"What I loved about my placement was that every day was an opportunity to learn new things." Vasileios

Name: Vasileios

Sponsor: Spirit Semi

University: University of Cambridge

Degree Course: MEng Engineering

What appeals to me about Electronics?

Ever since I was little, I was drawn to technology. I was always interested in how phones, TVs and computers worked and wanted to try out all different operating modes and settings. This naturally led me to electronics because as I went deeper and deeper, I stumbled across the actual circuits. There is always something to learn in electronics. Every transistor in a processor and every capacitor in a radio have a role in the circuit and discovering that or even designing it yourself is fascinating.

Why I wanted a scholarship with Spirit Semiconductor

I was taking courses on radio electronics and communications which I found really interesting, since I could finally get a glimpse on what is actually going on when data is transferred. I was looking for a scholarship from a company in the RF/communications industry and I came across Spirit Semiconductor. At the interview, I learned more about the company and realised it was a great opportunity to see what RF engineering is about.

My placement and its value

I worked close to the Director of Systems and Validation. I was given a signal processing project and mostly worked with MATLAB. What I loved about my placement was that every day was an opportunity to learn new things. I was always encouraged by my supervisor to take time and teach myself what I needed to know that would lead to understanding the problem I was facing. In many occasions I even got one to one whiteboard lessons. I was surrounded by experienced Engineers so I could always reach out and get an expert’s advice. This way I learned a lot about RF, semiconductors, and state of the art signal processing techniques. I was up to date with the company’s targets and progress by attending meetings which gave a lot of worth to my work, as I felt I was contributing to something real and valuable.

My interests

I love cooking and baking. My next short-term goal is to recreate Ratatouille from that Pixar movie. I enjoy hiking. Breathing in fresh mountain air is one of the best feelings. My favourite actor/director is Mel Gibson

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