Abdel loves the variety his work provides and has been enjoying the chance to get more and more involved in the Internet of Things, including shaping industry standards.
What’s your name?
32 years old.
Where do you work?
Jasper Wireless – Mountain View, California.
What's your job title?
Wireless network architect.
How long have you been doing that?
I’ve been working at Jasper for three years and have ten years total engineering experience.
How did you get there?
I started my career at General Electric, and then spent a few years at Verizon. Three years ago, I joined a smaller, highly innovative Silicon Valley company that was doing amazing things in the Internet of Things area – Jasper. Along the way, I've found that the key to success is to love your job. Additionally, you must go above and beyond expectations and remember that hard work doesn’t go unnoticed. Lastly, being a team player and good communicator are important skills to possess.
What's the work and day-to-day experience like?
At Jasper I get involved in a lot tasks, including providing technical design and support of data network infrastructure and services, monitoring and troubleshooting the data network, supporting integration and testing with worldwide wireless carriers, leading activities for implementing and integrating various platforms, day to day operation and support of wireless network infrastructure and supporting customer care in investigating clients’ issues.
What's the best thing about the job?
No day is ever the same and so I enjoy going to work each morning. There are new challenges every day that shape my skills and keep me interested. We're shaping the Internet of Things, making it possible for enterprises to connect their devices around the world. Also, people at Jasper are top-notch at what they do and we enjoy learning from each other. The leadership team is also professional and friendly. Jasper consists of some of the most intelligent people I have ever worked with. When I go to work, I feel like I’m spending time with friends.
And the worst?
There is not enough time in the day to be engaged in all the different projects that interest me.
Have you had the chance to get involved in any special projects?
Recently Jasper was tasked with launching a mobile prepaid network for a tier-one US operator in only nine months. This meant we had nine months to build an LTE and voice network from scratch. And we did it! Truly an amazing experience and I was so grateful to be one of the key players to make it happen. I am now also representing Jasper in shaping the standards for Internet of Things with the GSMA, ITU and ETSI.
How would you describe life as a working engineer?
Engineering is an exciting profession. Engineers have diverse and cool opportunities such as software, electronics, hardware, IT, systems, wireless, network, etc. We, as engineers, are fortunate to have the flexibility of working from anywhere. Generally speaking, engineers are paid well and have a variety of options that allow you to grow personally and professionally within the field. I have never regretted being an engineer.
What did you expect when you started work?
When I began working, I was honestly overwhelmed with all of the new information I had to learn. That is what I love about this field. No matter how much experience you have, you will never know it all. As technology continues to advance, so will motivated engineers. I learned that you have to take things day by day in order to acquire your desired skills. I really surprised myself with the significant amount of knowledge and experience I have gained.
Is there any advice you’d like to pass on to those about to enter an engineering workplace?
Work hard and love what you are doing. Success does not happen overnight. Continue to learn and engage yourself in different areas, especially the unfamiliar. Never underestimate yourself or your capabilities.
What do you think you'll do next?
I would love to continue strengthening my career path by contributing to exciting technologies that shape up the Internet of Things and wireless markets. I hope to become a part of the leadership team and continue to be an asset to and learn from Jasper and the wireless world.