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Akshat Sharma

Application engineer

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Akshat Sharma’s curiosity and perseverance have seen him help other aspiring engineers towards a dream career like his

With his deep fascination for planes and all things that soar through the sky, Akshat was always going to have one eye looking at the clouds. But today he’s exploring the depths of the oceans in his role as an application engineer at artificial intelligence-based robotics company Advanced Navigation.

“I get to test and support state-of-the-art technology, including our untethered and fully autonomous underwater robot, Hydrus,” Akshat says.

Hydrus is a fully submersible drone used for undersea research, surveys and exploration. With some serious engineering and tech on board, it can gather high-resolution data in the ocean, whether it’s monitoring coral reefs, capturing under water cinematography or inspecting offshore wind turbines.

In school, Akshat initially wanted to be a police officer. “But as I delved deeper into the field, I became fascinated with forensics. During my research on forensics, I discovered the remarkable technologies that forensic scientists employ in their daily work, igniting my curiosity in the field of technology,” he says.

To land his dream gig working with drone technology, Akshat studied maths, physics and chemistry at school and then computer systems engineering at Edith Cowan University (ECU).

At uni, he became the founding president of the Engineers Australia Student Society and is now deputy chair at Young Engineers Australia, WA.

Akshat says one of the most valuable lessons he learnt during his STEM studies was the importance of problem-solving and perseverance. “Having the ability to persist through setbacks, adapt strategies and analyse problems from various angles has proven invaluable.”

That early obsession with studying aircraft models and aerodynamics, borne of curiosity, is paying off for Akshat today.

His advice to aspiring robotics engineers? “Build a range of skills beyond just technical expertise and stay curious!” 

Akshat’s study and career path to becoming an application engineer

  • Bachelor of Computer Systems Engineering, Edith Cowan University
  • Intern and solutions engineer, Nexxis
  • Founding president, Engineers Australia Student Society, Edith Cowan University
  • Application engineer, Advanced Navigation

This article was brought to you in partnership with Edith Cowan University and first appeared in Careers with STEM: Engineering 2023.

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