Steven Slatter

I have really enjoyed my degree program, especially the breadth of computing related areas I've been able to learn about. I particularly enjoyed the second year mobile systems module, where we experimented with our own audio codecs, and then worked in teams to optimise them.

Current position: Hardware Engineer at ARM

I graduated with a BSc in Physics, but while on that course I developed a strong interest in programming. This, and other factors, led me to the Computer Engineering course. As I was already living in Manchester, I knew what a great city it was for student life, and also had friends who recommended the Computer Science department to me.

I have really enjoyed my degree programme, especially the breadth of computing related areas I've been able to learn about. I particularly enjoyed the second year mobile systems module, where we experimented with our own audio codecs, and then worked in teams to optimise them.

Between my second and third academic years, I spent a year working at two different companies on placement. The first, in the summer, was for Apple, in California. I worked on the Core Platform Team on embedded software for mobile devices. The second placement was at DAI, a control systems company based in Stockport. At DAI I worked on warehouse management software. Both of these placements gave me a really good idea as to what working in this industry is like.

Studying at Manchester has really influenced the direction of my life. My studies allowed me to find and focus on specific areas that appealed to me. These studies, as well as my experience on placement enabled me to get a job at ARM, as a Hardware Engineer.

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