Here in our latest series EW BrightSparks from 2022highlight Arturas Matusevicius, MSc student in Electronic Power Engineering at Northumbria University Newcastle upon Tyne.
Arturas has a strong aptitude for electronic engineering, having started at a young age, spending much of his time taking apart consumer electronics. He has also applied his electronics know-how to sustainability and the environment, and has also been involved in STEM activities to help spread knowledge and information.
His candidate, a professor at Northumbria University, described Arturas as one of the “most talented and motivated engineering students” they had known. Specifically, “demonstrating ‘a high level of ability and diligence in the field of electronic energy.’
We learned that Arturas has the ability to master engineering design and think creatively. He can also write very clearly about abstract engineering concepts for a wider audience.
Described as a top 5% student, consistently achieving strong first results in the majority of his modules on his course, he has also demonstrated excellent research skills and a clear ability to think independently.
His specialization is in the future of battery technology and the potential for greater energy sustainability and his work has been published in a number of media.
Specifically, rechargeable Li-ion batteries have emerged as the dominant source of energy storage for consumer electronics, automotive, and stationary storage applications. And at his university, Arturas carried out a comprehensive review of the current state of battery technology, which directly fueled the growing joint R&D between research staff at Northumbria University and battery giant British Volt, who plan to expand their manufacturing capabilities in the North East of England in the future .
For six months he worked at Titontec, in Newcastle upon Tyne, as an electromechanical engineer. Here he was responsible for developing battery, blackbody and wireless charging circuits; for simulation of heat transfer (CFD) and behavior of electrical circuits (SPICE); and also in-house custom PCB manufacturing and SMD soldering
Arturas has also worked as a freelance mechanical designer: designing and manufacturing chemical safety equipment, Covid-19 PE and matching structures for 3D scanned models.
While at the university, we learned that Arturas had become a distinguished circuit designer and had built strong relationships with many of the engineering and environmental faculty at his university, often discussing design concepts and new approaches to increasing the efficiency of storage devices of energy.
This led to him being given the opportunity to work as a Senior Technician in the Maths, Physics and Electrical Engineering Laboratories at Northumbria before completing his MSc at Northumbria at the very young age of 22.
As an example of his work, he has excellent public engagement The conversationsummarizing his overview of the future of battery technology.
He is pictured above receiving his award from Isabella Mascarenhas (VP, Grass Roots & Shining Stars, RS Group), one of the EW BrightSparks judges, and Richard Watts (emap MD, publisher of Electronics Weekly). Congratulations to Arturas!
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