Becoming a Computer Engineer – Franzel Pena

Thanks to the generosity of the Bergami Family and the UNH Division of Student Affairs, eight UNH undergraduate students received a stipend to cover expenses related to their unpaid internship experience.  The eight recipients will be reflecting on their internship experience over the course of the summer. This entry is from Franzel Pena, Computer Engineering  Major, who is interning with Anchor Science LLC.

I have enjoyed working along a team of interns from different fields of study at this internship.  I took advantage and learned from the different events that would raise while solving challenges and problems—these events tested my skills and showed me which of them need more improvement.  At first, I was worried that the material and topics covered in this internship would be related exclusively to the field of biomedical engineering.  I had the opportunity to experience something very different to what I expected; we covered concepts from my area of study, computer engineering, as well as ideas and practices from biology, electrical engineering, and computer science.  This allowed me to explore different sets of opportunities that those areas of study can offer and has inspired me to expand my knowledge in other studies.

I strongly believe that this opportunity has improved my communication and critical thinking skills by constantly practicing and learning about them from other interns, experienced researchers, and engineers.  Additionally, working in a team of other interns and engineers has improved my ability to work collaboratively with others to accomplish a goal.  These skills are invaluable and are fantastic techniques to bring back for my classes and future career.  Overall, this internship has function as an excellent way to test and provide me with a detailed perspective of the world of computer engineering.  As this internship is coming to an end, I still feel the impulse to continue exploring more about computer engineering.  I believe that the kind of environment in which I work is the right fit and will continue to provide the knowledge that I seek in the area of engineering.  I plan to use the techniques, which I learned in the field, when I return to UNH.  During class, we are introduced to many ideas and concepts.  In that case, this will be the perfect environment to put a new technique, which I learned from my internship—testing a theory by putting it to practice.   My goal will be to find practical applications to the material that I learn from class in order to explore what is behind the theory and allow me to retain supplementary knowledge.

After having such an educational and beneficial experience at my internship, I am looking forward being an intern once again in my career.  I have already received an offer from Anchor Science’s CEO to continue my work with the company.  I am confident that this opportunity will allow me once more to continue gaining knowledge and skills that essential for my future career as a computer engineer.


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