As an accomplished electrical engineer, my journey in the world of electronics and technology began in my childhood when I dedicated myself to disassembling electronic devices and exploring their intricate components. This early fascination with electronics eventually led me to delve deeper into the field. During my secondary school years, I delved into the art of designing and etching printed circuit boards. Armed with a soldering iron, I spent my teenage years crafting electronic marvels.
My pursuit of knowledge and expertise led me to the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, where I honed my skills and acquired a solid foundation in the field. Following my academic journey, I embarked on a professional career as a hardware design engineer, working for a variety of companies, ranging from innovative startups to industry giants like ASML – semiconductor sector.
In my current role at Avular, I have the privilege of designing cutting-edge mobile robotic platforms. Serving as a hardware design engineer, I am tasked with the development of both flying (Vertex) and driving (Origin) vehicles. Additionally, I have the honor of leading a team of talented electrical engineers within the company, guiding them towards excellence in their work.
Over the years, I have specialized in team leadership and the design of complex printed circuit boards using various ECAD tools such as Cadence OrCAD and Altium Designer. My expertise in these tools has allowed me to create innovative and reliable hardware solutions for a diverse range of applications.
Looking ahead, my aspirations in the tech industry remain high. I am committed to continued professional exploration, both in my career and as a personal hobby.
Currently based in Eindhoven, Netherlands.
I look forward to contributing to the ever-evolving world of technology.
Avular Origin One
As an Electronics Engineer on the Pioneers team, I’m dedicated to the design of mobile robotic vehicles, with a special focus on our vehicle, Origin One.
Origin One is tailored for effortless integration of autonomous ground applications in real-world scenarios, from indoor to outdoor environments.
My responsibilities encompass the EE system-level design and PCB-level design, ensuring optimal performance and reliability. I also oversee design verification and contributing to a system-level testing to guarantee quality and safety.
Avular Vertex One
As an electrical engineer I’m involved in the development of the Vertex One drone, a state-of-the-art autonomous data-gathering platform tailored to various focus domains. This remarkable drone boasts out-of-the-box autonomy, enabling it to perform tasks independently with ease.
My responsibilities revolve around designing and testing the crucial onboard electronic boards that ensure seamless drone operation. These boards are integral to the control and data acquisition systems, working in harmony to provide accurate, reliable data. The Vertex One drone is equipped with specialized sensors, making it a powerful tool for inspections and data collection.
ASML EXE5000 EUV Photolithography machine
Designing the Digital Control Circuitry for high power PSUs, used for driving the photolithography machines (semiconductor industry) to achieve a few nanometers accuracy.
EL DE, Power & High Voltage Electronics.
Digital Hardware Design Engineer.
As an Electronics designer I was responsible for designing, documenting and maintaining digital board designs, electrical modules and infrastructure.
Acted as the Electronic Development representative, interacting intensively in a multidisciplinary design team.
Terminal Board TBv2
I have worked on a bigger input/output board on which we can connect peripherals such as: linear actuators, key switches, LED diodes, buttons, DC motors, RGB LED strips, etc.. The connections between the board and peripherals is done via 72pin CardEdge connector. The circuit board is based on the NXP LPC11E67JBD100 Cortex M0+ uC and contains a few different communications: UART, MDB, I2C, SPI, USB, 1-wire, ccTalk etc.. My tasks included schematic and layout design, selection of components and drawing the symbols and footprints. The single sided 4 layer PCB contains over 400 SMD and THT components.
Project e-treadmill @Volkswagen Slovenija
The Volkswagen Slovenia (general sponsor of Volkswagen 23rd Ljubljana marathon) set the goal to offer the runners the possibility to generate the electrical energy whilst running. As an electrical engineer I was part of the team who has developed the e-treadmills. My assignment was to deal with electrical parts of the project. I have developed the 10 channel LED current indicator and charging circuit for 12V batteries. The converted electrical energy will supply the camera equipment for making the TV video spot (the commercial).
IOM6-ActiveProbes @iSYSTEM Labs
iSYSTEM Labs is developing a new family of products called Active probes. Their purpose is debugging and tracing the code in the microcontrollers. My assigment was the design of the black anodized aluminum enclosure, that has the cooling function for the device. Alongside the enclosure design I was also in charge of designing the mulilayer PCBs (8-10 lay) with 400-550 components. The heart of the circuit is the Xilinx’s FPGA with 676 pins in BGA package. The PCB contain high integration of components with high speed differential pairs.
