What most interests me is the flow, manipulation, and use of information. That may sound broad and vague compared to the various accepted divisons of electrical engineering. Of course this general interest of mine does not exist as a pure, separate form in electrical engineering. Control systems, communications, and computer engineering are all involved, as well as other fields to some extent. My intent is not to develop the ultimate model of how to categorize and manipulate information, but rather to apply my interests and ways of thinking to real world problems that require solutions.
Making a contribution to improving the world is a strong motivation for me. I see how computer and electrical technology has dramatically changed how we work and live over the past twenty years, especially with regard to information technology. And for the future, it is clear to me that information technology will play a huge role in our society. Improved air traffic control, parallel computing, and the fiber optic connection of the whole world, are some of the areas of continuing development that interest me. This term, as a research paper for my technical report writing class, I am looking into the use of computer vision for robotic systems. These trends in technology and the fact that my mind enjoys puzzling over and conceptualizing how these systems function, persuade me to pursue this field.
Engineering is about specifics. Science and technology are applied to design a certain system to function with specific abilities and within specific constraints. Specific companies cater to specific markets. In pursuing this technology of information, I want to learn some specifics on computer structures, communications, control systems, and signal processing. From courses in these many fields, I intend to get a broad background and a taste of what each field is like. It is impossible to continually study everything. Eventually, I would like to focus on a specific use of information technology, research it and apply it. Those are my objectives.
My senior year courses were in the areas of control
systems and communications. Now I would like to take courses in computer
engineering and circuits with some higher level courses in control and
communications as well.
451 Dynamic System Simulation
452 Control Engineering I
453 Control Engineering II
454 Control Engineering III
461 Probabilistic Methods in Electrical Engineering
462 Communications I
463 Communications II
464 Digital Signal Processing
Tentative Plan for Next Year
424/524 Basic Semiconductor Devices
472/572 Computer Architecture I
550 Linear Systems
471/571 Computer Engineering: Microcomputer Applications
473/573 Computer Architecture II
560 Stochastic Signals and Systems
422/522 Data Acquisition II
475/575 Advanced Microprocessors
567 Digital Signal Processing
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