During this summer, I had my first internship in Portland Oregon. This internship is an engineering-relate job. The company that I interned is called Aptic Semiconductor and the company is a company specialized in Integrated Circuit design. I was placed in the design department working with about 10 Ph.Ds in the office.My objects were to gain exposure to the working environment in an engineering company, and at the same time I can apply the knowledge that I learned in class to the real life situation. I think I have reached my initial goals because I was able to sit in the office and worked with other colleagues. I asked my field supervisor and colleagues questions whenever I had any problems. So by now I have an idea of what an engineer life is in the office. I also realized that I have not reached the enough depth in the material I learned from school. I need to study harder in the future.
I have mentioned the stopwatch and timer project in the previous post. Therefore, I would like to talk about some interesting things happened during this project.
First of all, it was not an easy task to finish this project, because we had to first design the schematic of the whole system and then we have to solder the system, in the mean time, we have to program the chip to achieve the functionality. My lab partner and I worked closely in every step.
After we finish soldering our system, we found out that our LED display was not working. We checked our code with other group and it worked in other group’s system but ours. We had to check the signal from every single wire, but we did not find any problem. After we spent a day, we realized the main chip was broken. After we replaced the broken chip with a new chip, the problem solved.
I admit that I wanted to give up at some point, because it was very frustrating when I had no idea what was wrong with the system. However, my lab partner and I tough it through and made the system to work.
I want to say we have to believe in ourselves, and do not give up.
This is the first post on my portfolio and in this post I will discuss why I want to major in Engineering and I will also post one of my lab report to let people know what is engineering. The lab report that I will be displayed is for Semiconductor class. (I know it is sounds fancy haha) Fun facts: Every one of us is using semiconductor devices if you are reading my post! I also have a lab partner, so it helps me to know how to work with other people. Please enjoy the lab report and let me know if you do not understand anything. I would love to explain it to you.