Navjot Khaira


PhD candidate in Electrical and Computer Engineering

Navjot Khaira
Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?

Choosing University of Waterloo for my graduate studies was the best decision of my life. I completed my Master of Applied Science (MASc) in electrical and computer engineering here last year and I am currently enrolled in the PhD program. The reason for my choice was that the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is well-known for its rigorous curriculum, excellent research, and outstanding faculty – shaping you to be the best in your field.

Why did you decide to study at the University of Waterloo?

The lab facilities at the University of Waterloo are among the premier facilities in North America. Innovative and cutting-edge research is possible here because of the state-of-the-art lab equipment and staff. I am grateful to have the opportunity to work at the Centre for Integrated RF Engineering, and the Quantum NanoFab Facility, which is a world class cleanroom right here at Waterloo. I am surrounded by the smartest students and researchers in the country; everyone is willing to work so hard.

Anytime you shake hands with someone on campus, it could be the CEO of the next big start-up company – after all, Waterloo is Canada’s version of Silicon Valley. An added bonus: the scholarships and awards here pay really well. I never had to worry about paying my bills, which kept me focused completely on my research.