If you want to get ahead in the computer or electrical engineering sector, then you should launch your career in the US.
The PhD in Electrical Engineering graduate is now the Chief Technology Officer of his company pulseM, a US-based computer software firm that any engineering graduate would dream of running.
He has come a long way since beginning his higher education in Bangalore, India and he has UT Dallas to thank for this success.
During his graduate programme at the UT Dallas Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science, Abhijeet benefited from the vibrant local economy and wealth of employment opportunities in Richardson, Texas.
Located in one of the “brightest economic regions in the world,” UT Dallas offers graduate students like Abhijeet a range of industry experiences on- and off-campus.
For instance, he got to be a co-principal investigator on a NASA project with the School’s Associate Dean for Research Dr John Hansen and took part in projects that were funded by the National Science Foundation.
The pinnacle of his PhD experience, however, was launching his company.
“I have always had a practical inclination to take what we learn in the lab and do real things with it,” he said.
Internships offer these same benefits. The School provides plenty of such opportunities for international students to see first-hand what a career in the US would look like.
And they can do so in some of the most prestigious companies in the nation — UT Dallas students regularly intern at Texas Instruments, Intel, Cisco, Amazon, Microsoft, Samsung, Motorola, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) and more.
Kickstart your career success in the US
If you want to ignite a computer and electrical engineering career in the US, like Abhijeet and many other international students have done, then a graduate programme is a great route to take.
The UT Dallas Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (MSEE) enables you to develop your industry knowledge through five concentration areas: Circuits, Computing Systems, Devices, Power Electronics and Energy Systems and Signals and Systems.
And by infusing its curriculum with industry trends, UT Dallas ensures that their electrical engineering graduates are updated with the demands of the current and future workplace.
MSEE alumna Mamatha Modaliyar Dandapani credits UT Dallas for laying the groundwork that ultimately paved the way towards a coveted role for her at Intel — no small feat for a first-generation engineer.
Mamatha now works as a post-silicon validation engineer at the tech multinational, where she was recently awarded the Intel Achievement Award, one of the highest honours possible for its employees.
“Studying and gaining an understanding of VLSI design and testing [at UT Dallas] gave me the confidence to apply to Intel,” she said.
“I always encourage students to try all options — don’t just set your mind on one thing. You never know what you like unless you try it. Thanks to UT Dallas, I’m in a great career.”
Through the Master of Science in Computer Engineering (MSCE), you’ll also receive first-hand industry knowledge from award-winning professors who prepare you for leadership roles in research, development and design.
Students will also get to learn from Dr Qing Gu who recently received a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award to expand her work on novel lasers. And Dr Lakshman Tamil, a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI).
An alumni and industry network that lasts a lifetime
Referrals can launch a career; with UT Dallas’s alumni network, students can count on these contacts to help with their career search.
They include figures like Class of ‘96 alumnus Alan Ladd who is the lead ASIC design engineer for educational technology products at Texas Instruments Inc.
He said, “I started giving because of the quality of education I received at the University and how it has helped me in my career.”
Industry experiences. Award-winning professors. Lifelong alumni network — with all these, a successful engineering career in the US awaits you at UT Dallas.
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