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Aida Ebrahimi

PhD EE '17
Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering
Penn State University

Diversify your knowledge and don't be afraid to explore areas out of your comfort zone. The world is expanding, so should our knowledge.

Why did you choose to study electrical and computer engineering?

The knowledge we learn as Electrical Engineers (especially in Microelectronics and Nanotechnology major) covers a wide range of fields, including engineering, physics, and materials. This aspect has always been exciting to me.

Favorite Purdue ECE class or experience:

Dr. Supriyo Datta's class (EE594, Introduction to Nanoelectronics, I guess).

What organizations or activities were you involved in at Purdue? What did you gain from that involvement?

I was the Vice President of NSAC and a graduate ambassador for Discovery Park and Birck Nanotechnology Center. It opened my eyes to different research directions at Discovery Park. Also, it helped me improve my communication skills.

What are you doing currently?

I am currently an assistant professor of electrical engineering at Pennsylvania State University. My research is on devices and materials for sensing, biophysical studies, and energy conversion.

What are your ultimate career goals?

Developing a successful research program and a pioneer in the field.

How is your Purdue degree helping you achieve your goals?

Purdue ECE is one of the best programs in the US. The students are trained very well and we have a very strong background in device physics.

What advice do you have for current ECE students?

Diversify their knowledge and don't be afraid to explore areas out of their comfort zone. World is expanding, so should our knowledge.

What do you do in your free time?

Painting, watching movies, reading, hanging out with my friends.

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