Arbor, Princeton, Cornell, ETH Zurich, Purdue, UCSD.
  7. Hi all, anyone been accepted to the ECE dept. at UofT ? They started sending offers last week i guess
  8. Hi all, anyone been accepted to the ECE dept. at UofT ? They started sending offers last week i guess
  9. Hello All, I have received the PhD admit to UCF EE program on the 3rd week of Feb, 2018. I am yet to receive the financial aid letter from them to process my I-20. Anybody else got the fin aid from the EE department or know what to do or how to proceed?
  10. 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
  11. Hi all, has any graduate student received an offer from the ECE department at UofT ? I'm a MSc applicant and would like to know if they started sending offers or not. Thanks
  12. Hi all, has any graduate student received an offer from the ECE department at U of Toronto ? Thanks
  13. Does anyone know if all Ph.D. rejections are out for Stanford electrical? It was weird they told some people early, normally they do it with their master's results.
  14. A lot of people have heard back with acceptances and rejections for Stanford Electrical. Can everyone, who has and hasn't post stats?
  15. Hi, Just creating a forum topic so we can discuss among ourselves any questions/concerns/plans we may have. I am creating this specifically for accepted electrical engineering students but other engineers and majors are welcome too.
  16. I couldn't find a forum about electrical engineering 2018 applications. Decisions are rolling in apparently. Someone posted they got rejected from Stanford and found out through the website. Could this be true? It's so early.
  17. Hi. I am looking for Masters in Electrical Engineering (energy sector). I request a profile evaluation. GPA (3.8/4; BATCH TOPPER) (TOPPER GRADE- 3.8); (AT MY COLLEGE THERE IS ALREADY OUT OF 4 GRADING SCALE.) INTERNS-4 .Papers- (1 national , 1 international) Projects- (2 at national level AT UPES; 1 at international level at Tomsk Polytechnic University; Russia) work experience- 7 MONTHS; RELIANCE POWER, OPERATIONS ENGINEER LOR- STRONG SOP-STRONG COMMUNITY SERVICE- 3 MONTHS AT INTERNATIONAL LEVEL NGO Achievements= -Topper of the batch. -Awarded with University Scholarship. -Selected for a semester exchange program at Tomsk Polytechnic University, Russia. -Received Excellent Performance grade in all subjects taught at Tomsk Polytechnic University, Russia. -Received Appreciation Badge for outstanding performance in academics at Tomsk Polytechnic University, Russia. -Received Appreciation letter from 2 foreign professors. -Received University Medal for securing the first rank in B.Tech Power System Engineering batch (2013-2017). -Received University Scholarship cheque for securing first position B.Tech Power System Engineering batch (2013-2017) and for academic excellence DETAIL OF INTERNS---- 1) Reliance Power Supply Corporation Limited Duration: 4 weeks Project Title: Project on Electrical Maintenance of RPSCL (2015) Description: Study of protection and maintenance of Alternators and Transformers, Generator Components, Transformer components. Cooling techniques of transformer used. Speed Control of Induction Motor and DC motor. Methods of improving the transmission efficiency and the operating power factor. Description of generator cooling. Designing of switchyard area, the essential equipment required and their working methodology. Transmission line designing, conductors used and calculations involved. Underground cable transmission system explanation, their types and laying methodology and fault detection methods. Types of insulators and their voltage withstanding capacity limits. Designing of line supports as per different transmitting voltage levels. Description of Class A and B trip. Overview of HVDC and HVAC, their benefits and disadvantages. 2)Reliance Power Supply Corporation Limited Duration: 4 weeks Project Title: Project on overview of RPSCL (2015) Description: Overview of RPSCL was given. Study of Boiler, Turbine and Power Quality Improvement techniques.Selecting an ideal plant location. SOP to be followed for boiler startup and for boiler maintenance. Efficiency improvement techniques of a boiler. Purging of furnace methodology. Description of turbine rolling process. Coal handling system, description about coal mill and crushers. Ash handling system, fly ash and bottom ash treatment methodology. DM water plant, chemical treatment of mechanically treated water steps. Steam and flue gas circuit and methods to improve steam parameters and dryness fraction. Cooling water system, condenser description and method of operation. 3)Adani Power Limited, Mundra Duration: 1 week Project Title: Simulator Training on Power Plant Operation and Maintenance Description:The simulator training held at ADANI POWER was on the Basic Operation and Maintenance of Power Plant by using a simulator. It helped in getting practical knowledge about the working of 330MW and 660MW thermal power plant. SOP of plant startup, on load activities, loading, offload activities and shutdown explained. 4)Thermax Limited Duration 6 weeks Project Title: Experiments on cold flow model of CFBC Boiler. Description: Study of Fluidized bed combustion boiler and its types. Experimental analysis and detailed study on Circulating Fluidized Bed Combustion Boiler. Overview of design calculations & drawings of scaled down model. Study of transformations from one hydrodynamic regime into another. Description about the modifications necessary in the model so as to stabilize the system. DETAILS ABOUT PROJECTS- 1)Tomsk Polytechnic University, Russia Mentor: Mr. Konstantin Obraztsov (Assistant Professor, Institute of Power Engineering, TPU, Russia) Project Title: Speed control of dc motor by using Fuzzy Logic Controller Description: Study Fuzzy Logic Controller, Designing a Fuzzy Controller and controlling speed of DC motor via it. Comparison of results of speed control by PID and Fuzzy Controller. 