Electronics is one of the branches of Engineering. If you are deciding which engineering specialization you should choose or simply just curious about what an electrical engineer does, well, you have come to the right place. We have prepared 6 questions for Dandelions' Electrical Engineer to answer.
Let's have some fun!
Q1: Why did you choose to be an engineer?
A: I guess I have always had a knack for exploration, whether it’s annoyingly pulling apart the house remote to see what’s inside, to all-nighters watching space videos. The world of sci-fi continued to foster that passion and made me fall in love with the infinite possibilities of innovation in the field.
As I have said in Pros and Cons of Being an Electrical Engineer, being an engineer was the least expected career choice for me.
Out of fear of not finding work as a woman in Engineering, both my parents and guidance counsellor refused to let me apply for any STEM-related major in university. Being the stubborn girl I was, I refused to take no for an answer.
University Technology Sydney had caught my eye with its Undergraduate Excellence Scholarship program. Unfortunately, my parents did not deem the opportunity reachable.
So unknowing to my parent’s knowledge, I secretly tutored children in my town to make enough money for the application. Within few weeks, I received the life-changing email of a successful application and a 20, 000 AUD scholarship. This achievement accelerated my success that night and continues to remind me of the real reason this industry is for me.
Q2: What field of engineering did you choose and why?
A: I am currently in the field of Electrical/Electronic engineering.
Power generation, transmission, and control is a requirement that is so deeply embedded into our daily lives. The ability to be part of this ever-changing technology is incredibly exciting. Plus, there is an artistic appeal to the intricate design of electronics.
Q3: What is the best and worst thing about your nominated engineering field?
A: The worst thing would be the annoyingly intricate and challenging problems and sitting in silence for hours to figure it out.
The best thing would be ... Well, you could probably afford that yacht you have always wanted!
A high-risk high reward is the best way to describe it.
Q4: 10 years from now, what do you think would be the best thing to work on?
10 years from now, I would like to see space-tech be more achievable and the ability to be part of that process. With electronics getting smaller and more reliable, normalised Cube-Sat’s at the palm of the every-day man is an exciting thought.
Q5: What do you find most interesting about the work we do at Dandelions?
I have been tasked to develop an avionics package for a patent-pending aircraft that is projected to be space-grade. I don’t know about you, but space-electronics is a really cool place to start.
Q6: If you were to give one piece of advice to a person in school who wanted to pursue engineering, what would it be?
If you have ever felt a tiny sense of satisfaction solving a math problem that took ages to figure out, engineering might the place for you. It’s a challenging field where no 2 days are the same and gets you thinking outside the box. My advice would be to encourage that curiosity and indulge yourself in the infinite amounts of videos and cool at-home projects. Stepping out of the theoretical and experimenting in the practical is the absolute best way to learn something new.
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