university: University of Southampton
Course: MEng Electronic Engineering
Why I chose to study Electronics
To me, Electronics represents more of an artistic subject in which I can realise my creative aims than an engineering subject. Yes, it requires extensive knowledge of theory in order to make things work both efficiently and safely, however the ability to learn something and immediately put it into practice provides a rewarding aspect that I have only ever found in artistic expression. Moreover, in the modern age Electronics is vital to understanding the complex technologies which allow the world to function.
Why I wanted a scholarship with STFC
I initially applied to STFC due to their work in a number of different microelectronic disciplines. Furthermore, the research campus in which they are situated seemed to fit my style of working much more comfortably than many other companies. STFC aids many institutions across Europe and as such I thought it would be a great way to immerse myself amongst the wider Electronics community.
The type of work I’ve been involved with during my placement
During my placement I aided in the development of a design course that STFC runs. In the process, I learnt useful analogue IC design skills and how to use the Cadence analogue design tools. In my project creating a transistor-level linear regulator I was able to make decisions freely on how I wanted the project to proceed. In addition to all of this, I came to understand what it meant to work amongst a team of helpful and kind individuals.
My personal interests
In my spare time I am an avid boulderer having recently discovered climbing as both a mental and physical challenge. It allows me to have a healthy release to work stress whilst not forcing me to work out in a way I find too repetitive. Additionally, I enjoy playing both the saxophone and guitar in my free time to unwind.