The lab session on my course covered many software integrated development environments, like design software and languages such as MATLAB and assembly language programming.
Course: Communication Engineering [MSc]
Course dates: 2011-2012
Current occupation: Research Assistant at the SISP Group
I found my way to my current position by discussing my opportunities, as a research assistant and as a PhD student, with my professors and applied for the job opening.
As part of a research group, my job involves development of smart sensors and communication systems. It includes optimisation of data analysis software, improvement in sensor technology and development of reliable, chargeable batteries for powering up devices. An exciting aspect is that it also involves contacting marketing and business development teams of companies dealing in mHealth and Tele-Health devices, they are often eager to collaborate with University partners to invent better Tele-Medical solutions. This opens avenues for corporate employment opportunities as well as a PhD based on biomedical applications.
This job gives good exposure to the commercialisation process on the part of the University, and makes clear all the expectations that the corporate sector has of research activities. The projects undertaken have interesting applications and are a creative exercise in applying theoretical knowledge to real life problems, with tight time schedules.
The lab session on my course covered many software integrated development environments, like design software and languages such as MATLAB and assembly language programming. My theoretical knowledge and presentation skills were improved during the course of my MSc degree. The course units were very diverse, ranging from analogue radio frequency designs, antennas, digital communication to wireless mobile systems. The content of the syllabus might not be extensive but it was very challenging in terms of concept building. The social environment of resident halls and campus is very vibrant.