Student Profiles

Chris McKeering MSc student

Chris McKeering, MSc

Chris McKeering graduated in December 2009 with an MSc from the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. His dissertation project, supervised by Professor Gaydecki, was conducted in the area of audio-based digital signal processing. It involved the evaluation, implementation, training and testing of fast algorithms for automatic song lyric recognition. Song lyric recognition is something that humans can do very easily, even in the presence of noise or accompanying music (which, from a signal processing perspective, can also be considered as noise) mainly because of the massively parallel processing capability of the mammalian brain.

Viraphon Thanasarnpisut MSc Student

Viraphon Thanasarnpisut, MSc

My project included software and hardware design of a GPS circuit board with the most suitable GPS chipset. The main function of this embedded design was to build a complete interface to a PC or laptop for receiving and displaying GPS information that was extracted from the GPS receiver. An implementation of the circuit board was also required to test the system in a real world application. The main goal of my project was to allow a digital camera to extract and display the positional information of a picture, which means allowing the user to know exactly where the picture was taken as well as when.

Apart from being one of the top research universities in the UK, the University of Manchester provided me with a great learning experience in a rich educational heritage and friendly environment. The campus contains many great facilities including libraries, laboratories, student union shops and bars, etc. It also has effective staff members who always give helpful suggestions when needed.

The course has given me a great knowledge in electronics and sensors fields. Even though there was a hard time in understanding some materials, the professors were always trying their best to help. Moreover, the course also offered challenges during the taught period where coursework at master’s degree level was given. During the project period, I was given a full opportunity in creating my own work and also had great and efficient help from my supervisor.

Saina Gronlykke Mpoke, MSc student

Saina Gronlykke Mpoke, MSc

I graduated in December 2010. Supervised by Professor Antony Peyton, my project involved an investigation into the practicality of implementing a system to measure voltages using capacitive coupling, which would allow measurement of voltages without physical contact to the cables carrying the voltage. The research project was an invaluable experience which allowed a close collaboration with a highly competent tutor. As a whole, the course had up to date and relevant course content and as a result I feel I have a good grasp of what problems the industry faces today as well as the necessary theoretical and practical skills to contribute to progress.

Abdulaziz Radwan, MSc student

Abdulaziz Radwan, MSc

I graduated with an MSc in 2009. The modules and units designed focussed on the subject from physics, electronic engineering and computer science perspectives. This allowed me to have a comprehensive overview and gain a solid foundation in this expanding field of study. The learning approach was “how to find information” rather than “getting as much information as possible”. This, after graduation, has enhanced my CV especially when I applied for different engineering job positions in the public and private sectors.

My MSc project was titled “Digital Implementation of a Lock-in Amplifier”, which is one of the most indispensable tools in various instrumentation systems since it has the capability of detecting very small signals buried in severe noise. This project was implemented using MATLAB software and its main objective was to examine which type of digital filter gives the best performance in the whole system.

I am currently working as a research engineer at King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in particular in the department of Electronics, Communication and Photonics. My job responsibility is to design and develop Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) devices using CAD tools and Layout Edit Software. For the time being, I am on a research-collaborative internship with Si-Ware; a fabless semiconductor company based in Cairo, Egypt.

Manchester University is a target for many international students. It is its wide range of disciplines, world-class faculty, facilities and research that makes it attractive and reputable. You can also get to know many colleagues and friends. For my experience, I have never imagined I would make friends from different parts of the world, but in Manchester, you can easily do so.

Okpobrisi Akpoghene Prosper Oscar, MSc student

Okpobrisi Akpoghene Prosper Oscar, MSc

Studying an MSc at the UoM was a dream come true. I choose to study the MSc course knowing it would help me in fulfilling my desire of designing, manufacturing, processing and maintenance of electronic devices and systems using physical parameters and quantities. One of the interesting aspects of the course was the environment created by the academic staff and the lecturers. The teaching was of best international standards, the laboratories and practical work were perfectly tailored to meet the course demands and the lecturers have extreme knowledge and field experience.

My MSc project work involved the designing, programming and implementation of both off-line and real-time deconvolution (inverse) filters using digital signal processors. The project work found its application in audio signals and video image processing: and could be tailored to other areas such as seismic data processing and frequency ultrasonic inspection of heterogeneous media. Although I found the project work extremely challenging, the advice and support received from my project supervisor helped me to achieve a successful project with convincing results. The atmosphere created by the PhD students was also stimulating and inspiring.

Coming to study for my master’s degree at the University of Manchester (UoM) was as a result of its international status, recognition and world ranking. The UoM play host to a very large population of international students: Africans, Chinese, Indians, and the Caribbean’s - making the cultural diversity of the university a worthy-life experience. More also, the city play host to a variety of sporting activities, theatres and clubs – giving the city a perfect mix of education and leisure.

I found employers having high regards for engineering graduates from the University of Manchester – this is evident from the numerous graduate assessment centres I have attended. I currently secured a job with E.ON as engineering leadership graduate within two months of graduating.

Ejaz Ahmad, MSc DISP student

Ejaz Ahmad, MSc

My project involved an optical beam deflection technique to form an electronic balance, able to measure in the microgram region. This involved the measurement of very small displacements of a piezoelectric bimorph cantilever using the bending property of a piezoelectric bimorph vibration element. When a voltage was applied to it, it was used to deflect a laser beam over a quadrant photodetector, with the aid of some reflecting mirrors. Micro weights were used to bring the cantilever back to its normal position. The outputs from the photodetector were amplified and interfaced with a computer. A program in LabView software was written to analyse the measurements and the results were displayed on the computer screen. A calibration curve between the deflection and the weight helped to calculate the unknown weight. The minimum theoretical weight measured by the system was 17.5 microgram. This whole system was a combination of both the analogue and digital electronics and its main role of application was in Atomic Force Microscopy.

My study period in The University of Manchester has been the best academic era of my life, where I learnt the latest techniques of my field of interest, under the supervision of the best teachers. They helped me to identify my innovative skills and gave me a clear direction. Obviously I might not be able to find such a marvellous combination of skills and knowledge anywhere else. Especially, my project supervisor was very kind to me. The MSc course, I studied here, will help me a lot in my career building because it consists of all the main subjects which are a part of the industry. I am glad that the University is introducing new subjects to this course to make it up-to-date with the modern world.

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