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Meet Harkirat Singh
Meet Harkirat Singh

Harkirat Singh, 2004-2005 Maseeh Fellow

Harkirat Singh came to PSU from India, where he graduated from the prestigious India Institute of Technology (IIT) – Roorkee with a degree in electrical engineering.

As a Ph.D. candidate in PSU's Department of Computer Science at the Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science, Harkirat worked with Professor Suresh Singh on cross-layer design issues of TCP, Medium Access Control (MAC) and Routing protocols in homogeneous as well as heterogeneous wireless networks. He received the "Outstanding Graduate Student Award" in Computer Science in 2002-03 from the Maseeh College.

Harkirat developed skills in critical and analytical thinking from Professor Singh's approach to looking into a problem. While completing his Ph.D., he co-authored numerous papers on such topics as Improving TCP's Performance Over Wireless LAN, Smart-802.11 and Smart-Aloha MAC Protocols for Nodes Using Smart Antennas, and Exploiting Heterogeneity in Sensor Networks.

Harkirat collaborated with Intel Corporation on a research project, "Heterogeneous Sensor Networks," which resulted in an IEEE Infocom 2005 conference paper.

"The opportunities at PSU are plentiful," says Harkirat. "Faculty are willing to talk with you and explore possibilities. The curriculum is in-depth, broad, and relevant."

Harkirat defended his dissertation during Fall Term 2005 and is now working for Samsung Information Systems of America, Inc., in San Jose, as a protocol engineer in the wireless connectivity group.