From Theory To Application (Integrated Circuit Design): Tan Wai Kit

02 April 2018

Completing a compulsory internship and Master Thesis is one of the components of a TUM Asia Master of Science programme. Students are able to apply what they learnt into the industry, while making new connections in the workforce. We hear from Tan Wai Kit from the Master of Science in Integrated Circuit Design programme to hear about his unique experience interning at Intel Microelectronics, Malaysia. 

Q: Hello Wai Kit, can you tell us more about yourself?

Wai Kit: I grew up in Malaysia, however I have been studying in Singapore for some time. After  studying at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), I obtained my Bachelors degree in Electrical and Electronic  Engineering. I worked for some time and I decided that it was time to upgrade my skills with a Masters degree in a relevant field.

Q: Home is a distance away from Singapore. Making the decision to study miles away from home, was it a difficult decision?

Wai Kit: TUM Asia offers me an in-depth specialization in the field of IC Design with various subjects covering from digital to analog circuits. Besides that, the intensive full-time programme allows me to obtain a postgraduate degree in a shorter time.

Q: Tell us more about your internship experience.

Wai Kit: When selecting where to intern at, I was able to choose the topics that I was passionate in at Intel Microelectronics (M) Sdn Bhd, Malaysia. One of them caught my attention as it was related to analog circuit design. Following that, I applied for the internship position through their website and was successful.

Q: Can you tell us more about your day-to-day responsibilities at your internship?

Wai Kit: I mostly work on circuit design ranging from analog to mixed signal. During this duration of the internship, I will report to the technical manager on the topic that I am working on, from pre-layout to post- layout implementation. Studying research papers are also part of my job role so that we are well-equipped to understand the latest technological advancements.

Q: What is something that you think that your internship has given you?

Wai Kit: It was able to provide me with practical training and fully utilize the knowledge that I have learned so far. It has been a great learning experience!

Q: Now that you have come to the end of your Masters, what’s next for you?

Wai Kit: I wish to become an outstanding analog design engineer. The TUM Asia programme has indeed provided me with the opportunity that help me to achieve my future career dreams.

 

 

Wai Kit is from the NTU-TUM Master of Science in Integrated Circuit Design programme. More information about the programme here >>

This interview was published in the DIGEST Sept – Dec 2017 issue >>

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