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March 2, 2021
"The master MISTRE intends to prepare the students quickly for their upcoming future career."
Amir came from to study in 2018/2019 the international master MISTRE, fully taught in English. He was part of the 1st cohort of this international master.
Now he is doing a PhD at the LCIS laboratory, located within Grenoble INP - Esisar.
Let's hear about his experience!
- Why did you choose to study the MISTRE master and come to Valence?
"The MISTRE program actually has been suggested to me by one of my professors to attend to. I myself was also excited to attend it since it had 2 good qualities: good courses to get you prepared after graduation to look for good positions either in industry or in the academia, and all in a one year period. It was initially tough to handle all of it in a one-year period but fruitful at the end.
For MISTRE as far as I know and it was for our time, you don't get to work on a thesis. Instead, you are obliged to attend to an internship. This internship now would be up to the attendee. Some like it to be with a research lab, and some like to be in a company and pursue the industrial trend."
- What did you like about the master?
"The good proportions it had of theoretical trainings and practical trainings. We had plenty of lab works, some good projects to work on and an internship at the end. I myself liked a lot the practicality aspect of the program. You are not solely focused on theories, though you are being taught on theoretical concepts you have to know nonetheless, and they are not just a few. But you get also to implement them. This shows how strong the program is. Almost every course has laboratorial works as well. You get to work with software tools that assess your theoretical knowledge you have just obtained. And almost every course has its own set of software tools to work with, hence the diversity of tools you get to experience working with. You will learn a good amount of several software tools in the field of embedded systems programming and test.
So I would say it has a good amount of practicality to it, and it intends to prepare the students quickly for their upcoming future career. That would be in the field of embedded systems design, security and test.
I would also mention Esisar itself being a good hub to get to connect to companies or other universities. For starters, Esisar is the hosting place for CSAW, a cybersecurity event which happens every year and good amount of people all from industries and academia take part in it. You get to hear from companies you may want to work with in the future in this event. That and also you get to talk with professors who themselves are well connected to a community of researchers out there, so if you want more from the research part, you have plenty of great people to ask to give you guidance."
- What did you like outside your studies? Valence, travel, etc.
"To be honest, I had the intentions initially to focus as much as possible on my studies. And don't get me wrong, I love to travel and see around. Though because the program itself was tight and I had to give it all my focus, I did not plan so much to travel. But for the time I had and travelled, I visited couple of cities, Grenoble for one, and Lyon, Paris itself. And of course there is no need to speak about how beautiful France is in general, and the places I visited are of the plentiful of places worth visiting and spending time in. And I encourage the new attendees, those who will be accepted, to spend a good amount of time to travel and see around. This is a bonus one gets when he/she is studying in France. It is a wonderland of classic beauty. So don't miss it.
For Valence itself also, let me be honest. Its not a big town. But it is a beautiful town. People are kind and supportive, and they love food here, so much I can say. I am talking about variety of dishes. And Valence itself I can say is a good cultural hub as it has some beautiful cities and towns surrounding it. You are not distanced from some great places to visit by train, or by bus. The weather is also good around here. Good restaurants, good shopping malls in and around the city. Some great areas for hiking. It has it all for students, you just need to look around. And again, if you feel like you need to step out and you are getting used to it, it is just a train away from some other amazing cities like Montpellier, Marseille, Lyon, Grenoble and the rest, the list is long.
All in all, if you apply and get accepted, you will be coming to experience for a time at a place worth spending time, and you get to be trained and trained quickly for your future career, being it in the field of or related to embedded systems design and test."
- What is your current job and how did you find it?
"I am currently a PhD student of Université Grenoble Alpes (UGA) and I am located in the same school, Esisar. It is to be exact the LCIS lab which is part of the school itself.
How did I find it, well I talked to some of professors with whom I was interested to work with. Dr. Hely and Dr. Beroulle from LCIS, at the time were our professors teaching some of the courses in MISTRE. I continued my MISTRE internship with LCIS lab first and then I got a PhD offer. It is now a year and half passed since I started my PhD."