We Are Impedans Series - Embedded Engineer, Mike O'Keeffe

Position: Embedded Engineer

Bio: Mike is an electronic engineer with 10+ years experience in the electronics industry. He has worked on a wide variety of electronics products from small embedded devices to large fault tolerant server systems. He graduated from Dublin City University (DCU), Ireland. in 2006 with a Bachelors of Engineering (BEng) in Electronic Systems (with Business and French) and a Masters of Engineering (MEng) in Electronic System Design in 2012 in Institute of Technology, Tallaght (ITT). He previously wrote for his own column PIC 'n Mix in Everyday Practical Electronics. He also lectures Electronic Systems Designs Projects to Product Design students in National University of Ireland, Maynooth (NUIM).

What drew you to this career?
When I was a kid, I always wanted to be a mad scientist. An avid fan of Star Trek, fed this want even more and it slowly developed into a love of everything electronic. When I built my first crystal earpiece radio in a tic-tac box at the age of 10, I knew I was hooked for life. Since then I have obsessed over building and designing all sorts of gadgets in my spare time. At home, I have built Tesla Coils, designed and assembled personal PCB designs and assisted friends in their Kickstarter projects.

What's the biggest challenge you faced when taking on this new role?
The biggest and probably most exciting challenge is that of learning more about the physics behind our products and the inner workings of plasma chambers. Surrounded by a team with a powerful wealth of knowledge, I know I'll be able to get up to speed in no time. It is truly exciting to be working on products that are beyond the cutting edge and pushing the boundaries of possibilities.

What excites you about working for Impedans?
I love working on new and exciting projects, which pose a number of significant challenges and problems to be tackled. It's great working together with an open and inclusive team of engineers, who share similar passions. We have some really exciting projects in the pipeline, which I can't talk about, but trust me, you'll love them too.

How would you describe your role in one word?
Design! I work in the research and development department. That includes everything from new product development, current product improvement and support. My role includes FPGA development on current and future products, microcontroller software development for low level digital signal processing as well as hardware development, debug and testing. So I think 'Design' is probably the best one word answer to describe my role.

How would you describe your experience so far at Impedans?
My experience so far has been very positive. In that time, I have worked on multiple projects with varying technologies. I've been able to improve my existing skills, while taking on new responsibilities in project management and even giving some training. I look forward to seeing what new and interesting projects we research and eventually develop.

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