Super Seven #28 Priya Gupta
In our 28th Super Seven Series we profile our Senior IC Design Engineer, Priya Gupta. Priya joined us in November 2022 bringing with her extensive skills in Flexible Electronics and Wireless Sensing.
1. Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
My journey that has led me to where I am today has been interesting and exciting. I have studied electronics and communication engineering and specialized in microelectronics. I’ve always been passionate about electronic gadgets and always curios to know about how billions of transistors implement into a single Integrated Circuit (IC). After completing my PhD degree in low power IC Design, Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship granted by European Commission gave me the chance to conduct research on IC design at the Scottish Microelectronics Centre, University of Edinburgh. I have successfully designed and taped out my first chip used for biomedical applications.
My ever-growing passion for research in biomedical applications pushed me to start working with WEISS centre at UCL Department of Medical Physics & Biomedical Engineering, where I have focused on real-time healthcare issues. I have learned about the development of different types of tactile sensors and their integration with flexible electronics and wireless sensing circuity to help clinicians during surgical procedures, by giving them objective information that could help improve their safety and training. I have enjoyed academic research, especially usage of miniaturized microelectronics in translational healthcare technology. However, I wanted to explore my IC design expertise in unique and growing technologies, so I joined KETS last year.
I am a mum of one and have recently moved into .
2. What do you do in KETS?
I am working as a Senior IC Design Engineer. My recent project is based on design and optimization of the mixed signal high speed IC design blocks for our current QKD systems.
3. What’s the most enjoyable part of your job?
I am doing the work which I have always been fascinated about. The most enjoyable part of my current job is the integration of two different technologies (mixed-signal high speed microelectronics and photonics). At times, the implementations of IC design using new technologies has become very challenging while maintaining the optimized parameters. It gives me a real sense of achievement and proud feeling when circuit designs are working.
4. What inspires you?
I would have to say that my father has been my greatest help and inspiration. He introduced me to the bigger world of the engineering field and showed me that you can always continue doing the things you are passionate about no matter how early or late in your career you are. He always encourages me to see the greater picture and have confidence in myself even when I don’t. I would not be able to be where I am today without his support.
I’m usually inspired by goal oriented, ambitious, and kind people.
5. What advice would you give someone wanting to get into IC design engineering?
Make sure you love what you do and have a basic understanding about it. If you have both then the challenges that come are much easier to manage. If the IC design engineering field motivates you then go for it and pursue your passion. This field can be challenging, but I can tell you from personal experience that it is incredibly rewarding. Sometimes, it takes a long time to see the results of our work/effort, but this does not mean that it is non-existent. We need to always move forward and enjoy as much as we can along the way.
6. What do you do when you’re not in work?
I love to spend time with friends and family, especially with my daughter. I also like to watch geopolitical news and current affairs. I love travelling and exploring new places.
7. Where’s your favourite place?
My home in India 😊
To get in touch with Priya, drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org