Rose Faghih, PhD
Rose Faghih, PhD
Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering; Director, Computational Medicine Laboratory, University of Houston
Houston, TX

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  • What I Do
    I am a senior in electrical engineering at the University of Maryland (UMD), College Park.
  • Why Engineering?
    Since elementary school, math and literature have been my favorite topics. I was always passionate to learn more about mathematics. Then, I attended the Exceptional Talents High School which provided me with a strong background in math and physics as basics of engineering. Since engineering is the best tool to employ mathematics and physics in a creative and innovative way, I considered engineering as my best choice of major. Also, my father is a professor of engineering, and attending engineering conferences with my father since childhood was my other motivation.
  • School Days
    I started my undergraduate studies at Montgomery College, Rockville; then, I transferred to the University of Maryland at College Park. I am currently a senior in electrical engineering, and will graduate in May 2008 with a B.S. in electrical engineering.
  • My Day At Work
    As an engineering student, I have participated in two National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) programs at Drexel University and University of Maryland. I have worked on optimizing a handheld resonance analyzer, and have written codes, and performed simulations for theoretical studies. Also, at the University of Maryland, I am member of different engineering groups such a Leaders of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, and Eta Kappa Nu Electrical Engineering Honor Society.
  • Best Part
    Engineering employs theoretical knowledge to build devices that are used in everyday life. That is the best part of being an engineer.
  • Proud Moments
    I have maintained a 4.0 GPA up to this point, which is my last semester of college. I have received different awards and scholarships, which makes me feel that my hard work has been rewarded. One of the awards that I like the most was Sonya Kovalevsky medal (named after the first women to receive a PhD in mathematics), which I received in my sophomore year. Also, the result of the last research experience that I participated in has been submitted for publication to Chaos, An Interdisciplinary Journal of Nonlinear Science.
  • My Family
    My mother is a Professor of economics, and my father is a Professor of engineering. I have one brother, who is also pursuing a B.S. in electrical engineering at the University of Maryland, and we have taken a few classes together. Furthermore, all members of my family are published authors.
  • Dreams and Goals
    My short term goal is to graduate with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, and attend graduate school next year. My long term goal is to obtain a Ph.D. in electrical engineering and work as a research professor.
  • Inspiration
    My family has always had the greatest influence on my life choices. I believe that my mother inspires me the most since she always supports my decisions and tells me she knows that I make the right choice.
  • Want to be an Engineer?
    Believe in your abilities; if you enjoy math and physics, you will find engineering very interesting. If I could do it, you can do it too. Never underestimate you talents, and you will succeed.
  • Additional Thoughts
    Rose has published two books of poetry, “Our world and Our Words,” and “The Beauty of Nature.”
  • Hobbies
    While I truly enjoy mathematics, I have been writing poetry since first grade of elementary school. So, one of my hobbies outside of engineering is poetry and literature. So far, during my years at college, I have published two books of poetry, “Our world and Our Words,” and “The Beauty of Nature.”
Dr. Rose T. Faghih is an assistant professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Houston where she directs the Computational Medicine Laboratory. Dr. Faghih has won multiple awards, including the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, an MIT Graduate Fellowship, the University of Maryland President’s Scholarship, and the University of Maryland’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Chair’s Award. In 2016, Dr. Faghih was selected by IEEE-USA and DiscoverE as one of the “ New Faces of Engineering ” for her work on neuroendocrine hormones. She has also been inducted into various honor societies including Phi Kappa Phi, Tau Beta Pi, and Eta Kappa Nu. Dr. Faghih has been writing poetry since first grade, and has published two poetry books. She also enjoys creating digital arts, and has exhibited her artwork at the MIT Graduate Art Soiree.
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Postdoctoral training in Brain and Cognitive Sciences, MIT; Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science with a Minor in Mathematics, MIT; Master of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, MIT; Bachelor of Science (Summa cum Laude) in Electrical Engineering (Honors Citation), University of Maryland at College Park.
Volunteer Opportunities
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  • I am willing to submit a one page description of “A Day in my Life” and answer questions from website visitors about the article for one month.
Latest Questions
  • Penelope, Salt Lake City

    Added Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 1:27 AM

    Hi, I’ve decided to go into engineering but I’m not quite sure which one is right for me. I’ve been told that mechanical engineering is one of the broadest engineering disciplines so that’s what I’ve decided on for the moment. All the engineering disciplines sound interesting to me however I think I have a stronger interest in both computer (programming aspect) and electrical engineering. I was wondering if I chose mechanical engineering would I be able to crossover and do things involving ...
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    Rose Faghih, PhD, University of Houston
    Answered Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 1:27 AM


    Dear Penelope,

    Generally, how hands-on ME is compared to EE depends on the curriculum in the particular university you are in. Though, generally, ME might be more hands-on than EE. In EE, core hands-on courses usually include a digital circuits ...

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  • Aavion .H., Sacramento asked Rose Faghih, PhD, University of Houston

    Added Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 8:41 AM

    Hello my name is Aavion and i want to be a engineer when i grow up but what i want to do is desgin. see i have this vision when i grow up to have a foundation where i can give foster kids a second chance at life, kind of like the make a wish foundation but for foster kids around the country. and i wanted to make a town with schools and stuff by the beach but i dont know how to do that. i know i need math and sience skills but i am not good at that any more. so please help!!
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    Rose Faghih, PhD, University of Houston
    Answered Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 8:41 AM
    Dear Aavion, Based on your description, I think you should study Civil Engineering in future. If you like to study engineering, as you mentioned, you should have a strong background in math and physics. To have a strong background in those topics, you ...Read More
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