Spyros Efthymiou

Spyros Efthymiou

My advice to students is to make sure you select a course that you will enjoy but also one that allows you to pursue a career with good prospects.

Course: Electrical and Electronic Engineering (3 Years) [BSc] and Digital Signal Processing [MSc]

Course dates: 2005 - 2012

Current occupation: Research and Development, ABILITY 

 

Throughout my studies I worked hard to gain knowledge in various domains of electronic engineering such as optoelectronics, tomography, digital signal processing and software engineering. This allowed me to apply for the position I currently have. Finally, yet importantly, the University’s Career Service has played a significant role in providing me with the necessary knowledge to successfully meet my career goals.

This position involves the research and development of robotic trainers that aid lower limb rehabilitation, due to a stroke or a spinal cord injury, of a patient. In product development my focus is on software and system engineering, digital signal processing and motion control engineering. Additionally, I am managing research projects in collaboration with other universities in Switzerland.

The most enjoyable aspect of my role is that I am involved in many areas of engineering, which is something that has always fascinated me. In addition, leading and managing a research group is another part of the role that excites me, because it allows me to view technology developments from a scientific perspective.

During my course I mostly enjoyed group projects in the second and third year of my BSc and MSc degrees. Throughout my PhD  I enjoyed being a demonstrator in the electronic circuit design laboratory of second year undergraduate students and MSc students.

Achieving a BSc degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering had given me a basis in electronic theory allowing me to decide between the fields of electronics and electrical engineering. During my postgraduate degrees, I have gained teaching and troubleshooting skills as well as time management and problem solving.

My advice to students is to make sure you select a course that you will enjoy but also one that allows you to pursue a career with good prospects.

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