2010-2011

ECE Limerick Project Centre Students Meet the Mayor of Limerick

While spending A Term in Ireland working on their MQPs, two Electrical and Computer Engineering teams had the opportunity to meet the Mayor of Limerick, Ireland, Maria Byrne.

(L-R) Corell, Collins, Nagpal, Mayor Byrne, Vecchiarelli, Bhalla, DeSantis

While spending A Term in Ireland working on their MQPs, two Electrical and Computer Engineering teams had the opportunity to meet the Mayor of Limerick, Ireland, Maria Byrne. James Corell ’11 ECE, Travis Collins ’11 ECE, Ksitij Nagpal ’11 ECE, David Vecchiarelli ’11 ECE, Manu Bhalla ’11 ECE, and Patrick DeSantis ’11 ECE are working in Ireland at WPI’s Limerick Project Centre.

According to Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Alexander Wyglinski, the teams’ MQP Advisor and Director of the Limerick Project Centre, “the meeting was arranged by the Limerick Project Center’s local coordinator, Charlotte Tuohy, with no specific purpose other than to provide these students with an awesome experience.”

Collins, Vecchiarelli, and DeSantis are working together on their MQP entitled, Green Cognitive Radio Communications for Heterogeneous Wireless Access Networks. Nagpal, Corell, and Bhalla are working together on their MQP entitled, SmartTour – A Multi-Dimensional Approach to Campus Navigation.

MQPs through the Limerick Project Centre involve working at local electronics firms and research facilities.  Students spend 10 weeks in Limerick, working fulltime in collaboration with local engineers on the projects. MQPs in Limerick typically focus on analog and mixed-signal hardware design, digital design and embedded systems, signal processing and communications, and software engineering.

The Major Qualifying Project (MQP) is a high-level design or research project in the student's major field. Through the MQP, every WPI student has the chance to experience the kind of real-world problem solving that will soon characterize their professional careers. With an MQP on their resume, WPI students have a leg up on the competition when it comes to launching careers or gaining admission to the best graduate schools. The MQP involves problems typical of those found in the student's professional discipline and often addresses economical, ethical, and safety issues. These qualifying projects are far from trivial; each requires a substantial part of an academic year.

September 24, 2010

 
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