Kamal Shah, MS Candidate

Hometown: Waltham, Massachusetts

Degree: MS, Robotics Engineering

Why did you choose WPI?
They have a great Robotics Engineering program. I was looking for a program tailored specifically to robotics, and no other schools in the area offer an MS program in robotics as their main discipline.

How has WPI's philosophy of Theory and Practice, as well as working with teams, been beneficial to you during your time at WPI?
Each course requires us to pursue and complete a project as a team. This helps foster creative thinking and brings new ideas to practice.

What do you consider WPI's greatest strengths?
WPI's greatest strength is its well versed faculty. The labs are well equipped to support our projects. The ambience at WPI promotes and inspires learning and creativity.

How have the professors in the Robotics Engineering department impacted your studies and your life?
My first grad course (AI) was with Prof. Beck. He would start his lecture by asking questions that would immediately get us thinking. This encouraged each class to be an interactive and enjoyable session.

Describe any research projects you are involved with at WPI.
The topic for my research is autonomous underwater vehicle trajectory planning, with Professor Padir as my advisor.

What do you hope to do when you graduate?
I hope to enter the field of underwater robotics.

Groups or extracurricular activities in which you participate at WPI
I am a teaching assistant for the undergraduate courses RBE 3001 and RBE 3002, and I’m part of the RIVeR Lab research group.

Academic or professional awards you have received.

  • Teaching assistantship

Additional comments you would like to include:
WPI has been a rewarding learning experience. Professors at WPI are very friendly and helpful.

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