University: University of Nottingham
Degree Course: MEng Electrical and Electronic Engineering
What appeals to you about Electronics?
Electronics is such a vast field that touches almost every corner of modern society, meaning that it can be used to create a genuine, wide-reaching impact on the lives of many. This gives the opportunity to improve the quality of life for many across the world, and hopefully work towards creating a sustainable future. The analytical problem-solving nature of engineering makes work incredibly satisfying, especially when a project that has taken a huge amount of effort finally works.
Why did you want a scholarship with Vision4ce?
I wanted a scholarship through the UKESF as I felt I needed true real world experience that can only be gained in industry, and not a university lecture theatre. Vision4ce appealed to me as they develop impressive computer vision and AI technology, which is amazing to see in action. Vision4ce being a smaller, engineering-led company also reassured me that I would be truly immersed in the team and be able to work alongside like-minded people on a genuine project.
What type of work have you been involved with during your placement?
During my summer placement at Vision4ce, I worked on a project to create automated system testing in order to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of testing before systems are shipped to customers. This was significantly more programming work than I have had the chance to work on during my time at university, which built my software engineering skills in terms of OOP programming on a large scale and designing GUIs. It was great to work on a genuine project that will actually be used as it makes the hard work feel worthwhile and appreciated.
What are your hobbies and interests?
When not at work or study for university, I enjoy going to live music, outdoor adventures or socialising with friends playing games.
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