Name: William

Sponsor: Qualcomm Technologies

University: University of Nottingham

Degree Course: MEng Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Why I chose Qualcomm

The field of Electronics has allowed humans to achieve unbelievable feats; whether it’s connecting people across the world, or creating real world Artificial Intelligence. I knew early on that I wanted to be involved in it, helping to advance the field and solve the problems of the future. I decided to do it in an engineering capacity because solving engineering problems requires being analytical, as well as being creative, which I find extremely rewarding and an exciting career prospect.

Why did you want a scholarship with Qualcomm?

As one of the largest semiconductor chip designers in the world, and a pioneer of wireless communications, Qualcomm was an ideal internship destination for me. I knew working for an industry leader like Qualcomm would be extremely insightful, helping me to become not only a better, more knowledgeable engineer, but also to help me understand how big companies at the bleeding edge operate. And I was not disappointed – the experience I gained was invaluable from the work and my colleagues and it has really encouraged to pursue a career in the field.

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

I spent my internship working in the Chip implementation team at Qualcomm’s Cambridge office, predominantly on synthesis and the physical design of Qualcomm’s industry-leading mixed-signal IP.  I gained a lot of experience using Linux, TCL and Perl as well as a much better understanding of the chip design process as a whole and semiconductors, in general.

What are your hobbies and interests?

I’m a keen sportsman, and I enjoy watching or playing almost any sport, Rugby and Cricket in particular. I also enjoy spending time with my friends, family and, most importantly, my three dogs! In my spare time I also like to read, game and play guitar.

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