My favorite part is definitely the project I am working on.
The whole path from exploring and learning the standards and protocols that define EV charging, to implementing a control application for SECC (Supply Equipment Communication Controller) and finally deploying the application to the HIL device has been challenging but very interesting path.
I got in touch with many new technologies and integrated them together, and, seeing it all work at the end was a very satisfying feeling.
It was all extremely challenging to learn, but it was a great experience.
Tell us a little bit about yourself
I am Tijana Ostojic. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Measurement and Control Engineering with the University of Novi Sad Faculty of Technical Sciences.
I am currently studying for my Master’s degree in the same program as well as interning with Typhoon HIL.
What are you most passionate about learning — personally or professionally — and why?
I’m passionate about embedded programming and electronics. I have been interested in electronics since the beginning of high school, but I first became interested in embedded programming and embedded systems from my third year at the faculty. I had some very interesting course projects that gave me an opportunity to apply my theoretical knowledge in practical settings. Since then, my enthusiasm for the field has only increased, and the internship program at Typhoon HIL contributed to this.
What excites you about this internship?
First of all, expanding my knowledge in embedded programming. Working on protocols for EV (Electrical Vehicle) charging is exciting because it means I can learn more about such an interesting and relevant topic.
Secondly, teamwork. I have never done something serious in larger teams, so this has been a great opportunity to see how it goes.
Can you describe the company/team culture?
There are seven people in my team, and there is very nice and pleasant atmosphere. All of them are willing to help if there is any need to. Between them, my mentor, Predrag Krža, is the most involved in my project. He supervises what I do and I consult with him if there is any complications; it is very helpful to work this way. Also, I like that within the break time, people from the team play board games, which helps to relax.
Generally, all the people from company I’ve had a contact with, such as in the canteen at lunchtime, are very kind and positive.
Why have you chosen Typhoon HIL as a place for your internship and starting your career?
When I found out about Typhoon HIL, I did a little research about what the company does. The whole concept of hardware in loop simulation and the company products are very fascinating to me.
I read more about the company and what teams there are, and I was happy to see that they have an embedded software team, which is something that I want to do in my career.
So, when it came to choosing a place for an internship, Typhoon HIL was my first choice.
Did the internship here meet your expectations (was it like you have imagined or was it completely different) and to whom would you recommend this internship?
When I look back on these last three months that I spent interning, I can say that it was a great experience, and it definitely met my expectations. I finished my project, which will also be the theme for my Master thesis, I learned a lot, and interacted with all the great people in the office. I would recommend anybody interested in embedded programing to try for an internship here.
If you want to learn more about embedded programming and become an embedded software engineer, hardware in the loop simulation, or power electronics and power systems in general, check out the HIL Academy website. There are many free courses available, including the HIL for Communication Protocols built by Typhoon HIL engineers themselves. Give it a try and gain the skills you need to kick start your career!