"The project was specifically selected by IDEX for me, which allowed me to work on something that aligned with my skillset and interests whilst also developing a system that was useful and useable for the company." Angus
University: University of Manchester
Degree Course: MEng Mechatronic Engineering
What appeals to you about Electronics?
I got into electronics by experimenting with robots and circuits as a child growing up. However, I only ended up taking Mechatronics after I received a visit from an Electrical Engineering student at College. I enjoy working in electronics because of the layers of abstraction that allow what are essentially just electrons flowing through a conductor to perform extraordinary tasks.
Why did you want a scholarship with IDEX?
IDEX appealed to me because it was an area of electronics I had never worked with before, and it intrigued me because it was this new technology that I wanted to understand and experiment with. Working at IDEX has allowed me to appreciate how complicated it can be to pay using a credit card! I also wanted to work for a smaller company as I hoped this would be more of a personal experience.
What type of work have you been involved with during your placement?
During my time at IDEX I worked with the System Validation Team, building an AI computer vision system to track the orientation and position of an IDEX card as a person used it to interact with a terminal. The team provided me with immense support throughout my internship, especially as my supervisor was a UKESF Scholar herself. The project was specifically selected by IDEX for me, which allowed me to work on something that aligned with my skillset and interests whilst also developing a system that was useful and useable for the company. I felt this enabled me to really excel at my internship.
What are your interests outside of work?
My interests at university include robotics, climbing and sailing. I actually used skills I learnt at IDEX to write automation scripts that allowed me to cut my robotics society workload by 90%, this means I now have more time to climb at my local gym.