Volume 2, Issue 3
Research Groups In The Spotlight
Rockwell Automation Sponsored Microwave Research Group
Meet the Rockwell Automa- tion sponsored Microwave Research Group, Matt Trotter, Mentor, and Constance Brown, Felipe Salazar, and Pujita Vijayvar- giya, Scholars. Their faculty
advisor is Dr. Tom Michaels.
Tell us what the Microwave Group’s project is about.
“I am mentoring students who are researching microwave non- destructive evaluation. They are studying all the different ways of finding defects in various materials such as cement columns, ceramic blocks, or even large carpeting rolls without destroying the
Tell us a little about your back- ground and why you chose engi-
“I am a PhD student from Texas. I got into EE in my high school physic's class. Electromagnetics is an interesting subject to me and it is part of my current research. I chose Georgia Tech because it was a good school with lots of industry connections and research funding. I also love the weather. I love to play basketball, travel, and
play video games.” Constance
“I'm from Savannah, GA. I was lucky enough that my school was specialized for engineering, so I was exposed to all sorts of things that I normally wouldn't have been like autoCAD tools, program- ming, etc. However, I knew that I was going into technology after participating in the robotics club at my school. I decided on Computer Engineering because it didn't make me choose between hardware and
“I’m a Colombian born Computer Engineering major at Tech. My journey for knowledge began when I was 13 years old, more specifically, when I began to read a Visual Basic 6 book that my brother had bought for one of his college classes. At that point, I submerged into the vast realm of computing. After being familiarized with the fundamental concepts of programming, I exhaustively read articles and tutorials online, bought books, etc. But I wasn't just into programming. The hardware aspect amazed me more than anything else, however it was much more difficult to experiment with since you'd actually need the hardware; yet I tried to under- stand it by reading. Now that I'm at Tech, however, every home- work, quiz, and lecture feeds me bits of that knowledge I long to obtain. The quality of the profes- sors is amazing. I couldn't be
anywhere else.” Pujita
“I am from India and I have been living in Kuwait since the past 9 years. I finished my high school in Kuwait. I developed an interest in Electrical Engineering during my high school itself. I always used to look forward to my physics and math classes and due to my inter- est in them I developed a firm grasp over important topics. I chose Georgia Tech due to its intensive program for electrical engineering and the vast range of opportunity it provides to its student — research facilities for
Why did you decide to partici- pate in the ORS Program?
“I got into ORS because I like to mentor. I've had good experiences with mentoring, and I will continue
to do it. I think ORS is great because it allows undergrad students an opportunity to get face time with people in the research field. It also helps them determine if they want to start a
career in research.” Constance
“ORSP was introduced to me by a fellow classmate. She seemed to enjoy it and I never thought that I would have a chance to research. This program has given me the best opportunity
I've ever had.” Felipe
“I began reading about grad school, and what was recom- mended in order to be accepted. Research was always considered to be a key qualification. Not only did I find research to be highly beneficial in terms of grad school, the experience and knowledge that could be earned from it was an extremely attrac-
tive factor. So here I am!” Pujita
“I heard about it during one of my ECE 1882 classes when Mrs Julie Ridings came to our class and talked to us about ORSP. It sounded like an interesting pro- gram and I signed up for it. I think the best part about ORSP is that it encourages freshman students like myself to build a comfort level and confidence to be able to work with other peo- ple with more experience. Working with upperclassman, I was under the impression that I would initially feel out of place. As it turns out, being a freshman actually works in my favor as I would gain a early exposure to research and learn to work with other people in a research
E-mail. Some love it and could- n’t live without it….others con- sider it a necessary evil. Students
regardless of your opinion,
remember that e-mail is your
official communication with Georgia Tech and it is your responsibility to check it daily—multiple times per day is even better. Important ORSP information is sent to you
regularly via e-mail. Avoid missing opportunities and deadlines by
staying on top of it.
THE MICROWAVE RESEARCH GROUP , (left to right) Felipe Salazar, Constance Brown, Matt
Trotter, and Pujita Vijayvargiya