UROPs, TAs and RAs: Reflections on EE-CS

Six EECS students reflect on their experiences as students in the EECS Department. Two students who have experienced EECS as undergraduates in the MIT Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program as ‘UROP’s give their perspectives as undergraduates in the Department and as young researchers who are able to see from the EE or CS perspective without issue. Two graduate students who have studied electrical engineering and/or computer science at MIT and elsewhere reflect on their experiences as Teaching Assistants in the Department — marveling at the ease with which the undergraduates they assist are able to bridge between disciplines and at the scope of the classes they are TAing. Two graduate students — one a research assistant in the High Throughput Neurotechnology Group of EECS Professor Fatih Yanik and the other in the Robot Locomotion Group of EECS/CSAIL Professor Russ Tedrake, reflect on their work which relies on both electrical engineering and computer science in diversely different ways.

Carine Abi Akar, EECS 2012

Carine Abi Akar, EECS (6-3) class of ’12, UROP in the Humans and Automation Lab, HAL, under CSAIL Prof. Mary Cummings

“I would have never been course 6 if the field was not so diverse. I am not one to settle down on one topic forever. I love the department because it gives me the capacity to be interested in several very different things …”read more

Gabriel Ha, EECS 2011

Gabriel Ha, EECS 2011, UROP under the direction of EECS Professor Jeff Lang at MIT and at Brigham & Women’s Hospital

“One of the rewarding parts of this project was being able to see how EECS tools can contribute to biomedical applications. Knowing that my work was going toward a project that could not only save lives… “read more

Tania Khanna, EECS graduate student

Tania Khanna, EECS graduate student in the Microsystems Technology Laboratories under Professor Joel Dawson and TA for 6.02

“Often EE is seen as the foundation for CS, but with the evolution of various communication techniques CS has become a fundamental feedback tool …”read more

Ali Mohammad, EECS graduate student in computer science and head TA for 6.01

Ali Mohammad, EECS graduate student in the CSAIL Infolab and head TA for 6.01

“…EE and CS form two different departments, …although each department requires its students to take introductory classes in the other, there really isn’t a single class that celebrates the philosophy that the engineering disciplines have in common…”read more

Mike Chang, EECS graduate student in biomedical engineering, Area VII.

Tsung-Yao Chang (Michael Chang), EECS graduate student in biomedical engineering; RA under Prof. Fatih Yanik

“Besides the technical skills, the most important philosophy I have learned at MIT is from Prof. Fatih Yanik. He emphasizes that the simplest technology can last forever – a remarkable maxim to me.”read more

Elena Glassman, PhD candidate under EECS Professor Russ Tedrake in the Robot Locomotion Group at CSAIL.

Elena Glassman, EECS graduate student in the Robot Locomotion Group of Prof. Russ Tedrake

“When I was an undergrad, there was a very clear distinction between the 6-1 (EE) and 6-3 (CS) sides of my graduating class. The CS kids tended to bemoan needing to take 6.003 (Signals and Systems) and ….”read more

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