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Meet Your ECE Graduate Student Ambassador: Murat Ambarkutuk

Headshot of Murat; A person with brown hair stands in front of come monitors wearing their hair pulled back, wearing glasses, and a gray button down.

Murat Ambarkutuk, a Ph.D. student in the ECE department, is ready to answer your questions about being an ECE graduate student, accessing resources on campus and overall life in Blacksburg.

Q&A with Murat

Tell us where you are from and what you are studying at Virginia Tech.

I am a Turkish student that joined Virginia Tech in 2015 as a Master student in Mechanical Engineering department. Currently, I am continuing my studies as a Ph.D. student in ECE.

What you enjoy most about being a Virginia Tech student?

My favorite part about Virginia Tech is being a part of ECE's close-knit yet competitive program which has expanded my horizon as an international student. 

Tell us about your research at Virginia Tech.

My research at Virginia Tech focuses on how human motion can be observed with non-traditional sensing technologies. On that front, I am developing different probabilistic frameworks to improve the accuracy of energy-based localization techniques. I've been involved with many research projects under many different professors. Therefore, I can be a great resource for newcoming and current students to find their support network.

What advice would you give current and upcoming ECE graduate students? 

I believe that finding the right resources and community is the key for a successful graduate school experience. For this reason, I enjoy my current posting while enabling newcoming students to find the people for them.