Student Profile

Nicholas McGill

Robotics MSE

Penn Engineering has dedicated faculty doing thought-provoking research, and teaching equally though-provoking courses. I chose Penn for grad school because it allowed me to get closer to this set of faculty that are so inspiring. I had the opportunity to work one-on-one with Dr. Dan Lee doing an independent study project building a soccer playing humanoid robot.  Just before graduating, I was immersed in the emerging field of brain computer interfaces through Dr. Brian Litt's excellent project-based course. Penn just has classes and professors you can't get anywhere else.

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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