My name is Mattia Carpin, I'm 27 years old, and I graduated from University of Padova two years ago.
I've always been passionate about engineering, and I enrolled for my Bachelor Degree in Information Engineering when I was 19. During my bachelor, I decided to follow the lead of a very smart professor, and I spent a couple of months learning how to use a network simulator with the purpose of investigating efficient resource allocation techniques for LTE networks. The results were interesting, we put them into my bachelor thesis, and thanks to my teacher and his staff I had the privilege to co-author my first scientific paper.
Full of enthusiasm, I enrolled for my Master Degree in Telecommunications Engineering right after defending my thesis. During the master, I met new outstanding professors, incredibly smart and well prepared, always ready to lead students towards exciting experiences. Thanks to one of them, I was involved in a project with the research division of Telenor, Norwegian National Internet Service Provider for a couple of months. Telenor appreciated my work, and proposed me a summer internship in Oslo, where I kept working on LTE networks. The project led to the submission of two articles for international conferences, and gave me the opportunity to travel to Boston to present our work. I also spent five months as an exchange student at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, working on the localization of Wi-Fi devices using flying Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. The whole work has formed the core of my master thesis, and together with the staff of the EPFL laboratory, we presented a poster at NIPS, a conference in Montreal, in 2016.
Back to our days, last year I got a position for a company based in Pisa (Italy) as a radar system engineer. In my company we design, engineer, produce and test different types of radar system. I like my job, it is heterogeneous and challenging. The university has for sure given me the necessary background useful to tackle all the daily problems we find in our radar systems (real world is unfortunately full of challenging problems!).
In a nutshell, I would strongly recommend DEI department to other students, both for the quality of teaching, and for the incredible possibilities that every professor is capable of offering.