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Electronics & Information Communications Systems incorporates two broad fields of study, signal processing, telecommunications and network engineering.
Signal processing is a wide field that encompasses the acquisition of data from the world around us, manipulating or processing that data into a useful form, the extraction of information from that data, and the interpretation of that information. The breadth and power of signal processing is what makes it one of the key enabling technologies of the information age.
Telecommunications and Network Engineering is an essential requirement of service and equipment providers in the current volatile communications environment to efficiently manage their networks. In particular, telecommunications traffic needs to be managed in an optimal way to ensure efficient utilisation of capacity and to provide Quality of Service guarantees to customers.
For a young Japanese girl living in New Zealand, working towards a degree in Electronics and Communication is just one of the many things she has had to get her head around.
Ayaka Ohira says it is her curiosity that has brought her this far as she has always been fascinated by robots and gizmos.
“They are part of the Japanese culture and the media are always highlighting amazing technology which is innovated by local engineers.”
What really got Ayaka interested was when she was in the sixth form and started to learn programming.
“ I was always interested in robots, cell phone designs and computers but didn’t have experience in anything practical. “
Now Ayaka’s interest means bringing her dream technologies into reality, with a special interest in mobile phone technology.
“You can access the internet, watch tv, use it as a camera or MP3 player, the uses seem endless and this sort of thing fascinates me.”
She says the degree course highlights the details of technologies in software and hardware, and that’s what Ayaka enjoys best of all.
“I like to know how things work, and what makes that possible, and the theoretical and practical parts of the course are well mixed so you get a good balance. That makes it easier to understand.”
She also enjoys the practical side of the degree because that’s when she really feels the excitement of engineering.
“For example we can design our own small electronic car, build a very strong bridge or design a circuit for a digital die. Maybe a fancier electronic car with self-aware functions, it’s all great.”
Her curiosity has drawn her into what is normally a male dominated domain. Ayaka says she has quickly been accepted as part of the group and says the guys are kind and fun to be with.
“I think an engineering degree is a good choice for women, as girls are better communicators and that’s what many of the men lack.”
Ayaka says women need to work hard, study hard and understand the concepts.
“I don’t see any disadvantage for girls in engineering. If they like puzzles, making something from scratch, fiddling around with computers and robots, they should choose engineering!”
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