Michael Boers, PhD student in Electronics
“As a PhD student and member of the iWCS research group at Macquarie University, I am conducting research on the design of next generation wireless networks. Applications for this technology include wirelessHD video streaming, last meter giga-bit LAN for desktops and other close range, high-speed wireless systems. The research environment at Macquarie is very motivating. The research staff and academics provide excellent advice and guidance. I find undertaking a PhD at Macquarie much more exciting and rewarding than a normal 9-5 job. This is because it provides excellent opportunities such as being a part of a great research group, the opportunity to attend international conferences, and to network with people and organisations with similar interests.”
James Howarth , PhD student, Electronic Engineering
“I chose Engineering as a career because I’ve always loved Electronic gadgets. I really love the fact that as engineers we are always problem solving and always learning. New designs which are invariably specified to be either faster, smaller or lower power (or all three) are constantly pushing the materials and engineers of the day to the limit.
“Macquarie University was where I decided to do my PhD as it has always been really strong in Wireless Engineering. The people there also drew me to Macquarie. There’s also the bonus of having a huge number of high-tech companies so close by. I have been really impressed with the enthusiasm of staff here at the University, particularly the Head of the Electronic Engineering Department and the Dean. They are really focussing a lot of energy and always improving the new degrees here and taking advantage of the surrounding high-tech industry.
“I am currently writing up my PhD in Electronics Engineering where I design microchips for low-cost high data-rate consumer wireless network. Our project is looking to improve wireless data rates by 10 times to enable the streaming of uncompressed high definition from a high definition source such as the new Blu-ray player to the flat panel TV on the wall. These chips would also be suitable to be put into mobile phones, digital cameras, iPods and computers to allow the transfer of data between these devices as speeds 10 times faster than current wired USB connections.
“In the near future I’m looking to head over to the US to get some experience designing microchips for wireless consumer products, somewhere in California like SIlicon Valley would be ideal. Later on when I return to Australia I want to start my own company designing circuits for high-speed wireless networks.”
Peter Blockley, Postdoctoral Research Fellow
“I have completed both my undergraduate and PhD studies at Macquarie University. For my PhD I worked on advanced measurement systems for next generation wireless communications systems in collaboration with Agilent Technologies. Completing my PhD at Macquarie provided me with the opportunity to excel through connections with leading companies, resources, and skilled supervision. This experience enabled me to publish 7 papers, win a best paper award at an international conference and also a Macquarie University Innovation Award. Now that I have completed my PhD, I have become a postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University, researching a new generation of high power transistor suitable for mobile phone base stations. Macquarie is recognised for its expertise in high-frequency transistors and the research group is rapidly expanding. These reasons attracted me to continue my research at Macquarie.”
Matthias Stecher, Germany, PhD student in Photonics
“Back in school I loved maths and physics. I have always wanted to understand things that surround us in our daily life, like television, mobile phones and computers. Before commencing my PhD studies in the field of photonics at Macquarie, I finished my degree as an electrical engineer at the Technical University of Munich. After meeting my supervisor in person during a conference in Europe, my decision to go to Australia was certain. The biggest advantages of doing this degree overseas are the diversity of our research group and the experience of living in a foreign country.”
Razibul Islam, Bangladesh, PhD student in Photonics
“Since my childhood I have loved physics and maths and found myself comfortable with them. Later the attraction turned me onto Engineering. The two main reasons I decided to study my PhD at the Department of Electronic Engineering were firstly because Macquarie University has particular strength in optical communications and photonics research which is in line with my area of work, and secondly I received the Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarship (MQRES). I think Macquarie University has good laboratories and research facilities with industrial linkages in photonic research. These things are important to conduct sound research activities. My advice for new students would be to come and be a part of the research activities at Macquarie University. The University offers its uniqueness and innovative nature.”