Allan Anzagira

3rd Year
Electrical / Electronic Engineering
North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University

About Me

I earned a Bachelor’s degree Electrical Engineering from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. Most people always said that they wanted to be doctors at the early stages of life. I broke off from that when I had this craze for Astronomy after learning about the solar system. In my dreams, I always saw myself riding on this star and seeing other stars and planets. So I always wanted to be an Astronaut growing up.

What’s next for you?

I look to finishing my PhD program in the next two years and starting off my career with a faculty position in a University.

What do you do to unwind?

I play table tennis(ping pong) with my buddies. I also love to watch comedy. I have an awesome girlfriend and I look to having a very happy married life when I am done with my PhD program

My Research

Tell us about your graduate research

My research involves the formal and reliable design of small satellite systems. This entails the use of model based systems engineering together with formal techniques (such as Formal concept analysis) in designing small satellites. Small satellites are preferred in modern days over traditional satellites because they are less expensive and can be deployed in their numbers to form a wireless sensor network. As part of our research we seek to verify all requirements and eventually produce simulations of this system.

What motivated you to pursue this line of research?

Well, I have always wondered about what exists outside planet earth.  Going through electrical engineering and knowing about  communications that involves satellites revolving around the earth was intriguing. I got to know the vital role communications play in all aspects of technology and particularly the very significant role of satellites in our everyday activities ( Navigation, Banking, Timing devices,etc) I always wanted to be involved in coming up with crucial breakthroughs in this field

What is the coolest thing about your research?

My research is geared towards building and launching an HBCU CubeSat which is really cool.

What is the most challenging part of research for you?

My research delves a lot more into Computer science and some mathematical background I never had from my undergraduate program in Electrical Engineering. So I had to do a lot more work from that perspective. But Hey, I am now a Computer Scientist /Electrical /Systems Engineer / Mathematician which is so cool.

My Grad School Experience

Why did you choose to go to Grad School?

Personally, I had a passion for going into academia during my undergraduate program. The only way to fulfill this career goal was to pursue a doctorate degree which required several years in graduate school. That is why I left my work as an Electrical/Automation Engineer after 7 months in Industry to come back to school to pursue my PhD.

Do you ever feel discouraged? How do you get around that?

The graduate journey has not been easy this far. There are times when I experience some lows in the course of my graduate work. I have learnt over the period to break off from my regular schedules in times like these. I would try to take some time off from that work and come back to it with a fresh approach. This keeps me going.

Who are some of your biggest cheerleaders?

My family has been very supportive. My mum always places me on the top spot where ever I find myself. My siblings have set very high standards for me (being the last of six) to live up to. My friends and acquaintances have been very helpful this far and helped influence my decision to pursue graduate school. I remember being called Dr. Allan as well as Prof. Allan by some members of this support system while in the basic school. These people believed that I was going to achieve these heights in no time. I am very grateful for my friends at the graduate level as we help each other along this graduate journey. My teachers and professors have also been very instrumental to this point.

What has been the most useful life advice you have received?

I have always learnt to do what I love and be who I want to be. This is also said in another way as “Chase excellence and success will chase you pants down” from one of my favorite movies (“The 3 Idiots). This advice shaped my life and influenced my decision to pursue graduate school as I wanted to build my career in academia. I sincerely believed that if everyone did what they loved, life would be easier for us all.

What do you want to say to upcoming melanin genius?

Live up to your full potential and take advantage of every opportunity around you

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