Meet Leesa Kingman our Senior Embedded Hardware Engineer.
Leesa Kingman joined Arralis in December as a Senior Embedded Hardware Engineer. Leesa discovered her interest in engineering after attending a Girls into Electronics course at Oxford Brookes University and is now a keen advocate of STEM activities and promoting women in engineering, often visiting local schools to discuss her passion for engineering and the opportunities available.
We caught up with Leesa to get to know a little more about her and her role!
What education and experience has led you to where you are today?
I studied Computer Systems Engineering, during which I became particularly interested in FPGAs. Over the years I have kept up with Industry by continuing to expand my knowledge. I have been on many courses including schematic design, layout, FPGA design, EMC and many more.
Over my 20-year career I have worked in many different industries. I worked for ABB, Nortel Networks and Raytheon as a FPGA Engineer, Deputy Electronics Manager for Knorr-Bremse (Rail) and most recently a Network Director for Techworks. I have been active in all aspects of design from architecting FPGA designs, HDL development, product test and manufacture.
What are you working on at Arralis?
I support the company with my knowledge of Embedded Hardware Design; FPGAs have been my focus through my career. I am currently involved in the W Band radar project
How’s your experience been at Arralis so far?
It’s only been 2 months and starting a job in a pandemic is not ideal! But everyone has been very welcoming and made me feel part of the team. I am expanded my knowledge of radar systems and met some fantastic engineers who I look forward to working more with.
What do you enjoy doing outside of the day job?
My passion is to help create the next generation of engineers by supporting STEM activities in local schools, judging the Big Bang Fair and girls into electronics courses. I also love spending time with my family and walking my three Springer Spaniels (yes three!). My escape is exercise and fitness; I normally do classes five days a week – Zumba is one of my favourites. I’m a keen gamer and I love to read.