Kurt Ferreira, PhD Candidate
Why did you choose WPI?
I was an undergraduate at WPI and also did my MS work here. When I decided to go for a PhD, I looked into (and was accepted by) several other universities, but I decided to stay at WPI because of the great learning environment.
What research projects are you involved in at WPI?
I’m working on a non-intrusive load monitoring (NILM) system with Professor Emanuel and with assistance from Professor Klein. NILMs take the measured voltages and currents from a single location (for example, at the utility connection to a factory) and attempt to identify all of the loads that are drawing these currents by finding certain characteristics of the measured waveforms.
How have the professors in the ECE department at WPI impacted your studies and your life:
I’ve really enjoyed working with Professor Emanuel. I can’t think of any specific instances of him being helpful and enthusiastic because he’s always helpful and enthusiastic. When parts of my research fell into areas with which he was a bit unfamiliar, he quickly found other people for me to work with in solving these problems. I’ve noticed that he’s also always willing to take time out of his busy schedule to help his students (regardless of whether they’re freshmen or graduate students).
What do you hope to do when you graduate? What would be your ideal job?
At the moment, I’m hoping to be a professor. I like teaching as well as research, so I think this kind of job would be a good fit for me.