Fall 2019: Popular Research Universities For MS in EE
The fact that the United States of America (USA) is right at the centre of scientific research and innovation happening world over, is common knowledge. The contribution of graduate and doctoral students in American universities has been immense in such research.
Speaking particularly about the field of Electrical Engineering in the US, it is interesting to observe that more than half of the graduate students there are international students.
MS in EE is also a programme that paves way for good employment opportunities, companies like Schneider Electric, Siemens, The Boeing Company, Lockheed Martin Corporation, IBM among others are known to be popular employers of graduates.
It is no surprise then that the popularity of the MS programme in EE in the US and the enormous amount of infrastructural and economic resources available with various research centres in the universities, has ensured a diverse and lively scenario in research in this field of study.
What Are Some Of The Most Popular Research Areas For MS in EE?
The scope of research specializations that fall under the branch of EE for graduate doctoral students in the US is very vast.
Broadly speaking, we have:
- Communications – encompassing the design of Information Systems, Computer Networking, Satellite Systems and the like. Digital Signal Processing is a subsection of this research area that is presently very popular due to its increasing relevance in our modern day life.
- Control Systems – This field is popular because it helps form a good foundation for those interested in the field of robotics. Important to note here, that research in robotics can also be related to industrial or mechanical engineering. Research under EE, covers only one part of the vast scope of study possible within robotics.
- Electromagnetics – This covers Microwave engineering, Antenna Engineering and the like. Remote Sensing is a popular research specialization in this area
- Electronic Design – Electronics and EE have many interconnections and overlaps in the application as well as in the study. VLSI, use of semiconductors in complex circuits come under this field. Nanoelectronics and power electronics are trending research topics within this area of study.
Do note, this is only one way of classifying the various research specializations. There are several interdisciplinary research topics & many universities have their own way of clubbing various specializations into broader research areas.
If you are planning to pursue graduate studies abroad, you definitely need to know what is buzzing in your field of interest as the programmes abroad are far more research-oriented than anything you will find closer to home.
Within the field of EE, the areas of nanoscience, nanotechnology, biomedical, energy, mobile networking are quite popular research interests in the top universities for the programme.
Top Schools For MS In EE & Their Research Areas
Below is a list of some of the most popular Universities for EE research with links to sources that can give you a broad idea on how they have designed their research initiatives.
#1: MIT, Cambridge, MA
They focus on the intersection between EE and CS in their research endeavors.
Covering topics like:
- Artificial Intelligence;
- Network science;
- Physical Science Device and Nanotechnology
Prof. Antonio Torralba heads the very newly launched MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab, Principal Investigators and IBM Staff are collaborating to roll out projects.
Will have good research prospects in the coming year for graduates and doctoral students.
Prof Luca Daniel is working on Silicon Photonics and Human Cardiovascular Systems etc.
[Link]: Research Areas – EECS at MIT
#2: Stanford University, Stanford, CA
Popular in new-age research topics such as Energy and Biomedical Engineering
Has an active team working in Energy and Environment under Prof. James Harris, Prof. Bruce Clemens, Prof. Stacy Bent, & Prof. Zhenan Bao.
[Link]: Research Areas – Stanford
#3: University of California, Berkeley, CA
Has interesting work in education under EE, specifically related to the use of computing devices in education.
Communication and Networking Group has research focusing on Wireless networks, Network Design &its implementation.
Prof. Venkat Anantharam coordinates this group, headed by Prof. Ananth Sahai, Kannan Ramchandran, Jean Walrand among others.
[Link]: Research Areas – UC Berkeley
#4: California Insititute of Technology
Renowned for research in Robotics.
Prof. Pietro Perona is actively involved in the Robotics Research. He works on visual recognition and categorization with Prof. Anderson and Prof. Dickinson.
[Link]: Research Areas – CalTech
#5: University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
The research options are varied and known for research in Computer Engineering.
The field of Computing systems- Hardware and Software have the involvement of Research Prof. Janak H. Patel (hardware systems) and Research Associate Prof. Daniel S. Hatz.
* Above details are assimilated from University websites, you are advised to connect with the professors and relevant departments to know more about ongoing active projects.
While those are the top Universities that offer a vibrant research environment, there are other universities that are not featured in terms of ranking but have good research opportunities for graduate students.
One way of identifying such universities is by geographically assessing them. Locations that boast of robust industries in the field of EE, will not only mean huge employment possibilities but also increase the possibilities of Universities with research in that domain with good industrial partnerships thanks to the investment from the industry.
Understandably, gaining admission into a programme that paves way for you to engage in research projects related to such popular specializations will be a very competitive process.
Hereare a few things you can do to gain an admission into top colleges offering cutting-edge research:
- Choose your specialization early – The sooner you gain clarity on the area of research that you prefer, the earlier you can start selecting the right universities, understanding their admission requirements and building your profile appropriately
- Gain Relevant Practical Experience – You must expose yourself to relevant research opportunities in your undergraduate studies and work experience ( if any). Having a good number of projects under your belt won’t do you much good if it is not related to the courses and specializations you are opting for.
- Paper Publications and Presentations – As writing is a key aspect of research initiatives, publications, and presentations of your research experiences are a definite add-on to your candidature, as they also convey your past research experience.
- Good Scores – The top universities are known to have high GRE and GPA requirements even though the selection is not made exclusively on these grounds. A good quantitative score (above 160), as well as a good AWA score, will help you a lot.
- Network with Professors – You can contact professors who are working in the field of your choice to know more about their ongoing projects are. This information can be presented in your SOP to make it more convincing & attractive for admissions.
Working with cutting-edge technology on hot research topics will not only be a great learning experience but will also be a window to great career options for international students. But to be able to capitalize such opportunities, you need to match your profile and research experience to your future goals. You must convey your genuine academic inclinations to the university through your applications and supporting documents.
Though this task is research intensive and very complex; it is the foundation upon which you need to build your admission plan.
Hence, the sooner you get started the more planned and effective your admission process will be.
So, what are you waiting for?
Get cracking right away!
If you have any doubts regarding specific universities, do comment below & we’ll get back to you!