IOM6 Add-On-Modules @iSYSTEM Labs
iSYSTEM Labs is developing a new family of products called IOM Add-On-Modules.They are used for capturing the data between two or more microcontrollers (CAN, LIN, ethernet and other comunications). My work was designing the metal sheet enclosure and the multilayer (6-8 lay) PCBs with 450-700 components. The PCBs in question contain high integration of components with high speed differential pairs.
Dental testing unit: PCB @C&C design
Both schematic and printed circuit board for electronic dental testing unit model DTU-1000 were designed from scratch. The device makes it easier to test and repair the dental handpiece and its micro motors. The 4lay circuit contains switching, linear and DC/DC isolated power supplies. Its core is a 32 bit Cortex M4 MCU from Microchip. The circuit board controlles 9 relays on which the electromagnetic valves for air and water are attached. My tasks included the schematic and layout design, the selection of components, drawing of libraries, assembling and testing the boards and ordering the material.
Dental testing unit: Enclosure @C&C design
For the DTU-1000 enclosure we chose the OKW modular enclosure and added CNC milled 2mm aluminum front and rear panels. I was in charge for the customization of mechanic parts, graphics and device’s user interface, the latter included the layout of buttons, switches, LEDs, flowmeters, manometers and other parts of the device.
Custom PCB Layouts @Torqbyte
In cooperation with the company Torqbyte we have created a couple of different custom PCB layouts 2-4lay that are going to be used for prototyping and testing purposes. The printed circuit boards are designed to be manually or mechanically assembled.
Movement data logger
In my student years I came up with an idea to develop a device that would detect the dynamic forces of kayak sprint. The circuit board is based on the Microchip Cortex M0+ MCU with an accelerometer BNO055 from Bosch Sensortec, SIMCom SIM39EA GPS receiver, Polar RMCM01 hearth rate monitor, HM TRP-868 868MHz RF transmitter, 2,7″ Sharp memory LCD LS027B7DH01 and uSD card reader. RF transmitter enables the transfer of captured data on a personal computer, which analyzes the movement of the kayak. The 4lay single sided PCB’s size is 70x50mm. On the other side of the PCB is a mounted LCD screen. The device is powered via Li-Ion battery with autonomy up to 20 hours of usage. The battery status measurements are done via fuel gauge monitor MAX17043G+U from Maxim Integrated. The waterproof enclosure is made from plastic with mounting pod that enables the placement of the device on different surfaces.
Raspberry Pi CM4 Control board
As a freelance hardware design engineer, I created a custom board using a Raspberry Pi CM4 as the core control unit. This board features multiple I/O ports and a display interface, making it a versatile solution for a range of applications. My work involved schematic design, layout, and testing to ensure a reliable and efficient hardware solution tailored to the specific needs of my clients.
Project VW car show @Agencija 101
In cooperation with the company Agencija 101 we created an interactive advertisment for Volkswagen. The task was to produce a trigger for avdio/video player on a large (7x3m) LED display. The core of the project is based on Linux operating system that runs on Raspberry Pi platform. The video was activated via PIR sensor and a touch sensitive floor mat. The assignment was to develop both hardware and software. The project was presented at the Avtosalon Ljubljana 2017.
As a hardware developer with expertise in electronics and mechanical design, I played a role in an R&D engineering focusing on data encryption devices. Designed both the circuitry and the enclosures, ensuring a seamless integration of electronics technology and physical form. The result was a cutting-edge encryption systems known as Xiphra encryptors.
Ljubljana Hardware Meetup
I am an organizer of the Ljubljana Hardware Meetup Group. The group was formed in hopes to spread the knowledge among Slovenian electrical engineers, software developers and other tech enthusiasts. The events are held on a monthly basis in Ljubljana. On our first Meetup event, I spoke about designing the multilayer PCB, defining the board’s stackup, signal & power integrity and power delivery networks.
Electronics / Hardware Talks Eindhoven
I am an organizer of Electronics / Hardware Talks Meetup group in Eindhoven. We started the series of events in wish to connect electrical engineers in Eindhoven – The Netherlands.
Events are comprised of lectures from engineers and academics and is also meant for networking.
My work includes hosting, speaking, meeting with other speakers and website maintenance.
In partnership with Altium Designer we prepared a technical article related with electronics and hardware design with name “Closing the gap between Electronics (ECAD) and Mechanics”.
More photos of my work
Explore my diverse portfolio on Instagram, where I showcase a blend of professional and amateur product development work.