Interning at Etix: Pierre-Olivier Di Giuseppe talks about
In the latest in our “Meet the Interns” series, Delano catches up with Pierre-Olivier Di Giuseppe, whose internship with Etix Everywhere Luxembourg sees him collaborating on a very important project.
Di Giuseppe tells Delano about why he chose Luxembourg and why he would return if given the opportunity.
Where are you from?
I was born in Metz, France. I spent my childhood and teenage in Louvigny, a small village located between Metz and Nancy (France), known in the region for its little airport.
How old are you?
Where do you go to school and what do you study?
I study computer science and engineering at Epita, Paris. My studies include classical engineering fields, like mathematics, physics, project management and also very different fields related to computer science. I obviously study computer programming, but also advanced algorithms, operating system and even a little bit of electronics.
For the last two years I’ve been specialising in embedded systems and low-level programming. I wanted to know as much as possible about how computers work in their deep layers. Embedded Systems are often much more complicated to program than a general public computer. They are very specifically designed to achieve one task, and you must handle a great variety of topics like algorithmic efficiency, power consumption, and obviously security.
Where are you interning?
I’m interning at Etix Everywhere, Luxembourg, and to be precise at Etix Labs which is the R&D lab of the company. Etix Everywhere is building and operating cutting edge data centers all over the world. Etix Everywhere wants to push the data center automation ahead, and that is the reason why they are investing a lot in the R&D lab.
I’m working on a confidential project about the physical security aspects of data centers with a team of electronic engineers.
Why did you choose to come to Luxembourg? And why did you apply for this position?
I studied and lived in Paris for the last five years. I wanted to get back home, close to my family, to be able to spend time with family and childhood friends. Jobs in my field of expertise are very limited in the Metz/Luxembourg area. When Etix Everywhere's recruitment team got in touch with me and told me about the project, I didn’t hesitate and said yes straight away.
What kind of tasks do you do?
The team I work with is designing the hardware part of our products. My job is linking the work of the hardware team and the software team. I am working on developing the operating system of one of Etix Labs products. To explain my task in more detail, a software should be able to control every electronic feature. To enable Software developers to control the electronic system, I am developing the very first software layer.
Are you paid?
What do you like most about the experience and what are you learning from it?
I really feel like a full member of the project team. I can really give my input and participate in the decision-making process. I feel empowered and appreciated. For the first time in my life, I’m working on a brand new project that has not been implemented yet. I mean, we are working on the very first version of a product, which was still in prototyping phase when I arrived in the company.
My teammates are sharing their energy and enthusiasm and it's really motivating. We are now finalising everything in order to install the first version of the system in September 2017 in one of Etix Everywhere's data centers.
Every single positive result looks like a giant step, because all of us know how much energy was involved in this step. Electronics and computer science are the very only sciences in which you will meet people who are happy to see a LED turning on. You should have seen us, when the project first worked in real conditions: We felt like the Nasa succeeding in launching a space shuttle.
I also learnt the importance of team work, because the work of my colleagues and therefore also the final product, depends on the quality of my work.
Would you like to move to/work in Luxembourg after graduating college?
Yes absolutely. I really like the quality of life over here. You can live in a European capital city while still being in a very peaceful and safe environment, where distances are quite small, compared to Paris. I really like the fact that you can work downtown and then find yourself in the countryside after driving less than 30 minutes.