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Elise Donkor

Donkor, Elise-place“UMBC’s diversity creates an environment where so many people from different cultures with all sorts of interests and passions come together to team. It is truly a unique experience.”

 

Major: Computer Engineering

Hometown: Columbia, MD

Campus Activities: Honors College, Meyerhoff Scholar, URA (Undergraduate Research Award) Scholar

What do you love about UMBC?
UMBC’s diversity creates an environment where so many people from different cultures with all sorts of interests and passions come together to team. It is truly a unique experience.

What would you say to a prospective student?
Engineering classes may seem daunting at first especially if you are new to programming or other core concepts. I certainly struggled in the beginning but I quickly found my passion. UMBC provides so many amazing opprotunit8ies for students: internships, research opportunities, and scholarships are all readily available. Keep looking for new opportunities and don’t be afraid to apply! There are many exciting fields out there: cybersecurity, signal processing, computer vision, etc. Use your time here at UMBC to explore these fields through classes, internships, and research until you find what interests you!

What has been your favorite class at UMBC?
I really enjoyed my Machine Learning and Computer Vision electives. I was able to incorporate the concepts I learned from those classes into my undergraduate research. They also solidified my interest in artificial intelligence, which I plan on exploring more in the future.

What are you researching?
I conducted research at UMBC’s Energy Efficient High Performance Computing Lab with Dr. Tinoosh Mohsenin. Specifically, I worked on building accurate machine learning algorithms to detect abnormalities in ECG signals from patients suffering from arrhythmia. The work was funded by UMBC’s Undergraduate Research Award (URA) and presented at URCAD (Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement Day 2016.

Where did you complete your internship?
The Career Center on campus is phenomenal. I was fortunate enough to work at some really great places: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (Greenbelt, MD), General Electric (Trevose, PA), and Amazon.com (Seattle, WA). Internships are a great way to see new cities and meet some pretty amazing people.

What do you hope to achieve after you complete your degree at UMBC? I will be working as a consultant for Microsoft Corporation – implementing technical solutions for some of Microsoft’s biggest clients. I am looking forward to strengthening my skills in software engineering and medicine learning while also travelling over the country! I plan on completing a Masters degree in Computer Science with a concentration on machine learning and artificial intelligence part time while working.

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