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Ebuka Arinze

“A lot of what you will take away from the program will be the little things that you didn’t even think you would throughout the program…those intangible things, and that is what transfers the most when you leave.”

Whiting School of Engineering

Electrical Engineering, PhD 2018

Senior Product Development Engineer at Intel Corporation

Ebuka‘s Podcast Episode

In this episode, we discuss the role of mentorship in Ebuka’s decision to pursue a PhD in Electrical Engineering and throughout his doctoral experience, how he approached the decision to leave academia to work in industry, and his advice for connecting with people to help assess career goals.

Learn More About Ebuka‘s Story

Travel has always been a big part of my life. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention travel as part of my life story. I was born and grew up in Lagos, Nigeria. After high school, I came over to the U.S for college in Connecticut, then I moved to Maryland for graduate school studies at Johns Hopkins. Post-education, work took me out west to Portland, Oregon. All these life-changing moves have been interwoven with travel for pleasure which have enriched my outlook on life itself. In recent years, I have been fortunate to travel to different corners of the U.S in addition to international locations such as Canada, Mexico, England, and Turkey. Culture is beautiful and the world has so much culture to offer, some of which I have been fortunate to experience. The image pictured here is of a hot spring at Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming.

As I mentioned earlier, I came to the U.S right after high school in Nigeria. I was 17 at the time and it was an acclimatization that took quite a bit of time. One of the most important things that kept me going was a strong support system. My family and friends have been a crucial part of my ability to thrive in what has been a foreign land to me. It has been incredible to have accountability partners surrounding me to keep my head up and always ensure that I am living up to the best of my abilities. It is always important to have trustworthy people around you to celebrate your highs and comfort you during your lows. Thankfully, I have been blessed at different junctures in my life with folks who are representative of God’s love.