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Hear from Dr Arnesh Vijay

A bit about me:Arnesh

- I joined Warwick University soon after graduating with a Master’s degree in electrical and electronic engineering from Glasgow University, Scotland. Prior to this, I graduated with a first-class honours degree from Visvesvaraya Technological University, India, specializing in electronics and telecommunication engineering.

Why I chose Warwick for my doctorate:

- Although I received offers from other universities, I chose to study at Warwick due to its excellent ranking and reputation as one of the leading universities not just in the UK, but across the globe. In addition, the telecommunications department within the faculty of engineering at Warwick has international reputation for conducing high-quality research in the field of optical-wireless systems. Besides, I wanted to research on Radio on Visible Light technology, which closely fitted with the technical expertise of my supervisor which was a perfect starting point for my doctoral research. Importantly, I was offered a departmental bursary towards my studies, with an opportunity to teach undergraduate and postgraduate students, which I was keenly interested at that time. As I already had prior experience studying in another leading institution in Britain, it became even more imperative to carefully select a university offering congenial environment to conduct good research – for all this I could not find a better place than Warwick!

What I liked best about my time at Warwick:

- It has been an incredible learning experience at Warwick. Although I was already aware of its international reputation before joining the university, I got to experience the reasoning during my studies.  I noticed that Warwick is not just a place for academic progression, but a marvellous platform for a student’s overall development. Students here (i.e. if they really mind) can develop any skill or pursue any interest they may wish. There is opportunity for every individual to recognize any of their hidden talents and harness it to its best potentiality. The university offers a place for every student irrespective of their race, nationality or background to develop in any stream they may choose to specialize in.  Like for example when I was at Warwick, alongside my doctoral research, I focussed towards developing other skills through my association with Warwick Volunteers, RSSP, Engineering committees, part-time job at Barclays Bank and various other university societies. Besides, there were several academic research related workshops/trainings offered throughout the year, which greatly supported every stage of my doctoral studies. In addition, I completed two other post-graduate qualifications, and had the opportunity to represent and win prizes for Warwick at various inter-university competitions/events. All this and in addition to few more activities would not have been possible without the timely assistance, professional and yet very helpful staff at Warwick. Here, I would like to stress upon that both the academic and non-academic staff are very approachable and always ready to help with any kind of student enquiries/issues. So, in a way, it is difficult yet at the same time very nice for me to say that I do not have one best, but several fond memories to share about Warwick. The three and half years’ or slightly more time spent has completely transformed my personality, whereby, I feel a very different person to the one when I first started.

After completing my doctorate:

- Soon after graduating from Warwick, I worked as lecturer in electrical engineering in a university college in the north of England. Later, to fulfil my long-standing desire to research and specialize in mobile technology, I started work in Nokia Bells as Radio Research Engineer in 5G technology. During my role at Bell Labs, in parallel to my contribution to 5G projects within the company, I was involved in 5G PPP mmMAGIC project. Soon after, I switched roles within company to work as 5G functional specification engineer in Nokia Mobile networks, and more recently moved to Nokia’s patenting business in Stuttgart, to work as Intellectual Property Rights Specialist. At Nokia Technologies, I’m in-charge of review, filing, prosecution and examination of in-house 3GPP standards related inventions.  

If I could time travel, what advice would I give my younger self, when starting a PhD at Warwick?

- I do not have any regrets as I made best use of my time and facilities offered at Warwick for my personal and professional development. What I do wish to advice other new comers though, is to make the best use of the various opportunities offered. Studying at Warwick is an exceptional once in a life time opportunity, which would be very unwise to miss!

If you were to describe your time at Warwick in just 3 words, what would they be?

  • Instead of words, I wish to refer Warwick by a short phrase: “An incredible place for transformation”

Anything else to add?

I wish the University the very best in continuing its mission of imparting high-quality education to all students irrespective of their background or nationality, for the betterment of the local community and to the overall wider society.

Mon 12 Feb 2018, 08:31