Student Profile

Soheil Eshghi

Electrical and Systems
Engineering PhD 2016

My choice was made due to a range of factors: Penn's ESE department is quite small, which means a lot of face-time with faculty. (And) Unlike schools with a strict STEM focus, Penn has a smorgasbord of schools and foci, and ample opportunities for collaboration and learning. As my professional interests have changed during my career, I have continuously found new fields and collaborators from across Penn's schools eager to combine our intellectual resources. I had also heard that choosing the city is just as important as choosing the school and…that has been 100% true. Finally, Philly… is a large enough city that there's always something going on, and small enough that it's not overwhelming. (And) Penn's name opens doors!

More than 250 years ago, Benjamin Franklin, founder of the University of Pennsylvania, envisioned an academic institution where classical learning would be united with a sound practical education in the arts and sciences. In Ben's own words, students ought to receive everything that is practical and everything that is ornamental. Today Penn, the oldest university in the nation, is fulfilling that vision by preparing students for a technological world, a world where leadership goes to those who have learned how to combine the practical and the ornamental.

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