- Course: Embedded Systems Engineering MSc
- Nationality: Indian
Why did you decide to study masters at the University of Leeds?
I definitely wanted to study my master’s in the UK but I wasn’t very sure about the choice of university. I conducted an extensive research on the universities and found the University of Leeds. It was exactly what I needed – a world class university with one of the best engineering faculties in the country. Also, it seemed that my course was tailor-made to suit my requirements. The IET accreditation was an icing on the cake!
What has been the best aspect of studying on your course and at the University so far and why?
The best aspect definitely has to be the positive learning environment of the School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering where the students are enthusiastic to learn and the professors are also equally enthusiastic to teach. The first aspect that I liked about coming to my course, is all the modules have a wide variety when it comes to the content. We did data communications in the first semester which was about the internal functionality of the internet. Whereas in the second semester we were studying media engineering which was related to image and video Compression – but this is just a small example of the diversity of the modules in my course.
Another good aspect would be that I am getting to learn new things almost every day – PCB design using EAGLE, packet capturing on the internet with the help of Wireshark, Verilog Design using Quartus are a few of them. These are the tools that are used in the industry nowadays, so it’s also productive from the employability point of view.
Tell us about some of the exciting projects you have completed.
I would say the most exciting one is the embed temperature logger, which involved using a temperature sensor with a microcontroller chip and updating the temperature every minute and displaying it on an LCD screen. My final MSc Project is based on interfacing a GPS receiver with an IMU, so when the GPS receiver loses signal or accuracy, the sensors from the IMU can calculate the accurate position, from the last known position and feed it to the GPS receiver. That was a really cool project to work on.
What does Leeds as a city have to offer students?
Leeds is quite an amazing city when it comes to student life. There’s something for every kind of students. The nightlife scene is pretty amazing, and for someone who doesn’t like clubbing that much there are quite a few places where one can have drinks in peace. Leeds is easy in the pocket for living expenses; the Indian takeaways here always made me feel more at home. Leeds is located in West Yorkshire, which is one of the most beautiful parts of the country and there are wonderful places to go for that perfect weekend break , such as Peak District, Yorkshire Dales, and Ilkley Moor.
What are your ambitions for the future?
My primary ambition would be to work in the Electronics Industry with the specialisation of embedded systems and to progress through it and gradually became a good professional Engineer.
What experiences at Leeds do you think will help you in your future career?
There have a lot of transferable skills that I have acquired during my tenure at the University of Leeds (and a lot left to acquire). There have been a lot of new programming concepts and academic concepts that I have learnt. Also looking outside the academic point of view, the interaction between me. other British and international students have improved by communication skills to a great extent which will help me greatly in the professional world.
What would you say to students coming to do the same course?
I would definitely recommend the course to them. It’s a lot of hard work, but there is a lot of enjoyment to it also and in the end it’s all worth it.