Master of Applied Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering (MASc)

Parastoo BaghaeiWhy did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?

My interest in robotics inspired me to pursue an engineering degree in my undergraduate studies. After I graduated, I was left wanting to know more, and to spend more time doing robotics, so I decided to start my journey as a robotics researcher.

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

In my search to find out more about what I was passionate about, I came across my supervisor at University of Waterloo – her interests, and her work were exactly what I was looking for. The quality of robotics research and the resources available for me to do the research I wanted, got me excited about joining Waterloo.  Waterloo is a relatively young school with a different perspective on Engineering; I am enjoying my studies here.

What advice do you have for new graduate students?

My advice to new graduate students is to maximize your experience by getting to know the resources available to you (both academic and non-academic).  Get to know the amazing staff in the electrical and computer engineering department – you can always rely on them for help. Join a cause or a committee you are passionate about; you will meet like-minded people. Get to know the other students working in the lab. Initially, you might be like me and experience the ‘impostor syndrome’. Don't let this intimidate you – get to know the students and researchers; you will learn from them, ask for their advice.  You will find that you will ‘get there’ too, it's just the beginning of your journey. And remember, your supervisor and your department are rooting for your success!