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Graduate reflects on seeing the bigger picture of engineering

Antonios Gourdouparis

Brunel helped me in seeing the bigger picture; combining the theoretical background alongside the hands-on exposure via laboratory work

Antonios, Alumni

Connectivity Design Engineer, ASML

Electronic and Electrical Engineering BEng - 2016

From Greece

Where do you currently live?

Netherlands

Tell us about your career journey since you graduated…

After my Bachelor graduation I completed my MSc in Nanotechnology and Renewable Energy at the University of Surrey. After my MSc I worked for a year as an Electrical Control and Instrumentation Graduate Engineer for a company in Southampton and afterwards I joined in my current company as a Designer.

What does a typical day at work involve for you?

Being part of the electrical and electronic team, I am responsible for the design and implementation of illuminator on the latest EUV photolithography machine. I am mostly occupied in system/functional design, connectivity and cable design, detailed design of racks and PCB design, and analogue electronics.

What’s been the highlight of your career so far?

Being able to contribute to the road map of Moore Law by designing the last EUV photolithography machine capable for designs up to 1nm, used by Intel, Samsung and others.

How would you say Brunel helped you to get where you are today?

Brunel gave me the foundation of understanding electrical and electronics engineering; capable of seeing the bigger picture, combining the theoretical background alongside the hands-on exposure via laboratory work.

Why did you choose to study at Brunel and why would you recommend Brunel to others?

Personally, I knew that I wanted to follow this career path early on. So, I was looking for a university which was able to provide me with the right foundation for electrical engineering. Furthermore, the international community is something that was a decision point for me, alongside proximity to London.

If you could give one piece of advice to new students, what would that be?

Keep your notes afterwards. Honestly, they are useful later on, since you never know the topic that you will need to focus at some point in your career and are a great starting point. In addition, through that, you will notice that you are able to see the material from a completely different perspective due to your exposure in the industry.

What would be your top tip or advice for new graduates as they begin their career journey?

Start applying early for your first job; the toughest bit is to set up your first job after your degree.

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