Sponsor: Nordson (previously vivaMOS)
university: University of Southampton
Course: MEng Electrical and Electronic Engineering
What appeals to me about Electronics
The technology used by our society is progressing at a rapid rate, and being part of this change, improving what has come before, has always been one of my ambitions. Even in my lifetime things that seemed ‘technologically advanced’ have now become completely obsolete. This rapid advancement is what drew me to electronics. I loved the idea of working on cutting edge devices and systems that could change people’s lives for the better.
Why I chose Nordson
I chose vivaMOS (now acquired by Nordson) due to their pioneering work on CMOS image sensors. My favourite university modules involved CMOS design and fabrication and working there seemed like an exciting opportunity to put my knowledge into practice. I chose a small company as I wanted to work alongside experts on projects that really made a difference while also learning more about how my electronics skills could be applied to the real world.
My work and responsibilities
During each of my summer placements, I was given a different project to work on. My first project focused on characterising the company’s new image sensor, which included circuit analysis, working on firmware and image manipulation. My second placement focused on the sensor’s enclosure and its cooling solution. I set up an investigation to improve the cooling solution as much as possible while aiming to reduce both the cost and complexity of the current design. During both projects, I was treated as an engineer and was given all the support I needed to make the most of my placements.
My main hobby outside of my university degree is designing theatrical lighting for amateur shows. In addition to this I enjoy spending time at the theatre watching professional productions. I also spend lots of time helping the university with events such as touring prospective students and running Q&A sessions on electronics.