Wednesday, December 08, 2004

The Last 'Project, Exam, Report, Presentation & Demonstaration'

Well folks, I completed my last 'Engineering' exam yesterday. And as for the other things that were mentioned on the caption....I got a whole two weeks to get them finished which explains my absence on blogspot.

Hmm...the discerning reader would have noticed the stress applied to the word Engineering :D. I have completed my required engineering credits for my Masters program. Therefore, I will never ever have to sit in front of a computer working on meaningless circuits and programs but will rather have the pleasure of job scouting on the wild wide web.

I promised my project mates that if I get an opportunity I would voice my team's concerns regarding the project to our ECE746 instructor.
Our Concerns
1. Projects should be problems that should have a solution, and it should be possible for an individual to solve it within a given time frame without killing himself.
2. After the completion of project you should get a sense of elation rather than relief. Well the feeling we got was "ahhhhhhh, the wretched thing is over"
3. A project should help stimulate your intellectual juices rather than give you a feeling of impotency. More importantly it should not make you think of changing professions...well to be honest I was thinking of an early retirement.

Ok I can never be so brutally honest to my Professor as he is yet to assign grades for the course.If you happen to pass through our lab and if you get to hear conversations like...

Hey dude that looks really awesome lay. man?Did you finger it man?
A girl might ask you probing questions like how long is it?
Woohoo! sweet mother of God 100,90 and 0.2009

Ok readers this is not a room with porn nodels in it, but this is a room with very smart layout designers(I am the only exception) and these are some questions that they ask each other. Let me transalate these lines for the folks who are fortunate enough to not know the V of VLSI. Cadence is a software tool that is extensively used for designing chips in the hardware industry. So the questions usually are like....How long is the chip? Lay means layout design for your circuit...layout is a semiconductor level representation of all the elements in your circuit. Fingering your layout...means a unique structure that would improve your efficiency.And the 100,90,0.2009 is the length,width and density of your design and not an over weight person with insect like legs.

Ok.... Ok wake up....I don't want this to be transistors101 for you guys. It was a frustrating 2 weeks and I am glad it is over but strangely I don't feel as happy as I used to when I was in high school. When the last of your exams were over in school all you had to think was what you were going to do for the break, catch up on all the movies that you missed and think of all the TV shows that you would watch. But, once you grow older, you are glad that the semester is over but you do have a feeling of 'What next?'. A small sense of inscurity, whether your plan of work will be approve, whether you will get a job?, whether you will get that elusive H1b...if worse becomes worst will you get a good job back home? A lot of questions run through your mind. But, I guess for now I will leave everything to God and get a few hours of sleep that I very much deserve.


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