Nancy Ezeifeoma will be graduating with a BS in electrical engineering (EE) in January 2024. She transferred to the SoE as a sophomore, where she quickly found a pathway to academic and career success as a major in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. 

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Why Rutgers? 

My decision to enroll at Rutgers was driven by its reputation for challenging students in the right areas, particularly in the School of Engineering. Another motivating factor was Rutgers’ commitment not only to academic excellence but also to student career development. 

What drew you to ECE? 

While knew earlier in high school that I wanted to pursue an engineering major, I was uncertain about the specific engineering discipline I should pursue. After taking Intro to Engineering,it quickly became evident to me that electrical engineering was the path I wanted to follow, as I believed it would provide a strong foundational base for my engineering career. 

What do you most like about your major? 

I enjoy being an EE major due to its profound interconnectedness with various facets of engineering, as well as its relevance to all aspects of the technology industry. This amplifies our career prospects and opens doors to a multitude of opportunities. 

What do you most like about the ECE faculty? 

I hold appreciation for the faculty within the ECE department for their invaluable guidance, as well as for esteemed advisors, mentors, teaching assistants, and professors across various engineering domains. They prioritize our best interests, which contributes to our success in achieving undergraduate goals. 

Have you had any internships? 

I’ve completed two internship experiences at Bank of America as part of their Global Technology Analyst Program, working during the past two summers as an intern in data engineering and business analysis. 

As a data engineer, I created and executed queries in the bank’s database systems used to generate fictitious consumer data used for testing user applications and preserving real customer data. I also helped formulate source-to-target mapping documents, which transferred data from the primary database system to lower-level systems.  

As a business analyst, my responsibilities centered on project and program management, such as designing a framework for the intake process aimed at automating service request creation for developers. 

What are your future plans? 

After graduating, I’m going directly into the professional field and am appreciative of the full-time position I have as a technology analyst at Bank of America. Additionally, I plan to go to graduate school one year into my career to further enhance my professional and personal development. I believe that life unfolds in unexpected ways, and I’m looking forward to what the future holds. 

What advice do you have for future students? 

One piece of advice that has always resonated with me is the importance of getting involved, regardless of the extent of your participation. It can be daunting when you’re just starting out and are unsure of whom to connect with. However, reaching out to a professor in your desired field can be a fantastic initial step. The entire faculty is genuinely invested in our success and share our aspirations for excellence. Leveraging internship, research, career-related, or networking opportunities through active involvement in school activities lays a solid groundwork for embarking on your future career. 

What three words best describe your SoE experience? 

Formidable. Enlightening. Beneficial.