Where are they now? Sheeraz Ahmed

Masterstudents come and go... after an intensive period working in the group, they return home, find a job or have other opportunities they take. We don’t always know where they go, how they are and how they experienced their time at TU Delft. We asked Sheeraz Ahmed, a Masterstudent who graduated on the 31st day of August, to share his story.

“Success isn’t a result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire.” -Arnold H. Glasgow

My name is Sheeraz Ahmed and I truly believe this statement for achieving any life goals. I came to Delft in Mid-August 2017 from Pakistan to pursue my master studies from TU Delft. The sufficient exposure to RF and microwave subsystem during my previous tenure at a public sector research organization became the major factor as I chose to study Telecommunications and Sensing Systems (TSS) track in Electrical Engineering as my specialization. The applied research in Microwave Sensing, Signals and Systems (MS3) group for sensing systems applications including various radar systems, remote sensing and advanced data processing methods was quite fascinating for me. Furthermore, a practical learning experience with state-of-the-art multi-sensor facilities on the roof of the EEMCS building combined with a comprehensive yet flexible coursework and a co-operative international academic environment to address real-life problems became an added bonus.

During the long two-year journey of my master studies, it took me some time to adapt a different academic environment and a bit speedy quarterly examination system. However, I enjoyed being part of an enthusiastic environment, made amazing international friends and got ample learning experience from quite resourceful academic personnel. Specifically, working in MS3 group at TU Delft has been the best educational and research experience I have had till to-date. With the consistent encouragements from various members of this group in all my educational hurdles and research problems enabled me to push myself even further in my learning skills to achieve the prestigious master’s degree. On this note, I would like to mention prof.dr. A. Yarovoy, dr. Oleg Krasnov, Pascal Aubry and Max Ian Schöpe explicitly, and other colleagues in general, for their encouragements, motivations and valuable discussions to resolve research issues.

Apart from the pioneer research activities and education system, the life in Delft is calm and peaceful with amazing people, historical city attractions and iconic blue Delftware, with an exception of unpredicted weather with a lot of rainy days (which is very annoying sometimes  ). As I finally made it this far, I am certain that I will be able to play a critical role and be a part of the better future tomorrow.

Sheeraz Ahmed Pakistan, November 2019