University: University of Edinburgh
Degree Course: MEng Electronics and Software Engineering
What appeals to you about Electronics?
Electronics is a great way of getting to understand how technology works, from the low-level hardware to the high-level software running on the circuitry. Applying theories that I have spent many years studying, to a subject with so much diversity, challenge and societal impact as Electronics is rewarding and fulfilling!
Why did you want a scholarship with Leonardo?
Leonardo is a multinational company that carries out a wide range of different projects on the cutting edge of technology. Leonardo Edinburgh specialise in designing and developing electro-optics and radar systems, many of which are deployed on some of the worlds most advanced aircraft such as the F-35 Lightning II and the Eurofighter Typhoon. Working in an environment where innovation and excellence is promoted so heavily, while being giving the opportunity to contribute to meaningful projects as a placement student made accepting an offer to work at Leonardo a no-brainer for me.
What type work have you been involved with during your summer placement?
So far at Leonardo, I’ve worked with hardware and firmware teams on projects that include production verification testing, specialist testing equipment design and development, computer vision applications developed for FPGAs and I’ve also worked on various STEM outreach activities. I found my firmware engineering placement very interesting and relevant. Firmware covers both higher-level programming and lower-level hardware design in the same area, which allows me to use skills from both the electronics and computer science parts of my degree.
What are your interests outside of work?
In my spare time, I enjoy playing squash, going top rope climbing and taking my mountain bike out on trails around Scotland. I’m also interested in the automotive industry, which led me to join the University of Edinburgh Formula Student team, where we design and construct a racing car to compete in Formula Student competitions.
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