Building on Curiosity: Fall 2020 Grad Andrew Miloshoff
December 2, 2020
In many ways, Andrew Miloshoff, ’20, was born to be an engineer, but it was his experiences at Purdue University Northwest that inspired him to want to become a professor.
“What I like most about Purdue Northwest, and what initially drew me to the university, was the smaller class sizes, hands-on learning and the professors who are willing to take time out of their day to engage in one-on-one time with students,” states Miloshoff, an electrical engineering major from Crown Point, Indiana.
From a very early age, Miloshoff took an interest in finding out how things worked, always taking things apart and putting them back together. “I want to understand and explain how and why things work and engineering seemed like the logical choice,” says Miloshoff.
While engineering was his main focus, he took the opportunity to explore other courses, adding depth to his educational experience. “It’s important to take other courses, expand your knowledge and add to your college experience,” advises Miloshoff.
What I like most about Purdue Northwest, and what initially drew me to the university, was the smaller class sizes, hands-on learning and the professors who are willing to take time out of their day to engage in one-on-one time with students
Miloshoff took full advantage of his time at PNW, serving as chair of the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE) student organization, where he led his team to first-place wins for design and community outreach at the evGrand Prix competition. He also participated in a range of community-outreach programs. These included helping scouts earn electronics merit badges with the Boy Scouts of America in addition to educating local high school students on engineering concepts and opportunities available at PNW through STEM on the Road.
He has been working as an engineering intern with the Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) since 2017 and spent a summer abroad in Chile. However, it was his turn as a teaching assistant for the Electronic Measurement Techniques class that introduced him to his future career path.
“My position as a teaching assistant introduced me to the concept of not just teaching students content but helping them understand concepts,” says Miloshoff. “It was satisfying to know they understood the material and how to apply it to the real world.”
In addition to a degree in electrical engineering, Miloshoff will be graduating with minors in Spanish and computer engineering. He is applying to graduate schools with the goal of starting a master’s/Ph.D. program in linguistics in fall 2021. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, he hopes to make a substantial impact in the field of linguistics utilizing techniques he mastered in the electrical engineering program.
Who Was Your Favorite Professor?
Khair Al Shamaileh, Assistant professor of Electrical Engineering
“He takes a personal interest in all of his students. He makes sure the material is straight forward and understandable. You come out of his courses fully understanding the material.”
- Andrew Miloshoff, ’20, Electrical Engineering