Another CITC student graduated
February 13, 2023 – On February 3, CITC student Marco De Martini successfully defended his graduation project at Fontys University of Applied Sciences in Eindhoven. He now has a bachelor’s degree in electrical and electronics engineering.
When Marco started his assignment in September, he barely knew anything about semiconductors. “I wanted to learn more about semiconductors. They fascinate me as they are essential components of modern everyday life”, he explains. During his internship, Marco worked on the electro-thermal characterization of wideband gap devices. “In my assignment I got to work with the state-of-the-art equipment in the CITC lab. Most of the equipment, such as the in-situ climate chamber, was new to me so I was excited to learn how to work with it.”
Since CITC is not a very large organization, it is probably not the most obvious choice if you want to learn more about semiconductors. However, Marco’s choice for CITC, was prompted by the fact that the organization is small. “I like that you are not a number and that you have many opportunities to learn a lot. The colleagues are very knowledgeable and willing to help. I got to do a trial presentation and received useful feedback and support. This helped me to prepare for the final presentation”.
Asked to describe his internship in three words, he opts for family, inquisitiveness and high-tech. “The CITC team is small, which makes it more dynamic to talk to everyone. The colleagues were open and very welcoming. What I also liked is that everyone is open to each other’s work. Over lunch, we had broad conversations, both work-related and beyond. So, I can definitely recommend CITC to other students.”
Plans for the future
Now that he has completed his bachelor’s degree, Marco is ready for the future. Despite his American/Italian origins, he intends to stay in the Netherlands. “The Netherlands offers so many opportunities for engineers”, he explains. “I will first gain work experience. Ultimately, I would like to start my own business in solar panels. I have a background as an architectural draftsman, so I plan to combine this with my current education to work on smart homes”.
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In the picture above, Marco is standing in front of the climate chamber, the CITC in-situ test set-up, which was a big part of his project.