Learn to know some of our Embedded Heroes

Since day one we at RTE have had the ambition to only employ specialists that are passionate about their work and Christian and Maja are good examples of that. They are both talented developers and great co-workers.

Christian is a experienced systems designer and programmer that exudes a positive energy and contributes to a pleasant working environment.
 
Why did you choose to work for RTE?
- An old colleague of mine knew of RTE. He had worked with consultants from RTE and recommended that I get in contact with them to find out whether there were any vacancies, and luckily there was. I was looking for a company where I could take the next step in my career, and I wanted to find a workplace where I could deepen my knowledge of embedded systems development and programming, a place where I would have skilled co-workers and the opportunity to work on interesting projects.

How has it lived up to your expectations so far?
- I’ve worked at RTE since spring and so far it’s been great! I have colleagues who are fun to work with and we have interesting projects. At RTE I have a sense of freedom that suits me. I have the opportunity to influence the way we work in the team, and we leave a lot of responsibility to the consultants.

How would you describe yourself?
- I studied computer science in Luleå, but I’m originally from Kristianstad. I´ve been in the business for ten years, and for most of my professional career I’ve been a consultant working with systems design and SW development. I see myself as more of a generalist than a specialist with some narrow field of expertise. I like to take a pragmatic and practical approach to product development. A few examples of the products and solutions I’ve designed and developed are point-of-sale terminals, assistance equipment for the elderly and for people with visual impairments and an IoT solution for a smart battery system.

What are your main strengths?
- The ability to understand and figure out how mechanical and electrical parts work together. I can see and sense how a product is supposed to work and I can take a product from the idea stage to the point where it performs the desired function.

Do you have a dream project?
- I enjoy working with systems and products where you can see their advantage or purpose, such as mechanical systems and motor controls. Things that are hands-on, that you can touch and feel, where you can get a sense of the whole system or product. One “dream-project” I have is to design self-supporting systems that run on renewable energy – solar power, for example. I’d like to work with everything, from low-level design at the sensor level right up to the level of a complete system that is self-supporting throughout. Like an energy-neutral hose or something like that.

 
Maja is a talented SW developer and she’s been working at RTE for a couple of years now and has proven to be a valuable team player with a sharp mind.

Why did you choose to work for RTE?
- I wanted to find a specialist company where I could develop as a system designer and programmer. I got a tip from a friend that RTE had an opening, so I applied.

How has it lived up to your expectations so far?
- At RTE we have really talented people, and when you work as closely as we do and in the way that we do, you end up growing and evolving as a developer. Working at a consultant company that is specialised in product development has given me the opportunity to work with all kinds of different products and systems, and that has been rewarding. We’re a great team, and you always have someone to ask if you have a problem or need to discuss a solution. I’ve learned a lot since I started here. At RTE I found what I was looking for. I think we provide an environment where you can grow not only as a developer but also as a person.  

How would you describe yourself?
- I studied theoretical physics, and after university I earned a Ph.D. in particle physics at Cern, a European research organisation that operates the largest particle physics laboratory in the world. While doing my Ph.D., I started to work with computer analysis and data mining. That path led me to programming. Before I started at RTE, I was working with algorithm design and software development at a large global med-tech company that’s specialised in medical imaging.

What are your main strengths?
- I consider myself to be an analytical person and a problem-solver. Those are skills that I refined during my years working in research. I´m used to working in an international environment and co-operating with many different nationalities. That’s given me a good understanding of how to carry out projects efficiently and of how important the role of communication is. Working in research has also been a good way of learning how and why working agilely is so efficient in development projects. In research, you often don´t know at the start what you might discover during the course of the project. You have to learn to adapt and sometimes change direction at some point during the project. Research has also taught me that you may not always find what you were looking for when you started, but you may find many other things along the way that you weren’t expecting to find, things that are sometimes maybe more interesting than what you set out to find in the first place.

What motivates you?
- I love problem-solving, so working with advanced programming and algorithms for data analysis suits me well. I like working in a dynamic environment where you’re challenged and you get to see and experience new things. I’ve already worked on everything from med-tech to cow-milking equipment and IoT, and I’m looking forward to designing and developing even more different types of products and systems.