Shahab salem

Shahab Salem

Why did you decide to study Embedded Systems Engineering at the University of Leeds?

Electronics is getting more and more specialised and there is a need for engineers to have a good understanding of both hardware and software. I decided to study Embedded Systems engineering because this course gives me the opportunity to explore hardware and software part of electronics system design.

What has been the best aspect of studying on your course and at the University and why?

The best aspect of my course was that all the modules were very up to date. Latest technologies were discussed in class and they were part of the teaching material in every module, such as 4G and 5G systems. Also, students are provided with professional and industrial tools which they are required to use for programming embedded systems. This is very good in a sense that student can familiarise themselves with these tools before they go into industry.

Tell us about some of the exciting projects you have completed so far?

For me personally working with DE1 SoC computers was very exciting; students can program both C and FPGA on these computers. Every week we were given the challenging FPGA and C programming tasks which broaden our knowledge in embedded programming. In the first semester, we created a temperature logger powered by ARM processors. 

What does Leeds as a city have to offer students?

Leeds is a very vibrant city with an amazing nightlife. Students can never get bored here.

What are your ambitions for the future?

My goal is to work for a start-up company and develop skills in embedded system design and Internet of Things (IoT) as much as I can.

What experiences at Leeds do you think will help you in your future career?

The University of Leeds and my course have both exposed me to some great minds and ideas that have helped me to determine what area I would like to choose my career in. A prime example of that would be Professor Mischa Dohler’s inspirational talk on the future of communications systems and the 'Internet of Things'.

What would you say to students coming to do the same course?

I highly recommend this university and at the same time, all the student need to explore their area of interest based on what they would like to do in the future. Then check all the modules that are taught and choose the ones that suits them the most because School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering covers a wide variety of subject taught by highly intelligent lecturers with an amazing proven research work.