Purdue University North Central alumnus Roger G. Brewer Jr. earned his Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering in May and today he is a graduate student at the University of Notre Dame, pursuing his Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering.
As he began the new fall semester, Brewer said that intends to center his studies on signal, image, video processing or controls.
“Those are the topics of my undergraduate studies that I enjoyed most,” he explained. “My senior design project involved signal processing and I enjoyed working on that.”
Brewer’s interest in electrical engineering began when he took a Project Lead The Way electronics course in high school that and found that the subject sparked his interest. “I have always enjoyed math and learning new things,” he said.
Project Lead The Way is the nation’s leading provider of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs for students in kindergarten through high school.
At PNC Brewer excelled in class, earning a perfect grade point average. In fact, Dr. Li Tan, professor of Electrical Engineering, noted that Brewer maintained an A+ average in Electrical Engineering.
How did he maintain his grades? “I attended and paid attention in all of my classes,” Brewer said. “I did and made sure I understood all of the homework assignments and I studied for all of the tests.”
He was also willing to help other students, serving as a lab assistant. “The students really liked him and appreciated his help,” described Tan.
It was a job that Brewer enjoyed, “I liked helping and teaching the students. I knew what they were going through. I had been at the same place just one or two years prior.”
When it was time for him to think about graduate school, Brewer applied to some of the best schools in the country. His outstanding academic record and personal history of achievement earned him acceptance to Texas A&M; University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and the offer of a full scholarship to attend the University of Notre Dame.
Brewer is confident that his undergraduate studies at PNC have prepared him well to continue his education at Norte Dame.
While completing his undergraduate research project, he noted that he not only learned a lot about the process of research, but he found that he enjoys it.
“Since I am going for a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering, which requires a large amount of research, the experience will help a lot in my graduate studies,” said Brewer.
After graduation, Brewer looks forward to working with signal/image/video processing and looks forward to eventually being in a research and development position, “Electrical Engineering is a very broad field. Specifically for signal processing I find the math and theory behind it very enjoyable.”
He took time to thank Tan, Dr. Jean Jiang, associate professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology and Jerry DeGroot, continuing lecturer in Mathematics, noting that “They have been an inspiration to me and have gone above and beyond as professors.”
“PNC is a great choice for cost and quality of education. The small class sizes and individualized attention helps you get the most out of your education.”