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Faculty Profile: Amir Esmailpour

Release Date:
6/8/2014 9:00 AM
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Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science

Faculty Profile: Amir Esmailpour

"I chose UNH because, as a smaller university, we are able to focus on teaching in the classrooms while offering students the opportunity to engage in research. We prepare our students for the industry."

What is your educational background?

My interest in the field of engineering was sparked when I sent my first email. It was such a new concept (almost twenty years ago), and I wanted to learn more about data networking. I have B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Ottawa and Ryerson University, both in Canada. I completed my Ph.D. in Computer Science and Computer Engineering with a focus in IT and Telecommunication at the University of Guelph in Canada. My postdoctoral fellowship was done at the University of Toronto, where, years later, I also taught.

How long have you taught at UNH, and what courses do you teach?

I have been teaching at the University of New Haven for almost three years. I chose UNH because, as a smaller university, we are able to focus on teaching in the classrooms while offering students the opportunity to engage in research. We prepare our students for the industry. I teach all network engineering, telecommunication, wireless, and C++ programming courses. I am currently also working with several students on researching 4G wireless networks, their security, and quality of service.   

What experience do you bring from the professional field into the classroom?

I worked at Nortel for over seven years as an Optical Works Administrator before transitioning to a position at Cisco and Daimler Chrysler in Toronto. I worked in their IT Department  as a Senior Head Engineer in Networking. I was in charge  of telecommunication and wireless networking — connecting, maintaining, and troubleshooting all of the plants to the head office through a wireless network.

What advice would you give to prospective students and their families?

Before choosing a program, try to set goals and long-term achievements for yourself to help figure out what you might want to do, career-wise. Make sure to ask yourself, “What will I be able to do with this degree in my life?” Look at the job market, and see if graduates are being hired from a specific program.

What are some fun facts about you?

I am a big fan of “The Simpsons.” Homer Simpson is my favorite character. While pursuing my Ph.D., I even used pictures and characters from the show during a presentation — everyone was laughing!