When I found out I had been accepted into USC Viterbi, I was full of joy. But along with that joy came fear – I had no idea what to expect!
There are no precedents or playbooks or standard protocol when it comes to a PhD. There’s no existing method of doing something. There’s no training new recruits in the way things are “generally” done. You do things your way.
We sometimes feel that everything we do should be engineering-related and career focused. It’s easy to forget to look around and help others, when in fact this is the most important responsibility an engineer has to society.
There is a reason professors with PhD students are called “advisors”. We have a responsibility beyond just making sure our students gain technical knowledge. We must also help them navigate the emotional and professional challenges of life as a PhD student.
Sol Golomb’s final PhD student shares what it was like to work with the brilliant engineer.
My graduation this week has been possible because of my EE family: compassionate professors, hard-working students, and supportive staff. I thank them all for the learning experience and companionship.
John, I know you worked very hard and handled so many things with your patience, insight and intelligence. Day and night, weekend and holidays – for the school and for us. You might be a little bit tired. It’s time to take a break, get some sleep, and rest in peace.
New advancements in machine learning are getting the technology closer than ever to predicting the behavior of the most unpredictable of subjects – humans.
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