Why was the KU School of Engineering the right choice for you?
I had developed a certain interest in the field of Signal processing from my undergraduate studies. Looking to broaden my knowledge and specialize in the same I came upon the research programs at KU that matched my interests so KU was an obvious choice for me. Apart from that, ample amount of funding opportunities in electrical engineering department also intrigued me. All in all, the wide range of courses, the ongoing research at KU, comfortable and fruitful environment for the graduate study made me choose KU.
What are you currently researching?
Currently I work as a Graduate Research Assistant in Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets which is a NSF and NASA funded project to assess the effects of climate change in polar ice sheets using sophisticated RADARS built at KU. Particularly I work in the post processing of the data collected by radar surveys in Antarctica and Greenland. Applying signal and image processing algorithms, developing new programs and codes to analyze the radar data and predicting possible areas of basal melting in ice sheets are some of the works I currently do. This research would help the Cryosphere community to know the effects of climate change on future mean sea level rise.
What is your favorite thing on campus or in Lawrence that a prospective student should check out?
KU is one of the most beautiful campuses so just walking around the Jayhawk boulevard, Potter lake and Campanile is really blissful. The vibrant student community at KU is the heart of Lawrence. Going for soccer games, swing dance and volunteering are what I do in my spare time. And of course, KU is incomplete without mentioning the KU basketball team, the craze for this team when they are playing at the Allen Fieldhouse is simply spectacular. Clinton lake is perhaps another beautiful place that one must visit for picnics, camping, hiking or boating. Also local restaurants at Mass St. in Lawrence Downtown are simply amazing and lively especially on weekends.
What advice do you have for prospective graduate students?
What I would like to suggest to the prospective graduate student is that KU has so much of resources for students that one should really be aware of them and utilize them. Start talking to professors and faculty because they have so many resources that can help you. Mingle with seniors and fellow classmates, trust me, it helps a lot in your coursework. Apart from that, don’t forget to participate in the student activities in KU, whatever your interests are, there are student groups that can help you. All in all, you will enjoy the atmosphere here and become a proud Jayhawk within no time.
Which committee are you on and what would you like to do in the next year to help current graduate students?
I am on the Research and Outreach team. As a part of this team, we will try to organize events that are helpful to the students such as GEA Annual Research Competition, help undergraduates to follow their research interests as well as answer their queries regarding the same. We will be organizing events that will motivate our student researchers at KU as well as help them by providing any resources they need.