With my interests surrounding automotive engineering and passion for programming, Renesas offered me a great opportunity to delve deeper into the world of embedded systems.
Sponsor: Renesas Electronics Europe
University: University of Birmingham
Degree Course: BEng Mechatronic and Robotic Engineering
What appeals to you about Electronics?
Electronics is incorporated into almost everything around us, and the endless opportunities that it has to offer is something that appeals to me. Knowing exactly where you see yourself in the future is often something that aspiring engineers struggle with, so the huge breadth of fields offered with electronics has been eye-opening. With its profound impact on modern society, it’s important to encourage young engineers to help be a part of the ongoing technological advancements, and to strive to achieve a more sustainable future.
Why did you want a scholarship with Renesas?
Whilst exploring the endless opportunities that electronics have to offer, I knew that the automotive industry was something I’d want to consider getting into post-university. With my interests surrounding automotive engineering and passion for programming, Renesas offered me a great opportunity to delve deeper into the world of embedded systems, whilst ranked #1 globally in the automotive semiconductor sector. The agile approach to projects, which was mentioned during my online interview, was another thing that stood out to me since it’s a methodology I was familiar with and incorporated into previous projects of mine; breaking down projects into milestones, whilst maintaining continuous collaboration with the team/users is crucial for customer satisfaction. Despite Renesas being a global firm, joining the SPRE team (formerly known as ARM/SDK) meant that I’d be working alongside a small group of engineers, working more closely with my team on commercial development.
What type work have you been involved with during your placement?
Despite only recently starting my 12-month placement at Renesas, I feel like I’ve gained a greater insight into microprocessor hardware, and a better understanding of peripheral interfaces and operation, whilst working with the RZ/N1D microprocessor for the bare metal environment. My work thus far has been familiarising myself with the module tests for the RZ/N1D board and creating sample applications to run on it, as a way of developing my skills and understanding. Within my first month, I managed to get my name onto the main development branch, by correcting one of the existing test files.
What are your interests outside of work?
In my spare time, I enjoy keeping active, whether that’s going to the gym, or playing football with some mates. I’ve always loved playing sports, so at university, I wanted to try something new, so joined the UoB Volleyball Society. The recreational sessions, alongside weekly socials, were a great way to meet new people and take a break from studies. Travelling has become a growing passion of mine, and I try to take the opportunity to visit new countries and try new things during my time off.