Martina Fogliato

CPU Verification Engineer

ARM - we design the components of processors

I am assigned to one block of the processor and I am in charge of applying stimuli and verifying that everything works as it is supposed to do. When I find a bug (something that does not work) I need to communicate with the designers to find a solution.

I love that my job needs creativity, inventiveness and curiosity to be able to find all the possible flaws in the design; and I love that it requires collaboration with the designers when hunting for bugs and errors!

I start my typical work day with a good (Italian) coffee. Then I sit at my desk and start by having a look at the emails, messages and at all the tests we launched during the night to see if we managed to catch any new bug. During my lunch break I like doing sport with my colleagues or play something on the Playstation (I am a big Crash Bandicoot fan!). I usually spend the rest of the day coding and discussing with my team if we have a tough problem to solve.

My job at ARM is my first one. I started as an intern right after university and I have been hired as an established employee in 2019. I am an electronic engineer and I got my bachelor degree in Italy (at Politecnico of Turin), then I moved to France for a double degree project in Smart Objects and I still live there, in the French Riviera!

I still don't know what I want to do in the future! For sure I would like to grow professionally and become very good at my job, but I would also like to be able to cultivate all of my hobbies at the same time!

I am very eclectic and I like trying new things all the time! I do circus (aerial hoop is my great love) and yoga in my spare time, but I also like surfing, paddle boarding and longboarding. I like DIY projects as well. ARM gave me the chance to volunteer in schools (last year we build a robot with high school students for example), which is something I love and (before COVID) I used to dedicate many hours to that during the week.

Fy favorite quote is from a poetry by Robert Frost: "Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference." A friend of mine dedicated it to me and it always reminds me of my journey as an engineer.