Kaung Myat Win '13

Home: Burma (Myanmar)
Year of Graduation: 2013

Why did you choose WPI?
My country’s educational system is a theory-based learning system and I rarely had any project experience. I have a friend, my idol, now graduated, who told inspirational stories about his life at WPI and mentioned that WPI is the best project-based learning community and that no other college can give as much practice as WPI does. Immediately, I knew in my heart that WPI would fulfill my desire for practical experience and make me a proficient engineer.

How has WPI’s philosophy of Theory and Practice, and working with teams, been beneficial to you during your time at WPI?
Now that I am a sophomore ECE student, I have taken several theoretical classes combined with laboratory projects. From my experience back in my country, I figured out that learning only theories does not explain to a student how to use the material. WPI’s Theory and Practice (Lehr and Kunst) helps me fully understand the material while having fun with the related projects. Students work in teams in the labs and share knowledge both outside and inside the classrooms. I have learned a lot from my valuable lab-partners during all the lab-courses. They taught me how equipment works and even how the education system works.

How have the ECE professors helped you in your studies?
I had an intro to ECE class with Professor Makarov in 2009 Spring-term, one of the best classes I have ever had, with a lot of well-organized laboratory projects that stimulated my interest in Electrical Engineering. Prof. Makarov is extremely motivated in teaching students with the chalk-board, running from board to board and explaining without feeling exhausted. You will also see the chalk-stains on his face after class every day. I heard that the best professors live with chalk and he is definitely one of them.

What do you hope to do when you graduate? What would be your ideal job?
When I graduate, I would like to work in one of the major companies in my field that offers challenging projects and get experience first. Then I will apply to graduate school and pursue my interest in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Since I am also fond of teaching, I would like to be a professor at WPI, a dynamic learning community, where both students and teachers learn from one another.

Any other comments you would like to include?
I would also like to thank Professor Bitar for stimulating my interest in semiconductor materials. Microelectronics I (ECE 2201) is the best course with combined theory and practice. We learned a lot about LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes), MOSFETs (Metal-Oxide Semiconductor Field-Effect Transistor), and BJTs (Bipolar Junction Transistors) in a short period of time. This is definitely not a course to miss, even for non-ECE-majors.

Please list any other groups or extracurricular activities you participate in at WPI:
Karate Club
Chess Club
Burmese Student Association (BSA)

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