Sponsor: EDA Solutions
university: Cardiff University
Course: BEng Electrical And Electronic Engineering
What appeals to me about Electronics
My interest in Electronics extends from my interest Physics, Maths and my intrigue into how the electronic devices around me worked. I grew up with an electronics design engineer for a parent and found it fascinating to learn how designers solved different problems and the physical principles behind both the problem and the solutions. A-level Electronics strengthened my interest as the practical implantation of my interest in Physics and Maths; this allowed me to understand and design circuits/systems which solve challenges in our modern world. The industry is continually providing new challenges in design in the never-ending quest for smaller form factors, better performance and more features.
Why I chose EDA
EDA Solutions is a company that provides support for full flow industry standard Mentor-Graphics/Tanners ASIC and MEMs software design tools. The company offered a good opportunity to become a key part of a small application engineer team; this would enable me to gain experience and knowledge across the start the start to finish of ASIC design flow, using industry standard tools, and to gain a great commercial awareness of the industry through directly interaction with customers.
The type of work I have been involved with
My role as an application engineer was to work directly with all our customers in Europe, to quickly assist them with their EDA tools design environments whenever any problems arose in any part of their flow. I also wrote C++ and TCL script to add tool functionality and quality assure the deployment of process design kit libraries, which customers use for schematic entry, silicon layout, verification and tape out to a foundry for fabrication. Additionally, I have been given opportunities to travel to different countries for technical training, and mentor a school team through the Go4SET challenge. For me this work has been invaluable chance to improve my communication, knowledge and experience competencies within the industry.
My interests include hobby electronics and riding my bike. During the internship, I liked to cycle to work and do weekend bike rides. I also have also a keen interest in flying, clocking over 15hrs of flight time across different aircraft types and I have completed a gliding scholarship scheme.