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Curtis Martin

Curtis Martin
Graduation Year:
Spring 2015
"Ultimately, UGS turned out to be the best possible place for someone like myself that was transferring from a community college and trying to get into one of the most difficult degrees at UT. The UGS program allowed me to ease myself into the far more challenging courses that were required in electrical engineering, as well as providing me with an advisor who was caring and supportive of my progress."

Finding a Major
When I transferred to the University of Texas my primary choice was electrical engineering and my secondary was UGS. I was unable to get into electrical engineering due to a calculus deficiency so I was placed into the UGS program. To be honest, I was upset because I didn’t get into my primary choice and was completely unaware of what the UGS program was. Now I am truly grateful to the UGS program for helping me through a highly challenging first year.

I have always wanted to be an electrical engineer, specifically a power engineer, mainly because my father is one and he deeply inspired me. However, after an introductory course to computing, my interest and major changed to computer engineering. Without a doubt, computer engineering has been the best thing to ever happen to me and easily the most challenging. Over the past four years of hard work and long hours, I had to solely dedicate every aspect of my life to this degree, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Majoring in Computer Engineering
One aspect that I continually find incredible is that although we have come so far in computing, we are still very much in its infancy. It is a very rewarding feeling to know that I have entered one of the most cutting edge fields. Besides the limitations of Moore’s Law, the possibilities and growth potential are truly endless.

Extracurricular Activities
Throughout my engineering career I have successfully had an internship every summer since my sophomore year. My fist internship was in Austin working for ARM in their CPU verification department. I was lucky enough to get to work on the latest ARM chip that made its way in the iPhone6. My last two internships have been with Qualcomm here in Austin, working in their digital signal processor division. Undoubtedly, my internships have been the most valuable part of my growth and learning as an engineer. There is nothing quite like industry in academia.

Advice for UGS Students
From my college experiences, the best advice I can offer to any UGS student is to ensure the best grades you possibly can and establish a thorough network of friends and classmates. Good grades help immensely, but it is surprising how many opportunities can arise from a very solid network of your peers. UGS definitely gave me the ability to meet a wide variety of students early on, and to that I owe much of my growth.