Design Engineer and Master of Computing alumnus Xiang (Jonathan) Li’s experiences have been geographically diverse, with a career-path that has so far spanned China, Singapore and Australia. As a FPGA (or field-programmable gate array) Design Engineer at Metamako, Jonathan is contributing to the development of cutting-edge network devices that provide cost-effective, nanosecond-level access to exchanges critical to the financial and investments industry.
The son of two teachers, Jonathan enjoys the challenge of applying his own continuous learning each day to solve high tech, high finance problems.
“I work on developing leading edge, unique technology. My time at ANU prepared me to progress existing technologies and create innovative products.”
“The programming techniques I learned through my studies with ANU were hard skills I directly applied in my former role as a Verification Engineer for semiconductor and telecommunications giant, Qualcomm.”
Programming skills were far from the only thing Jonathan took away with him when he graduated from ANU in 2010.
“The courses offered by the College of Engineering and Computer Science are very challenging but at the same time, very relevant. Lecturers introduce the latest technology developments from industry to students so that they can understand the real-world applications of their coursework.”
“Many of my courses involved presentations and group discussions. This experience has helped me to prepare for the regular presentation of my work and discussions with colleagues about projects that I now find to be a critical element of success.”
Beyond the classroom: “ANU is a multicultural university, you can meet and talk to people from around the world. This provided such a great foundational experience for me now working in Australia, where the workforce in any organisation is so diverse.”
Jonathan works on incredibly varied technological challenges in order to improve the usability and performance of complex systems. Having worked in the industry for nearly a decade, he offers an experienced perspective on the nature of the work heading into the future.
“Combining aspects of both a computer science and engineering degree will place you well in an industry where the boundaries between hardware and software are becoming blurred. So many software implementations will become hardware implementations in the future and hardware engineers of today and tomorrow need software skills.”