Francesco Abbinante, University of Cincinnati

What is your title?
Computer Engineer Intern

How did you first learn about MacB?
I first learned about MacB when preparing for a job fair held at the University of Cincinnati. I was looking for companies that were very involved with technology and that provided me with the most growth in terms of experience. I read a lot about MacB and I just kept loving the company more and more. At the job fair, I gained a lot more information about it and I just wanted to work here more than anything. 

What does a typical day at MacB look like?
I get to my desk and write out a list of things that I have to do or things that I want to learn. I then ask my team members what I should work on (which is usually a code that they need for the project we are working on) and I get to programming. Every once in a while, I take a 5 minute break and look at the list I made, and I research the content (it could be anything from how engines work to the types of semiconductors) thus allowing me to take in more information daily and become a better  engineer.

What do you like best about your job?
I love becoming more familiar and comfortable with different programming languages. It is such a great feeling to write code and understand it. Even if there are errors, I love being able to think of the possible causes and the different ways to fix the issue. There is so much creativity involved in my job. 

What is the most exciting aspect of your job?
The most exciting aspect of my job is waking up each day knowing that I know more than I did the previous day and also knowing that I will know yet even more the next day. 

What do you like most about MacB?
I love the atmosphere here at MacB. Everyone is so friendly and they are always willing to help me when I am in need. In a place such as this where questions are welcomed, there is always something new to learn. 

Describe MacB in three words.
Limitless, Passionate, United

How has/did your internship prepared you for your career?
Each day, I am gaining experience with both working with others to meet a common goal, and also using the resources around me to learn and solve problems independently as well, which is essentially what being an engineer is all about. Prior to working here, I had no knowledge of programming with C# and now I am developing useful applications with it so I am thankful for all of the preparation I am getting for my career.

What advice do you have for prospect MacB interns?
Don’t be afraid to ask questions. It is in your best interest to ask and learn as much as you possibly can about your field of interest. Everyone at MacB is very experienced and so they might have ways to go about a problem that could greatly benefit you in the future when in a similar situation. 

What’s Next?
The University of Cincinnati’s co-op rotation is every other semester so I plan on alternating between UC and MacB for a healthy cycle of education and experience.