Sponsor: ON Semiconductor
university: University of Southampton
Course: MEng Electronic Engineering with Artificial Intelligence
What appeals to you about Electronics?
I, like many, have always found it far easier to form an intuitive understanding of mechanical systems than electronic systems. This is the reason I tend to give when asked why I went into electronics. However, I think the real reason was that I watched the 2008 Iron Man film and wanted a garage like his. Having embarked upon my degree, I can’t see myself ever leaving the field. It so exciting, far-reaching and impactful; nothing else quite compares.
Why did you want a scholarship with ON Semiconductor?
I chose ON Semiconductor because of the UK design team and the work they do. They design image sensors for the automotive sector. A task made ever more interesting as manufacturers push for more autonomous cars requiring more advanced sensors. After a few hours spent with some of the team on the interview day, it was clear they had a huge wealth of experience while also being easygoing and brilliant teachers. The company was the icing on the cake, the market leader in a large number of sectors (including automotive image sensors) and simultaneously an Ethisphere World’s Most Ethical Company.
What type of work have you been involved with during your placement?
I have been given a huge amount of choice at the beginning of each placement, being offered projects across many disciplines. In my first year, I worked on automating the imaging lab and later worked on a sensor’s firmware. This year, I investigated the feasibility of a design change suggested for the platform’s health monitor. All these projects involved me solving real problems but problems without any time pressure. I enjoyed a large amount of autonomy, but everyone in the office made themselves available whenever I needed guidance. This was the perfect environment to foster learning; I continue to realise just how much I learnt on placement.
What are your hobbies and interests?
I rarely say no, which leads me into doing all manner of fun activities. My favourite of these at the moment is kitesurfing, a sport I will drop everything to do when the weather is good. Another of these activities is Southampton Robotics Outreach. This is a society which creates robot kits, teaches kids about robotics and hosts large competitions. I love all of this, especially the teaching.