University: Heriot-Watt University
Degree Course: MEng Electrical and Electronic Engineering
What appeals to you about Electronics?
I’ve been interested in the way electronic devices work from a young age. However, it wasn’t until later on in secondary school that I realised I could transform my love of designing and tinkering into an interesting career. This led me to pursue a degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Heriot-Watt University.
Why did you want a scholarship with Dukosi?
I’d known about Dukosi for several years prior to my placement through some past collaboration with HWRacing, Heriot-Watt University’s Formula Student team. Dukosi stood out as their wireless battery management ASIC technology was very interesting to me. Not only that, one of the primary markets for Dukosi’s technology was the automotive market, so it seemed like the perfect fit.
What type of work have you been involved with during your placement?
During my six-month placement, I worked on enhancing the RF capabilities of Dukosi’s ASICs. This involved signal processing algorithm development, software development in Python, and RF measurement and testing. Prior to this placement, I had very little experience with software development, and had to work hard to gain the required skills in a short timeframe. Overall, I really enjoyed my placement. The people at Dukosi are fantastic, and from day one I felt like part of the team.
What are your hobbies and interests?
I’m a fan of motorsport and transportation systems in general. This interest led me to joining HWRacing, which I have been a part of since I started my degree. I now spend almost all of my free time helping lead a team of over 70 students to develop HWRacing’s first running electric vehicle. Outside of engineering, I often go to concerts and enjoy walking.
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