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Jun Xuan Lee  MEng Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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I decided to learn more about electrical and electronic systems and I hope that the knowledge I learn will enable me to play a part in technology advancement and solve problems that we face in our life.

Why did you choose the University of Southampton Malaysia?  

I chose to study in University of Southampton Malaysia (UoSM) because it is known for its Electrical and Electronic Engineering course and it allows me to experience two different environments (Malaysia and UK) for my tertiary studies.  

What was your motivation for studying your course? 

My interest on the topic grew when I attended an electronic workshop when I was young. I learnt to construct a simple traffic light circuit using LEDs and programmed it to light up at a specific sequence using an Arduino board. That was when I realized how humans intervene in technologies and how humans can interact with machines/devices. 
I decided to learn more about electrical and electronic systems and I hope that the knowledge I learn will enable me to play a part in technology advancement and solve problems that we face in our life. 

What are you enjoying most about your course? 

I enjoyed my individual project in 3rd year and group design project in 4th year. I have learnt how to apply my knowledge into real life application and how we associate with technologies in our daily life. 

Do you have the opportunity to study modules outside of your core subject area, and how do you think they are adding to your experience / will affect your future plans? 

In my third year, I took a module named "Engineering Management and Law". It's a module that teaches me as engineer-to-be about laws, accounting and project management. Despite having technical knowledge, I strongly agree that an engineer should learn about laws, accounting and project management such that any accidental violations and losses can be avoided in future. 
The module taught me about aspects that I should be aware of to protect my rights as engineer and I feel that it will be helpful when I become an engineer in future. 

What networking, employment, intern or work experience opportunities have you undertaken and how have they enhanced your undergraduate experience?  

My first internship was in the UoSM during my first year and I was guided by a lecturer in a drone project. The internship gave me insights of how a research work is done and how I should manage the project within a given timeline. After that, I did internships in HOTAYI and Intel Penang Malaysia during my 2nd and 3rd year which exposed me to real industry experience. From the two internships, I was able to learn how engineers tackle real problems in an industry and what aspects should be considered when deciding a solution.  

I learnt a lot during the internships and they have definitely prepared me for when I graduate and step into my future career.  

What are your career aspirations for the future?  

I have always had a great interest in deep learning (a subfield of machine learning) which is one of the hot topics nowadays. In future I would like to venture more in this topic and how I can apply it in medical and education fields.  

If you could give prospective students one piece of advice what would it be?  

University lectures are important, but never forget to seek opportunities outside the university. Having a concrete knowledge in your field is a must, but having external experience and skills will be a plus.  

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