Hometown: Khartoum, Sudan
Current Job: Research/Teaching Assistant at UTC
MS Program: Electrical Power Engineering
Why did you choose UTC CECS?
UTC’s advanced laboratories in the field of power engineering, coupled with talented professors that have years of hands on experience and close ties to the industry made it an easy choice to apply to the CECS.
What is your career ambition and how is the MS program helping you get there?
Being exposed to so many different possibilities, it’s hard to pinpoint exactly where I see myself in the future. However, I’m very interested in power system protection and its application in renewable energy. I took both courses early on in the MS program, and while it was challenging at times, my instructors were always there to help me every step of the way.
What have you liked about the MS program?
I appreciate its hands-on approach to learning and the opportunities we’re given to apply our knowledge to real world problems. The work and projects we do allow us to utilize cutting edge technology that is currently being used out in the field.
Did you take any online courses?
Yes, especially with the ongoing pandemic. The transition from in person to online classes was seamless, and I appreciate having a recording I can go back to if I need to. I also get to learn from the comfort of my couch, sitting with my cats (which is always a plus).
What opportunities have you had during your degree to gain other skills?
I am currently working on research regarding parallel processing and modeling of electrical systems. I’ve also conducted labs and tutorials for undergraduate students which has affirmed my love of teaching.
Have you had support from CECS faculty/staff? Has there been one or two in particular who have positively influenced your studies?
I’m lucky to have Dr. Karrar as my research advisor as I know I can always count on his advice and wealth of knowledge.
How has the program helped you?
A year ago, I was unsure if I wanted to continue pursuing a future in engineering. This program has broadened my view of what engineering has to offer and made me realize that it’s something I really enjoy and could see myself doing for the foreseeable future.
What has been the best part of your experience?
The best part has definitely been the people that I met in my program and through other events and activities over the past year.