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Meet the Dexory Team: Suli, Embedded Electronics Engineer

Can you briefly introduce yourself and provide an overview of your role within the company?

I joined Dexory eight months ago and I work as an Embedded Electronics Engineer. The main part of my job is the hardware circuit design, as well as embedded firmware (a form of microcode or program embedded into hardware devices to help them operate effectively). Essentially, I try to find and build ways of controlling and monitoring real-time systems.

At Dexory, I design the circuits that facilitate the propagation of the signal from the robot's brain to other parts of the robot, for example, if the lights need to be switched on. I also look at distributing the power that flows into the robot in a way that's safe and logical.

Electronics is a very big passion of mine, and I have been doing it for six years now. My experience in various industries has shown me the limits of what can be done with electronics. Going over the edge is the most interesting part of my job: there are always many interesting challenges that arise, and often you have to think outside the box because the problems we have are very specific. It’s not really possible to buy a solution and make it work, you have to actually design a bespoke solution that would suit the requirements of the robot.

What unique skills or perspectives do you bring to the workplace that set you apart from others?

Growing up in diverse settings has taught me to understand different perspectives. This skill comes in handy in the electronics world, where clear communication is key, especially with non-technical folks. I'm good at breaking down complex concepts and bringing everyone along in discussions. Plus, my background in high-tech electronics has taught me to be super detail-oriented and independent. Working in a small team, I've learned to make informed decisions backed by solid data and testing. So, I’d say I bring a unique mix of empathy, cultural insight, and technical know-how to the table.

Why did you choose to work at Dexory?

I chose to work at Dexory for both personal and professional reasons. On the professional side, who wouldn't want to work on robots? It's such a niche area in the world of electronics and robotics and it's incredibly intriguing. Dexory stood out to me as a company where I could not only contribute to the design process but also work on a fascinating product that keeps me motivated to tackle challenges head-on.

The diverse team at Dexory is something that really resonates with me on a personal level. Coming from a background where I've been exposed to various cultures and perspectives, I've always appreciated environments where diversity is celebrated. Dexory boasts a team from upwards of 30 countries, creating a vibrant mosaic of experiences and ideas. This diversity allows me to stand out by being myself and brings a sense of belonging that I've never experienced in a workplace before.

Have you got a funny or memorable office prank or inside joke that has become a part of the company's culture?

A funny joke that has become a good memory involves a test robot we use regularly. We usually number our robot but this particular robot has garnered quite a reputation among the team. We affectionately named him Kevin. He can be a bit non-cooperative at times, much like a stubborn friend who sometimes doesn't want to cooperate.

People began referring to the robot as Kevin in everyday conversations, and it even made its way onto the official calendar when booking test sessions. It's amusing how a simple nickname for a machine has become an integral part of our office.

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This company has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement number 849938