College professors are already pretty classy. I mean, there aren’t many people who you call ‘professor.’ In fact, most titles are just two syllables. Professor is three, which makes them one syllable classier than any other title of people (except for ’emperor,’ maybe).
But it takes a special breed of professor to go outside of their university and actually touch the rest of the world. Don’t get me wrong–universities are wonderful and productive and we get a lot of knowledge from them, but they’re also islands, in that a lot of university people keep themselves to universities and other university people.
There’s a professor at PSU named Dr. Marek Perkowski who steps out into the rest of the world, and really gets involved. He must just love teaching, because one of the things he does is teach an informal class for teenage students called “Sunday School on Quantum Robotics.” And there’s nothing about the name of that class that isn’t cool (to be clear, quantum robotics isn’t that corny TV show, Quantum Leap).
At this school he’s found some really inspiring kids, four of whom have gone on to win some prestigious awards. And they’re still not even in college! Arushi Raghuvanshi, Yushi Wang, Sidharth Dhawan and Edison Tsai collectively “won multiple awards in science fairs, created new quantum circuit synthesis algorithms to surpass the best previously existing ones, built an intelligent robot controlled by a simulated quantum circuit, and some went as far as meeting with President Obama and being mentioned by name in his speech he gave at Intel in Beaverton.”
Dr. Perkowski himself is from Poland, where he got a Masters degree in both Mathematics and Electronics, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science (called “Automatics” in Poland). It’s really cool that a guy with a background like that takes the time to teach younger folks. He really wants to foster interest in his engineering.
Read what I read
- The PSU Electrical and Computer Engineering homepage.
- PSU article: “Dr. Perkowski’s young students sweep a multitude of awards, dominate science fairs.” — Perkowski describes these four students in detail, in this article.
- Profile on Dr. Marek Perkowski
- Dr. Perkowski’s PSU homepage
- And some additional stuff you could do as an ECE major: