university: University of Southampton
Course: MEng Electronic Engineering with Industrial Studies
What appeals to me about Electronics
Electronics is incredibly exciting, shaping the future through innovation. It’s constantly evolving, offering infinite opportunities at university and beyond. There’s never an end to what I can learn or how far I can branch out; asking 100 Electronics Engineers what they do would get me 1,000 different answers!
Why I chose UltraSoC
I wanted to learn what makes companies work, from the engineers, marketing, and even executives. A start-up, especially with UltraSoC’s blend of hardware and software, seemed the perfect fit. I was also amazed by the spectrum of industry players working with UltraSoC. When I first met the UltraSoC team during my interview, I knew I’d made the right choice. They made me feel welcome, and I was already laughing with them while learning so much!
My placement and its value
My placements with UltraSoC have been fantastic, they make me feel truly valued, and a member of their team! Last year I developed customer demos for a new method of configuring UltraSoC modules. Combining high-level languages such as Python with hardware-level understanding of FPGAs was challenging and exciting, as I was ‘learning by doing’. Now, through my ‘Industrial Studies’, I’ve started a 12-month placement with UltraSoC as Software Engineer, working on Secure-CAV. This is an innovative project investigating and mitigating cybersecurity threats to Connected and Autonomous Vehicles. Although I’m a Software Engineer, I’m developing my Electronics skills, using C on SoCs to interact with UltraSoC’s modules through FPGAs. Besides Electronics, UltraSoC have taught me that it’s people who really make a company special; ‘company culture’ is far more than a buzzword!
I see strong connections between engineering and art, as both encourage out-of-the-box thinking. Whether through life drawing sessions, creating mixed media installations, composing pieces on the piano, or designing fonts, art makes me a better engineer by making me pay attention to details (invaluable for debugging!) and appreciate the sociocultural impact of my engineering work. To give back to my community, I’m coordinating Southampton Hub’s ‘Invent Plus’ outreach programme, introducing disadvantaged schoolchildren to engineering through practical workshops, to narrow the STEM gap. I also go gliding, but not remotely! To maintain my interest in aerospace I joined the Spaceflight society, working on a CubeSat ground station.