Yanquan Luo

When I was a child, I was always curious about the world inside a chip, and always wanted to know why a tiny piece of semiconductor can become so powerful. To dig into this, I chose Microelectronics as my major in my bachelor program in China. Before finishing my bachelor program, I told one professor who I admired a lot that I planned to continue my study in Microelectronics in Europe, and asked him which European university he recommended. He said TU Delft immediately. Therefore, I chose TU Delft for my master study. Of course, my master major was still Microelectronic. The main activity in the first year of the master program was taking lectures. Although a lot of knowledge in class was already taught in my bachelor program, I really enjoyed those lectures, especially the way the lecturers explained the knowledge. In the second year of my master program, I conducted my master thesis in the campus. After working on my thesis for a few months, I was asked to switch my subject from the one I was interested in to another one I was less interested in. That was a pity. Thanks to my daily supervisor, I still learnt a lot from the topic I was less interested in.

After I got my master degree from TU Delft, I didn’t start work immediately. Instead, I took a few months’ gap to travel around and to think about my future plan. Thanks to the education I got from TU Delft as well as from the other schools I attended before, I got three options for my first job. These three working opportunities were from three different countries:  the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. Although the Netherlands is a lovely country, I went to Germany because I would like to experience the life in different countries. I work as a researcher on integrated mixed-signal circuit design in the institute of Microelectronics in a German university; once I complete my project, I will be granted a PhD degree.

It has been more than one year since I graduated from TU Delft. I still miss the unique atmosphere there. And I always highly appreciate that the education I got from TU Delft well prepares me for my career. I would choose TU Delft again if I were given a second chance to choose my master programme university.

I don't have a lot of working experience yet, but if I have to give some advice to the prospective students, I would say: find your passion and concentrate on it.

Bachelor programme: Microelectronics, Fudan Universit, China
Master programme: Electrical Engineering, TU Delft
Track: Microelectronics
Current position: researcher and PhD candidate, University of Ulm