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How I Became an Engineer – Adam Herrmann

Software Modelling Engineer Adam Herrmann speaks about his pathway to engineering

National Engineers Week takes place this year from February 27th until March 5th. The week-long festival of nationwide events, of which Intel is a proud supporter, celebrates the world of engineering. 63% of all Intel employees are engineers and to coincide with Engineers Week, Intel Ireland will share our #HowIBecameanEngineer series. The series shares an insight into the many different and diverse pathways that can lead to a career in engineering. Next in the series is Software Modelling Engineer Adam Herrmann, who shares an insight into how he became an engineer.


Adam Herrmann
Software Modelling Engineer, Edge IP SW, IoTG
(Internet of Things Group)
Joined Intel in January 2016

Can you share a brief description of what your job today at Intel involves?
As a modelling engineer, I have the great privilege of working with incredibly smart people across multiple teams: Software, Hardware, Architecture. The models my team and I produce are used for performance analysis to influence architectural decisions, and for verification of both hardware and software. The cross-team collaboration and being able to influence the design early in is my favourite part of the job!

Can you tell us about your pathway to engineering at Intel?
I knew I wanted to work with computers from the moment my father brought home a Compaq Contura 430C (Intel 486) from work, and then had to ask to purchase it because I didn’t want to stop playing with it. I would get home from school and poke and play with it until bedtime, and we didn’t even have internet!

I studied Electronic and Computer Engineering at UCD. It was a fantastic course as it spanned both hardware and software design and how the two work together. My favourite modules were Modelling and Simulation, and Unix Programming; which is what I now do every day!

During the Masters programme at UCD, students are given the opportunity to apply for an 8 month placement. Intel was my first choice and I was ecstatic to get a place in the IWG (Internet of Things and Wearables Group) in the DA (Design Automation) team. I really enjoyed my placement and was offered a full-time position in Intel for when I finished my UCD course.

Check out the other stories in our How I became an Engineer series.


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