Emma Song PDEng, ASML, Software Lead Designer. ST Graduate 2009.
'After my Master study in Embedded Software Systems at Zhejiang University in China, I wanted to further develop my skills in the software domain. Studying for a PhD was an option of course, but I rather wanted to work in industry. Through my boyfriend – who was looking for a post-graduate program as well – I came to know about the designer program Software Technology (ST). We were both admitted to and graduated from a designer program at TU/e.
What I like best about the ST program is the close contact with a company and the teamwork during the projects. I didn’t have much experience in working in companies when I gained my Master’s. The ST program helped me to adapt to the Dutch environment and prepared me for a job in industry. ST offers a bridge from university to industry.
The multicultural aspect of the program is also an advantage. Working with many different nationalities enables you to learn a lot from each other because of all the different angles. Besides that, it’s fun to work with people from different cultures.
I did my final project at Philips Healthcare. My job was to redesign the architecture of a software product. I enjoyed my time at Philips very much. I learned a lot from my colleagues and designing software architecture was exactly what I wanted to do. In the future, I would like to become an architect.'