university: University of Surrey
Course: MEng Electronic Engineering with Space Systems
What appeals to you about Electronics?
Even before school I was intrigued by electronics and tinkering, taking apart and rebuilding things to understand how they worked, but the enthusiasm my A-level Electronics teacher gave whilst teaching his subject, and the facilities they provided, allowed me to get a deeper understanding of the underlying hardware and software. It can be expensive to get started with electronics, so to have the support and the ability to bring your ideas into life was a great privilege.
Why did you want a scholarship with R-P-R?
The small size of R-P-R means that you are thrown in the metaphorical deep end – but that isn’t a bad thing. On the contrary, you have to hit the ground running, but you feel like a part of the team and are doing meaningful work almost immediately. You also get the opportunity to work with all areas of electronics rather than being confined to just ‘hardware’ or ‘software’.
On top of this, you get the privilege of working on a project from beginning to end, which allows you to find which areas you are good in and which you need to improve, and seeing the project coming together and taking shape is a benefit you are unlikely to get at a larger company.
What type of work have you been involved with during your placement?
Many wind and weather systems are located in difficult locations and harsh environments, and no system is bulletproof. So far I have been working on a system which aims to resolve common issues with our products such as sensor latch-up, wireless signal dropout and communications errors without human intervention. As this system was to be built from the ground up, I was lucky enough to be given the task of designing both the hardware and the software.
What are your hobbies and interests?
During my A-level studies I took the amateur radio exam and achieved my Foundation license, and I enjoy receiving and decoding publicly available satellite broadcasts such as the NOAA weather satellite transmissions. I am currently in the process of building a SatNOGS antenna rotator to track satellites more effectively and improve reception. I also modify and develop novelty console controllers. Outside of electronics, I like to visit classic car shows, and am currently in the process of restoring a 1969 Triumph Spitfire.