2)MATLAB – Based Photovoltaic System Management for Smart Home Energy Management System Description: To turn our house into a smart home, in which subsides a photovoltaic system management. This system uses solar energy, which is a renewable source of energy, to produce electricity, which is then provided to our “smart homeâ€. Thus, we are producing electricity for our “smart homes†with the help of a renewable source of energy, thereby, saving the nuclear and fossil fuels, which are non-renewable sources of energy. By the use of above concept, we can turn a normal city, to a smart city and save nation’s nonrenewable resources by large percentage improving our country’s economy. Also proportion of pollution content will be reduced by much large amount thus minimizing global issues of Greenhouse Effect, Global Warming and Climatic Changes. 3)Fractional Frequency Transmission Description: The methodology behind fractional frequency transmission uses a reduced frequency level for the transmission of the power. The frequency of the transmission is reduced to one third the original value i.e. 50/3 Hz. Now at the generating end, once the voltage level is stepped up by using a transformer there is a cyclo-converter system which is placed next to the transformer. The power then reaches to the cyclo-converter where the frequency is reduced to 50/3 Hz. The power at the output of the cyclo-converter is fed to the transmission line. The power signal then reaches to the receiving end where it again undergo a frequency conversion and the frequency of the power is stepped up to 50 Hz so as to make it usable for the transformer which is designed to work on 50 Hz. This technique reduces the electrical length of the ac power line, and thus, its transmission capability can be increased several fold. Please provide valuable suggestions. list- 1.TAMU 2.North Carolina State University 3.University of Wisconsin-Madison 4.University of Minnesota Twin cities(UMNTC) 5.VIRGINIA TECH 6.Michigan Tech 7.Arizona State University 8.Iowa State University 9.Ohio State University 10.Univ of Colorado boulder 11.University of Texas at Austin 12.University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 13.Georgia Institute of technology 14.University of Massachusetts--Amherst 15. Pennsylvania State University 16.University of Florida - Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering Thanks in advance.
  18. Hello everyone, I'm new to the Grad Cafe. I'm an international 3rd year undergraduate student from another country who is seeking a funded phd program in electrical/computer engineering in the US (I cannot afford colleges in the US). In my first year of college, due to some health problems my GPA ended up very poorly (1.2/4 gpa in the 1st year). However, I have fixed it later on, and raised it to 3.3 / 4 by the end of my 3rd year. And I can say that my average GPA in the last two years is 3.5+. In my school it is usually very hard to get high grades, so I am right now the best student in my class. I am going to take the GRE and TOEFL/IELTS tests next month. I have no research experience since I am an undergraduate student. This summer I am going to do an internship at a major and well-known electronics company. I can probably get great recommendation letters. I am worried about my GPA being low for a funded phd program and I am wondering what are my chances to get accepted. Which engineering schools could match with my profile? Is there anyone who got admitted to a phd program with a low grade, and which schools? I would be very glad to hear your own experience. Thanks in advance for taking your time and recommendations.
  19. I have narrowed the schools I have received offers from down to these three. I was wondering what your guys opinions are on the resulting job opportunities and overall benefits of each program, considering that I am 90% sure that I do not plan on pursuing a PhD in EE. My main concern is with UIUC. The relatively new program is all coursework, and I would like to know exactly how good this program is, especially from someone who knows something more about the program.
  20. 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.
  21. I have received admits from both Arizona State University and University of Minnesota, Twin Cities in Electrical Engineering. My area of interest is Signal Processing, and I am having some difficulty in deciding between the two. Any help in deciding between the two in terms of job opportunities, faculty etc. would be greatly appreciated!
  22. Hello guys. I did not know that this amazing website existed. If I knew, my application process would have been much easier. Anyway, I finished my undergrad at UIUC and my major was electrical engineering. I applied for the grad schools that have music or audio engineering programs which are based more on engineering stuffs. So the schools that I applied were Stanford, McGill, University of Rochester, University of Miami and UIUC etc... My reserach professors told me that University of Rochester has a good audio and music engineering program based on engineering stuffs. So, University of Rochester was one of my dream grad schools, but lots of friends recently suggested me to stay at UIUC because UIUC has better reputation in terms of an engineering school even though it does not have the audio engineering program. So, I would be glad if I get any advice from you especially who studied or is studying such program as your master's degree. What would you do if I were in my position?
  23. Hi all, I got admits from University of Massachusetts-Amherst (VLSI/CAD and Embedded Systems) as well as USC (VLSI Design). My profile is as follows: GRE:165Q/156V/4AWA TOEFL: 113 CGPA:8.75/10 So I was looking for advice as to which university to pick off the both and the factors to be considered while picking. Thank you'll
  24. Which of the following universities is better option considering research and job opportunities for MS in Electrical Engineering? 1. Arizona State University (Control Systems) 2. Northeastern University (Power Systems, Power Electronics, and Motion Control)
  25. Guys I need some help choosing universities. Please help me by voting the poll...
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