Philippa Martin
Prof. Philippa Martin
Professor, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
New Zealand

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Philippa Martin completed her Bachelors of Engineering degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand in 1996. She went on to complete a PhD in 2001. Since then she has been working as a researcher and academic at the University of Hawaii (2002) and University of Canterbury 2001-current). Her research interests are in Wireless Communications Engineering, e.g. the computer algorithms and digital systems inside cell phones. Her teaching interests include circuits, systems, signal processing and communications engineering. Philippa also has two daughters who she loves to do craft projects with, such as wearable electronics. When not working, she is most likely out hiking, rock climbing or spending time with amazing people. `I have a low tolerance for boredom. With engineering I never get bored. There is always a new challenge to tackle or something seemingly impossible to conquer. I love how we can have an impact for good on how people live and communicate.` `I once got asked when I became an engineer. I say I was born one.`
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Latest Questions
  • Hadessa, Toronto

    Added Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    Is electrical engineering very difficult? If I found physics a bit hard in high school and did not really enjoy the circuits (volts, ohms, resistance, etc) part of it should I be looking into electrical or would you advise mechanical? And which engineering has the least amount of programming?
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    Philippa Martin, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
    Answered Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 5:16 PM
    Hi Hadessa, I always found Electrical Engineering (EE) easier than physics, just because of the way my mind works.  Unlike yourself, I loved circuits.  I am having heaps of fun currently with Lilypad arduino.  However, there is more to EE than just ...
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  • BlueK

    Added Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 8:40 AM

    Hi there, I really like this website, love the idea! I'm writing actually to get some advice, as I'm starting to feel frustrated and depressed about this issue. You see, I'm an engineering student who's in her last year. I used to be in the Electrical/Electronics Engineering Department, but then I transferred to another university and I'm majoring in Telecommunications Engineering since Electronics Engineering was not offered then. Anyway, to make the long story short, I've been having a lot ...
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    Philippa Martin, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
    Answered Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 8:40 AM
    Congratulations for being in your last year and for working so hard.  The world needs more engineers like you.  I imagine it is very difficult to change schools and majors during your studies.  
    You mention that your lecturer "keeps on saying ...
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  • Puja, Kolkata

    Added Monday, August 31, 2015 at 1:20 AM

    Hi! I have just completed my bachelor degree in electrical engineering, and I am preparing for the masters degree entrance exam. but I have never wanted to do any work in this field. I realized a little late that I wanted to study architecture. but I cannot do that now, so I want do do a job that requires artistic creativity or designing in electrical engineering, and I want to do a masters degree in such a field. Do you know any such field? the only degree I got that MAY be a little creative ...
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    Philippa Martin, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
    Answered Monday, August 31, 2015 at 1:20 AM
    There are lots of ways to be creative with Electrical Engineering.  I know people who have gone on to work with lighting for concerts and theatre.  There is wearable computing and e-textiles.  At my University we have the HitLab (Human Interface ...
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