We Are Impedans Series - Panos Iosifidis

Position: Software Engineer

Bio: Panos is an applied mathematics graduate with an MSc in Mathematical Modeling and carries a postgraduate diploma in Business and Management. He prides himself in his statistical and mathematical modeling talent. Along with his achievements, he has multiple years as mathematician, programmer and technical support.

What drew you to this career?
A Star Trek fan since my teen years, I have always aspired to be involved in sectors like computing, aerospace, robotics and AI. So far, I have managed to tick 3 out of 4 from the list. After 5 years of working in R&D on solid material deformation algorithms, I joined Impedans as a plasma technology software engineer. My particular focus is plasma sensors which provide a very promising path to the next steps of automation and artificial intelligence.

What's the biggest challenge you faced when taking on this new role?
The biggest challenge I faced was taking over someone else's projects. In the beginning, it felt like studying an ancient Egyptian scripture and trying to make sense of the hieroglyphs. Overcoming such an obstacle requires Vulcan level logic. Once you dissect the code and analyse every statement in terms of cause and effect, the hieroglyphs turn into phrases. You are not only able to make sense of it, you can now expand and improve it.

What excites you about working for Impedans?
What makes working in Impedans far more exciting than any other IT job, is that it offers involvement in the full testing and application cycle of the products. You get to pick the assembly parts, join them together and then test your software on a creation of your own. You don't report to the assembly. You control the assembly.

How would you describe your role in one word?
Control. That's the essence of plasma technology. If we are to transcend to an era of full automation, then machines need to acquire the capacity, not only to process data, but also possess the means to sense the data and grab the information in their reach. If Terminator Rise of the Machines were to happen in real life, it would rely on technology like that.

How would you describe your experience so far at Impedans?
Entering Impedans, there is a lot to be gained. For a back-end programmer, the direct exposure to GUI tools is an entirely new world to conquer. For a front-end programmer, diving in the depths of QT and Visual Studio offers a sturdy foundation of widely transferable skill-sets. But what makes the position even more interesting, is the opportunity for the programmer to test his creation on the actual hardware. Finally, to top it off, all programmers are sponsored to attend a plasma technology course in DCU. Overall, a robust platform for a solid career advancement.