Name: Philip

Sponsor: AMD

University: University of Edinburgh

Degree Course: MEng Electronics and Computer Science

Why I chose AMD

What appeals me to electronics is how it underpins our modern world and where minor enhancements can lead to significant real-world impacts. However, it’s not just their functionality. There is an intrinsic beauty in the complexity behind electronics such as CPUs. It lies behind the collaborative innovation, the relentless effort, the vast knowledge that unites to create something deceptively small.

Why did you want a scholarship with AMD?

When AMD joined the scholarship scheme in 2022, I only applied to them. This decision was driven by AMD’s position at the forefront of the electronics industry, showcasing their remarkable ability to master the complexity inherent in chip design. AMD’s diverse range of offerings, including CPUs, GPUs, FPGAs, and more, perfectly aligns with my passion for intricate electronics. AMD therefore aligns with my passion for intricate electronics, and provides the opportunities to learn about the different applications of electronics – which was definitely the case during my internship. Most importantly, AMD pushes the boundaries, and teaches you how to.

What type of work have you been involved with during your placement?

Before I began my internship, I had expressed an interest in Machine Learning (ML). My task reflected that – I investigated novel applications of Machine Learning (ML) in the communications space. The opportunity allowed me to learn about communications, the signal processing chain, grounding the theory, concepts that I had learned in University. I also learned about ML in the novel ways that research proposes to apply it to different areas, and the frameworks that are used to accelerate development. Ultimately, it helped me learn about a technology I was interested in, and ground learned theory in real applications.

What are your hobbies and interests?

I enjoy trying new sports! I currently fence, and am trying out kayaking. I also enjoy watching them, especially Formula 1. I’m also a part of the Formula Student society within my university, where we work towards our goal of building an autonomously driven electric car.


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