Hello there! I am Nosherwan Ahmed and I am in Electrical Engineering Class of 2021.
Waterloo Engineering in one word:
I choose Waterloo Engineering because:
I chose Waterloo Engineering for the enriching opportunity to integrate my in-classroom studies with real life experiences. Through the co-op program, I can gain relevant proficiency before I graduate, thereby giving me a competitive edge in the job market. It provides me with a novel opportunity to explore what I really want to do in the future.
The best thing about my program is:
The best thing about ECE is the perfect balance between theory and applications in a practical setting. I get to apply the knowledge gained in the lectures to practical problems in the lab. The courses here encourage creative thinking and practical problem-solving techniques. Moreover, there is exceptional support from professors, peers, and faculty staff. I enjoy the content I’m learning, specifically analyzing and building circuits, and ensuring their proper function.
About my Co-op experience:
I’ve gained a wide variety of experiences through my co-ops. I have worked for huge banks to small startup companies. I have created DevOps pipelines for multiple software development teams, and I have designed analog circuits to be used in medical devices. The teams that I have worked with have been great and really supported me, enabling me to learn new skills.
Working with Evertz Microsystems as Hardware Designer was one of the standout co-op experiences for me. I worked with multiple design teams to test, isolate, and fix hardware bugs for customers like Netflix that are using Evertz’s broadcasting solutions. Moreover, I revamped the automated test setup for new and existing products to ensure the highest level of quality assurance. I learnt a lot about digital hardware design, broadcasting systems, and video/audio transmission fundamentals during my time there. An additional perk of working at Evertz Microsystems was that I got to watch the entire FIFA World Cup 2018 on a broadcast grade TV right at my desk.
I wish I had known before I came:
There’s incredible support from faculty staff, professors and your peers. It is totally okay to feel overwhelmed at first. There are a lot of resources available to students, ranging from mental health resources to adulting. All you have to do is reach out.
Outside the classroom, I’m involved with:
Quite a lot of stuff. I am the Recruitment and Communication Lead for Engineering Ambassadors this term (Spring 2019). I am also one of the lead organizers for EngHack; a hackathon focused on solving real-life engineering problems. I work with the Engineering Society as Engineering Lounge (POETS) Manager. The best part of this position is I get to pick movies that play in the lounge. One of the other events that I am helping out with is Genius Bowl; a termly trivia competition where engineers show off their non-engineering knowledge. Lastly, I also play and referee intramural soccer to destress and keep myself fit.
One more thing about me:
I like to sketch out new and innovative layouts for airports in my free time. It is so much fun researching why certain things are done the way are done in airports, which makes one appreciate how much effort has been put to make your airport experience as smooth as possible.