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MSc Digital Systems Engineering

Spyros Chiotakis

Spyros Chiotakis

"Before coming to York, I studied Computer Engineering at the Technological Educational Institute of Crete in Greece where I got interested for the holistic view of low-level computer systems (Hardware/Software). The MSc in Digital Systems Engineering was a great opportunity for me to study at a highly recognized university and expand my knowledge and career prospects. Having already been once at York and in the university as a tourist I knew that the city was amazing to live in as a student, so I decided to apply.

My experience with the course modules was overly positive with the professors being the friendliest and most supportive I've ever had. The courses in both VHDL, low level drivers and integrated circuit design covered blank spots regarding my comprehension of the computer stack. The project in designing our own FPGA and architecting a music player in it allowed me to get a glimpse of how my future would be, in regards to working with other people towards a common purpose, since I lacked work experience.

During my course I was able to apply and land a job in Virtual Open Systems in France as a hardware engineer on FPGAs. The aforementioned course provided me with all the tools needed to tackle the interview questions that I faced and get the job. To conclude, my one year stay at the University of York was a perfect match for my ambitions and a stepping stone for my future."

Adam Wilson

Adam J Wilson

"My undergraduate summer placement with SSI UK at the Redcar Blast Furnace had given me an interest in heavy industry, and being from a family of engineers and based in the North East a career in industry seemed like a natural choice.

Therefore, after finishing the DSE course I accepted a role with a company specialising in marine power & automation - their past projects include the production of control and drive systems for various offshore applications, primarily renewables, oil rigs, and large sea vessels.

I have already supervised several projects including the design and installation of a supervisory control system for an experimental renewables project, currently located off the Welsh coast.

This job has given me responsibility for my own projects at a very fast rate, and requires that I drive a project right from its conception through client negotiations, specification, procurement, design and testing, factory testing and client acceptance, to the final stage of commissioning and site acceptance, followed by the provision of documentation and support to the client. This is a tough learning process and requires a lot of effort, however I feel that the project management and time management skills I gained from the DSE have helped me immensely.

The theory I learned from the DSE has also proven extremely useful, as FPGAs are used in a lot of industrial hardware and a wide variety of communications protocols are standard, including RS-232/485 variants and CAN. I primarily program PLCs and HMIs for control applications, but I also do a lot of desktop programming in C#.

I don't believe that I would have been prepared for this intense role without having done an MSc DSE, partially because of the knowledge it provided but mostly due to the ability I now have to adapt very quickly to new environments and to new challenges, which is necessary in a career where the goal posts are constantly changing and there is very little stability."

Jiashun Lin

Jiashun Lin

"After my bachelor degree in Telecommunications Engineering in Shenzhen University, I initially worked as an Engineer at MINDEO, which is a leading bar code scanner manufacturer in mainland China, for two years. Talent is the lifeblood of every business, and I know York University courses equip students with a range of practical and theoretical skills, so my company decided to send me to undertake a Master's Degree in order to use my industrial experience and specialize in Digital Systems.

I enjoyed the great benefit of the Digital Systems Engineering course with a good theoretical background and hands-on experience of the techniques used in modern digital systems design. My approach towards Digital Systems designing and VHDL programming was enhanced significantly and over the course of the final project with Project Management process, it is very helpful to understand Project Management.

Finally I obtained my Master's with Distinction in DSE.  I went back to China and took on the role of Embedded system Engineer at MINDEO and successfully designed several scanner products for many countries. Thanks a lot for having a fantastic one year at York University."

Bharath Venkatasubramanian

Bharath Venkatasubramanian

"After a degree in Electronics Engineering, I initially worked with Wipro Technologies handling hardware verification for 5 years. I decided to undertake a Masters Degree in order to utilize my industry experience in specializing on Digital Systems. This led me to become a student at the Department of Electronics in the University of York doing Digital Systems Engineering.

The course emphasized Digital System Design and development with challenging hardware programming. The overall DSE experience enhanced my approach towards Digital Systems and VHDL coding. There was also a track on Project Management which helped in each stage of the Final project right from the start of the course. With very helpful and understanding professors, it was a great experience completing the Masters Degree.

The Electronics Job fair during mid-term made me dream about a career in ARM Ltd., the Digital giant. With Distinction in my Masters degree and 5 years experience in the Electronics industry and with timely help from the Careers advisor about my profile and resume, I landed the role of Implementation Engineer in my dream company and am currently working in the role. Although only a short span, I had a fantastic one year at York and I am so glad I made the decision to study there."

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