Andrew Clarke Name: Andrew Clarke
Hometown: Anderson, SC
Degree Program: Electrical Engineering - Power Systems
Campus Involvement and Interests: Electric Power Systems, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Microgrids, Clemson Cycling Team
Why I chose the Electrical Engineering program at Clemson: One of the things I like most about Clemson is the friendly atmosphere. Professors are approachable, class sizes are manageable, and there is always a friendly face around. While finishing my undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering at Clemson and looking for opportunities to continue my education in graduate school, Clemson stood out to me due to the large variety of new and exciting research being done. I had the opportunity to speak with several professors about research opportunities and decide what direction to take my studies.
Venkataraman Ganesh Name: Venkataraman Ganesh
Hometown: Chennai, India
Degree Program: Electrical Engineering - Intelligent Systems
Campus Involvement and Interests: Controls and Robotics, Computer Vision and Mechatronics. Interests outside the sphere of academics include Poetry, Drama and Motorcycles.
Why I chose the Electrical Engineering program at Clemson: My undergraduate major being Mechatronics, I’d had the opportunity to explore concepts of both Mechanical Engineering and ECE. Upon exploring the research opportunities at Clemson ECE, I found that the Intelligent Systems program not only offers the scope to explore the applications of Mechatronics, but also provides a favorable work environment to achieve my professional goals.
William Kolodzey Name: William Kolodzey
Hometown: Landenberg, PA
Degree program: Intelligent Systems
Campus Involvement and Interests: Artificial Intelligence, Scheduling, Game Theory, Efficiency, Teaching, and the Clemson Fencing Club
Why I chose the Computer Engineering program at Clemson: Sometimes it feels like the Computer Engineering graduate program at Clemson chose me. Even though my undergraduate degree was not in the same field, I felt welcomed by the open-minded faculty and students. I wasn’t sure in what direction I wanted to take my research, so I was fortunate to find several professors working in fields related to my interests. My site visit sealed the deal. Besides the lovely oak trees and nearby mountains, I found that Clemson has a close-knit community and a conveniently centralized campus, both of which are rare in a highly-ranked university.
Surya Sharma Name: Surya Sharma
Hometown: Mumbai, India
Degree program: Electrical Engineering - Intelligent Systems
Campus Involvement and Interests: I love bringing multiple disciplines together and making learning more fun. (Who said Arts and Science can't go together?) I like photography and I am currently working my way up to being a better photographer (so that our work can be documented more fashionably). When I have time, I spend time on Do-It-Yourself Electronics (Toys that fly!), Robotics, Image Processing and pretty much everything else that needs me to break something apart and then fix it.
Why I chose the Electrical Engineering program at Clemson: Clemson's Intelligent Systems focus brings multiple disciplines together, which fits right in with my interests. Courses like Architecture Robotics bring new engineering visions to reality, in tandem with art and style. I picked Clemson because I found two of the coolest toys to work on, Quadrotors and the Octarm. Don't let the word "Intelligent Systems" fool you, there's more than Electronics here.
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