EE is the perfect fit for problem-solver Miles Bennett. Seeking a union of his interests, he chose EE for its intellectually stimulating combination of applied mathematics, physics, and computer science. For Miles, EE was the answer to his quest for a comprehensive program.
How did you become interested in your research area?
I have always had a strong interest in math and physics because I love solving challenging problems. I enjoy understanding how things work and why various natural phenomena occur. Studying electrical engineering (and circuits and devices in particular) is fascinating in that you can apply math and physics to, in principle, understand how a system works from the ground up—spanning quantum mechanical descriptions of electrons to the implementation of signal processing algorithms in software or hardware. The number of interesting things you can learn in math, physics, and electrical engineering is endless, and it's really satisfying to see how a new piece of information fits into the larger picture of a functioning system.
Explain a project you're currently working on.
As an undergraduate at Stanford University, I have had the opportunity to participate in research as part of Prof. Roger Howe's laboratory. My current project, under the direction of Dr. Chaitanya Gupta, aims to determine the effects of magnetic fields on the electrochemical electron-transfer process. The results of this project not only benefit scientists in the fields of physics and electrochemistry, but also will see potential applications in magnetic sensor technology. While working on this project, I have been exposed to a variety of fields such as inorganic chemistry, electrochemistry, quantum mechanics, device physics, electromagnetics, and circuit theory.
Why did you choose Stanford EE?
When I first arrived at Stanford University as a freshman, I was considering majoring in physics or mathematics. At the time, I really had no concept of what an engineering degree actually entailed. After taking CS106A, I strongly considered the possibility of majoring in computer science. I was concerned, however, that an undergraduate degree in computer science would not provide a strong background in physics. After discussing possible career options and majors with several professors and students, I decided to major in electrical engineering because the EE program at Stanford provides an intellectually stimulating combination of applied mathematics, physics, and computer science.
What other activities are you involved with on campus?
I have really enjoyed being a course assistant for Engr40. It has been a wonderful experience to teach other students because it has helped me to solidify my own understanding of basic principles in electrical engineering and because it's rewarding to help others learn new concepts. Aside from engineering, I play squash at Stanford whenever I have time.
What are your career plans?
I'm still unsure of my future plans, but I would like to be involved in the development of new sensor technology either in industry or academia.