The reason I ask is that I know a guy in Italy who is currently designing firmware, but who is looking for a design position with FPGAs.
I just received an email from a 28-year-old electronics engineer in Italy. He started by saying:
Hello Mr. Maxfield, I always read Your articles with attention and respect.
Well, as you can imagine, I quickly realized that this is a bright young man with a keen intellect who knows "what's what" (grin).
Anyway, this engineer (whose name I shall withhold, because I don't want to land him in the soup with his current employer) informed me that he is currently working as a firmware developer. However, since the work he did on his master's thesis, his great passion is to work with programmable logic.
Based in Milan, Italy, he's looking for a position as a junior digital designer that will allow him to embark on a career in programmable logic. Sad to relate, however, thus far he hasn't found many opportunities that will allow him to work with FPGAs, VHDL, and suchlike.
I asked him if he was prepared to move, and he replied: "Of course, I'm ready to move anywhere in Europe, just give me 5 minutes to pack!" So I think we can take it that he's keen.
So, if you know of any possibilities, please email me and I'll forward your messages on and put you in touch with each other.
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