university: University of Manchester
Course: BEng Electrical and Electronic Engineering
What appeals to you about Electronics?
Electronics are now embedded in people’s lives and, as a millennial, I grew up surrounded by them. Whether it was in a TV, a microwave or, later on, a smartphone, electronics were all around me and their mystery intrigued me. I decided to follow this path as they are the past, present and future, making our lives more enhanced. Having said this, I want to be part of the evolution of electronics, a pioneer into the newly discovered fields that are going to bring improvements to human lifestyle. Currently, I have a special interest for Quantum Computers and, in the future, I wish to be part of the team that is going to bring them to commercial use. Until then, I am working to improve the existing chips and processors as they bring me most satisfaction at the level of knowledge I am at.
Why did you want a scholarship with Qualcomm?
Qualcomm is known to be one of the leading companies in the mobile department, with the performance of making the best microchips for devices and the achievement of creating 5G data technology.
Once I knew I wanted to work in the microchips section I decided that Qualcomm would be one of the best places for me to grow as it is the ‘secret’ behind millions of mobile devices. It has impressed me with a constant desire to improve the technology they are providing, but what is more admirable is how they are trying to enhance the performance of budget devices. Moreover, they are achieving these performances while protecting the environment and its employees, as one of their main goals is sustainability.
I wanted a scholarship with Qualcomm to determine whether it is a family that I would like to grow my career in, a place where I want to invest my intelligence in. I chose a role that was fit for my interest, microchips and got an insight as to what they have to offer for me in the future.
What type of work have you been involved with during your placement?
I was lucky to be working as part of a team, along with two other people, responsible for verifying the FPGA image generated for the emulation platform, making sure it was stable enough for the software team. We had to test that the features were available for all the use cases of the software team and make sure that the hardware team understood the requirements well enough and managed to put them into the newly generated image.
My responsibility revolved around two projects. For the first one I had to get used to the architecture and understand how everything is wrapped up together by making minimal changes to accommodate the new features of the microchip. As part of this phase of my internship I also developed scripts that automated some of the processes that the team had to do, along with bringing additional features that would make testing easier. As for the second project, I worked in getting it started up so I could get a taste for the things that are going to come in the next year, when I graduate.
What do you like to do outside of work?
What surprises most people is that during my university I managed to get a pet and, regardless of the hectic schedule, form a strong bond with him. Donut is a lovely budgie that gives kisses, says “Give me a kiss” and “Who’s a pretty bird”, and watches TV shows with me. He sits on the laptop while I study and sings every morning when I wake up. He has helped me with my home sickness and university stress, a strong pillar in my development.
In high school I used to read a lot and this has stuck with me through my time in the UK, although it has decreased due to the amount of work I had to put in for my course. Recently, I have been reading Karamazov Brothers by Fyodor Dostoyevsky and, apart from enhancing my cultural knowledge, it has helped me develop my English language skills and grow my patience.