At the beginning of my freshman year at Embry-Riddle, my goal was to study computer engineering with a focus on cyber security. As my education progressed, my focus shifted, and I instead became increasingly interested in working for private companies to develop new technologies. Classes like Digital Circuits, Microprocessors and Operating Systems taught me how to solve complex problems using both hardware and software solutions. My coursework at school also taught me invaluable lessons about troubleshooting code and circuits and approaching problems from many different directions.
This past summer I interned with Micron Technology in Boise, Idaho. Micron is a semiconductor company that produces memory devices such as dynamic random-access memory (DRAM) and flash memory as well as solid state drives. My job as an intern was to develop software to improve the testing of Micron’s DRAM products. In this job I was required to learn two new computer coding languages, and the specifics of how DRAM operates. While the task of learning two new languages sounds daunting, my courses in learning computer languages at Embry-Riddle prepared me, and I was very successful in writing the code for my internship. My courses in circuit theory and design gave me the necessary background information I needed to learn about how DRAM operates.
While I am not allowed to discuss the specifics of the work I performed for Micron, my studies at Embry-Riddle fully prepared me for all the tasks I was given in my internship. The technology I worked with at Embry-Riddle was up to industry standards which allowed me to quickly integrate into my work environment. My successes at Micron Technology can largely be attributed to the foundation my studies have provided and I am very thankful for the experiences I have had at Embry-Riddle.