ECE Mentor Student Spotlight: Ryan Parker

November 15, 2023

ECE Mentor Spotlight

Ryan Parker

Major: Electrical Engineering

Classification: Senior

Hometown: Meridian, Mississippi


What is your favorite part about being a mentor for MSU’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering?
My favorite part about being a mentor is helping new students with engineering concepts early on so they can use them for future classes and their career.

What makes Electrical and Computer Engineering at Mississippi State a good choice for potential students?
The curriculum is constantly improving to better suit the needs of the students, and we do awesome things here at MSU. It is truly a unique experience that I would not receive elsewhere.

What ECE class has been your favorite class and why?
My favorite class would have to be Introduction to Electronic Circuits. It was the first class with exposure to actual circuit analysis, and it would always make me feel good when I solved the problems correctly.

What is your favorite part about being an ECE major?
My favorite part is telling people what we do in the building (like re-create lightning in the Paul B. Jacob High Voltage Laboratory) and having their jaws drop.

What are some activities or experiences that you have had as part of your major?
I mentor freshmen and transfer students as part of the Foundations in ECE and Foundations in Design classes, work in the Charles Hudnall ECE Makerspace assisting with senior design students and graduate students with projects, and oversee the department’s 3D printers.


The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Mississippi State University consists of 27 faculty members (including seven endowed professors), seven professional staff, and over 700 undergraduate and graduate students, with approximately 100 being at the Ph.D. level. With a research expenditure of over $14.24 million, the department houses the largest High Voltage Laboratory among North American universities.