Case studies

Shaping future technology

Sam Presley

Sam Presley

Software Engineer, Malmesbury

From Electronics and Hardware Engineering Intern to Software Engineer.

In 2016 I completed a three-month Electronics and Hardware Engineering internship in Dyson’s Research, Design and Development (RDD) centre in Malmesbury. At the end of my placement I was offered a graduate role and now split my time between the Malmesbury and Bristol offices.

I’d already completed a year in industry before starting university, as well as two summer placements prior to my internship here. So while I did already have some industry experience, I wanted to diversify this by working on real-world consumer products, which I hadn’t been exposed to in my previous placements. Dyson also appealed to my desire to solve everyday problems – I was amazed by the scope of new projects and their willingness to tackle challenges that other companies ignore.

I had a really positive application experience. The process was straightforward and personable throughout, and it was made clear to me that I would be given responsibility and independence during my time here. Dyson has certainly lived up to that promise, but I’ve always had the support and guidance from the wider team when I needed it. There’s also a sense of community among the interns, which made for a great social atmosphere.

Before I started my placement, I was given a list of potential projects to choose from. Dyson took my preferences into account and I actually ended up working outside of the Electronics and Hardware team on a cross-functional technology research project. It involved researching future technologies and implementing proof of concepts to understand how our owners may interact with Dyson products in the future.

I wasn’t expecting the project to be so important in shaping the future development of Dyson’s technology platform, but it was amazing to know that my work had a real business purpose. As a result of being given so much responsibility and a free reign, I was able to direct my own personal learning within the connectivity area. Both my intern project and my current work as a graduate have had a surprisingly high level of exposure, which has been fantastic for my career development.

I’ve since returned to Dyson as a graduate in Connectivity, where I work on developing our future connected products. My team is multi-disciplinary, with mobile app, cloud and embedded electronics engineers sitting side-by-side. Working with teams across the organisation, we’re able to rapidly prototype solutions and bring the product vision to life. The work is dynamic and fast-paced, which I love, and has a lot of influence over the direction of Dyson technologies.