Ruth Irwin

Ruth Irwin

Name: Ruth Irwin
Degree Course: MEng(Hons) Electronic Engineering
Age: 21
Nationality: British
Hometown: St Helens, Merseyside

Background information

At the age of 14 I realised the significance of electronics, and electronic systems and found a passion for designing and building them. From this point onwards decisions were made to enable me to pursue a career in Electronic Engineering, including choosing Control Systems as one of my GCSE's, and organising the two week Trident work experience on the shop floor of an engineering company. My 'A' Levels included Physics and Mathematics and during this time I took part in a pre-university Crest Engineering Course, for students who wish to achieve Excellence in Engineering. My aim is to become a chartered Electronic Engineer; I am currently in the 4th and final year of a Master's of Electronic Engineering at UMIST. My hobbies include many things, but particularly dancing.

Academic Fields of Interest

My academic interests include Re-programmable Devices, FPGAs, VHDL, Opto-electronics and Tomography. I look forward to having the opportunity to gain knowledge and experience in other areas of electronics. My third year project was to design and build a non-static display: the display was a Moving Pendulum-LED Clock. The project was implemented in VHDL and synthesised on an FPGA.


1993 - 2000Rainford High School and Sixth Form
1993 - 1998GCSEs: 10 A-C grades including English, Mathematics and Science.
1998 - 2000'A' Levels:
2000 - presentUniversity Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST)
MEng (Hons) Electrical & Electronic Engineering.

Work Experience

June - September 2002

TRW Conekt. (Industrial Placement) Electronics Hardware Designer

Worked within the Sensors and Opto-electronics Group of TRW, to design and build a prototype system to be used in a measurement system for automotive vehicles. System was implemented in VHDL and built upon a development board using an Altera FPGA.

July 1999 (2 weeks)

Liverpool John-Moores University. (Engineering Course)

Worked as part of a team, to design and build a Thermostatic Water Heater using Electronics.

The system has been marketed, and I achieved the CREST Gold Award for Excellence in Science and Engineering, Master Class of 1999.


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