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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  • Esra, TOBB ETU asked Philippa Martin, University of Canterbury, New Zealand

    Added Monday, September 21, 2015 at 1:58 PM

    Hi Mrs. Martin, I am a second grade student at electrical engineering and I will be 3 at the end of this semester. I always wanted to study something like art and thought I will hate engineering. However, things worked differently and I can say I'm really fascinated by the digital design and electronics. I really want to plan a career in this field but I don't know how can I do and what should I do from now on. I am looking for advice from professionals. Thank you so much in advance. Regards
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  • Philippa Martin, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
    Answered Thursday, October 4, 2018 at 10:21 AM

    You are missing a crucial word, 'yet' ;) If you are determined and you reach out for help and keep trying, then you can master math. So, when you get stuck with a math problem, say to yourself, I'm smart, I'm capable, I'm going to conquer this. Engineers ...

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  • 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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