Justin Blackman: ECE 1T4 + PEY

What made you choose your discipline?

ECE was very enticing to me because the discipline lends itself to “creating things” quickly and at little

cost – be it through coding software, or putting together circuits on a breadboard. I really enjoyed the

feeling of accomplishment that I had when finishing an APS105 or ECE110 lab.

What do you think about your discipline now?

“The opportunities I’ve had to work on really cool course projects has continued to surprise me.For

example, during the first semester of second year a friend and I made a drum machine for a design

project. Another project I worked on during the second semester of second year was a 3D surface

scanner made out of lego.

What are the difficulties you have faced in your discipline so far?

ECE comprises a lot of areas of research and industry, and therefore there are a lot of courses to choose

from as an ECE student. This, combined with the fact that we have almost complete control of our

schedules in third and fourth year, has made for a lot of tough decisions regarding course and area-of-
specialization selection. It was very hard for me to choose what I wanted to specialize in, and I think

most people in the program have felt the same way.

What are the post grad opportunities in your discipline?

CEs are in particular demand, as anyone who has seen the PEY job postings will confirm. We get a few

emails every month asking around for programmers to do odd jobs, which also hints at their demand.

I have heard of lots of jobs in California for the EEs (and CEs too), both for PEY and after graduation. A

nice thing about ECE is that there are lots of opportunities both in large corporations, and start-ups.

If you were to choose a second discipline, what would it be?


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