Our graduates continue to uphold the innovative and top-tier reputation of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UTD.

With the university’s close proximity to industry leaders, we are seeing more and more students in influential positions across Texas and beyond. Whether it’s starting their own renewable energy company, furthering their education through graduate research, employed at a top level company like Texas Instruments, or becoming faculty members, our graduates are making moves for the future of technology, research, and education.

Arun Gupta

Class of '12

What did you study within the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UTD?

I studied Electrical Engineering (MEMS and Microsystems).

Where do you currently work and what is your job title?

I’m am the Founder and CEO of Skyven Technologies.

In what ways did the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department prepare you for your current position?

The department gave me the flexibility to pursue my PhD while maintaining full-time employment at Texas Instruments. This flexibility has been crucial in setting me for my current role as Founder of a renewable energy company!

Alex Moreno

Class of '17

Where do you currently work and what is your job title?

UC Berkeley, Graduate Researcher

Tell us about your experience within ECE and specifically Senior Design.

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering provided me with the opportunities to take rigorous analog and RF courses as an undergrad and to work on exciting Terahertz research with Dr. Kenneth O at the Texas Analog Center of Excellence. Through the Senior Design Program I was able to brainstorm technological ideas to reduce gun violence in America. Seeing our prototype to fruition with my friends and the support of Dr. James Florence was my favorite part of the capstone project.

Why should future students choose to study within the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UTD?

Because of UTD’s fast paced track to tier one! UTD’s environment is changing at literally a new building per year and increasing student and faculty. Change like this is seen at all tiers of UTD and translates to opportunities for growth, research and learning for students. Read more about Alex here.

William Krenik

Class of '93

Where do you currently work and what is your job title?

I work at Texas Instruments as a Custom CTO.

In what ways did the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department prepare you for your current position?

The excellent technical training within ECE prepared me for my career at Texas Instruments. The great school, the ECE Department’s reputation, and the city that surrounds us sets all students up for success!

Nicole Skarke

Class of '10

 

What did you study within the department of ECE?

Electrical Engineering

 

What was the most valuable thing you gained from obtaining your degree from the ECE department at UTD?

I gained an introduction to IEEE which has become and ever-growing network for me over the years following graduation and it also has helped me to improve on valuable business and life skills in addition to my course curriculum. Also, I had two different internships through the Industrial Practice Program that ultimately led me to my career in a field I would have otherwise not journeyed into.

 

Why do you think it’s important that alumni stay connected?

I think it is important to help foster the future of the engineering profession. Everyone wins when students have the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills to be successful, well rounded problem solvers.

 

Why have you chosen to remain involved with ECE and serving as an officer in the alumni chapter?

So much of what I have is because of my time in the ECE department. I know people from all over the world in IEEE because I jumped in and got really involved as a freshman. I felt empowered as a student and was able to translate skills I learned to my professional life and it really helped me to excel. I want to pay it forward and make sure that incredible culture of the ECE department continues on for future generations. (An aside: I even met my husband in the ECE department…)

 

What advice would you give to current students obtaining the same degree?

Take the time to take advantage of all the resources at your disposal: Start building your network through one of the student organizations. Get an internship; go for it even if it is in an area of engineering that is new to you. Don’t just memorize equations; learn how to learn. Ask questions, because it is better to ask what seems silly than be lost and let yourself and potentially your teammates down.

Pavel Bolshakov

Class of '15

 

1. What did you study within the department of ECE?

I majored in Electrical Engineering with a focus on Microelectronics and a minor in Nanoscience.

 

2. What was the most valuable thing you gained from obtaining your degree from the ECE department at UTD?

It would have to be the collaborative teamwork skills during major projects.

 

3. Where do you currently work, what are your responsibilities, and how do you believe the Department of ECE and your specific area of study prepared you?

I work as a research assistant at UTD in the Materials Science & Engineering department towards a Ph.D. degree. The department prepared me by instilling me with hands-on lab work early on, which allowed me to use my critical thinking and problem solving skills that are essential for a successful graduate student in a research lab.

 

4. Are you proud to be an alumni of the ECE Department? If so, why?

I am very proud because more and more I hear that the ECE department at UTD is being recognized not only nationally but globally as well for its high achieving graduates.

 

5. What advice would you give to current students looking to go down a similar path?

There are dozens of specializations within the ECE department, so take every opportunity to find your passion and expertise.

 

6. What is one valuable thing you’ve learned that has stuck with you since your time at UTD?

Life-long learning is key to success!

Laura Mueller

Class of '12

 

1. What did you study within the department of ECE?

I studied Electrical Engineering with a concentration in Biomedical Applications.

 

2. What was the most valuable thing you gained from obtaining your degree from the ECE department at UTD?

Without a doubt, theoretical knowledge paired with laboratory and research opportunities. This combination laid a solid foundation for hands-on industry experience and influenced my approach to working with others and solving challenging problems with unclear answers.

 

3. Where do you currently work, what are your responsibilities, and how do you believe the Department of ECE and your specific area of study prepared you?

I’m building my career at Texas Instruments, currently serving in Technical Sales as an Aerospace and Defense Account Manager. My responsibility is to listen, understand and respond to customers’ semiconductor needs. UT Dallas provided the technical foundation to acknowledge common challenges that subject matter experts face on a daily basis. Thanks to my UT Dallas background, I have a firm grasp on how certain semiconductor specifications impact our customers designs, and respond by guiding our customers to leading edge products that address their challenges.

 

4. Are you proud to be an alumni of the ECE Department?

Absolutely! Making an impact requires diversity of thought and skillsets. UT Dallas has both. The people at UT Dallas did and continue to impact how to approach challenging problems.

 

5. What advice would you give to current students looking to go down a similar path?

  • Convey genuine interest and always remain curious.
  • Always remember there are many ways to address challenges.
  • Never let adversity stand in the way of your accomplishments.

 

6. What is one valuable thing you’ve learned that has stuck with you since your time at UTD?

Logic and a friendly, personable demeanor are not mutually exclusive. A genuine smile, willingness to work with others and respect for others points of view will take you far.

Diana Cogan

Class of '16

You have a unique position as a former student, can you explain your current role at UTD?

I am a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UTD.

In what ways did the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department prepare you for your current role as a Senior Lecturer?

I spent 24 years raising and homeschooling my four children (all of whom are now UTD alumni!), so my engineering skills were rather rusty when I first enrolled. The department allowed me the time I needed to rebuild my skill set so that I could move forward with my degree.

What’s something that stood out to you while you completed your PhD?

As a PhD student, I did a dissertation. My favorite part of the project was contributing to the body on knowledge that is improving the lives of those who suffer with epilepsy.

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