My Journey Into Electrical Engineering
When I was a child, I was more interested in little robotic toys than dolls. I was obsessed with the motions and features of robots. I was also curious about the wires and boards inside the toys. I would ask myself such questions as, “How do these robots move so perfectly in that way?”
During middle and high school, I put all my focus in physics and computer science courses so that I could learn circuits and C++. I was obsessed. I wanted to learn as much as possible about electronics.
I moved to America in 2012. I went to a wonderful university in New York, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. That is where my engineering life began. The journey of learning has been long and hard in my undergraduate years, especially as a foreigner. Thanks to a lot of help from my friends and professors, when I graduated, I obtained Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering with honors. My passion for engineering only strengthened through this experience and support.
In 2016, I started my M.S. in Electrical Engineering at USC. I have made lots of friends through the program, and it has been a fantastic life experience. My research has allowed me to develop complicated techniques of processing images in whatever way I want. Imagine a living, breathing Photoshop, except I do it with my own algorithm! Through the EE program at USC, I also acquired skills in machine learning, a big, trending topic in the field of engineering. Machine learning is based on probability, but it’s a lot more fun than traditional probability.
I also had an internship in a medical company as an algorithm engineer. When I started the internship, I didn’t have any background in biomedical engineering or physiology, so for the first two weeks, I studied physiology by myself and used what I had just learned to do pattern extraction and process raw brainwave data. That’s just one reason why I love this field. As an engineer, you will encounter several opportunities to learn new knowledge and use your creativity to solve different problems in various fields. Your capabilities extend way beyond what you expect.
Now as a graduate student, I only take courses I find interesting. It is true that many people choose certain fields that can give them a good salary or sometimes they just want an easy A. However, I invite you to explore your motivations some more. Some important questions to ask yourself include, what is your definition of a fantastic life? How important is a large salary if you don’t enjoy what you do? Does your career get you excited?