I’m a programmer and studying Electrical Engineering.
My name is Philipp van Kempen, I’m 23 years old and living in Munich, Germany. I would like to use this page to introduce myself, my opinion and my projects to you. There is much stuff I am interested in.
Already when I was a young teenager, I started learning programming and web develeopment by myself. Computers and the internet always have been the center of my life beside friendships and music. My interest in electronics came up after I bought an very old but awesome hifi stereo system , which was unfortunately broken. I spend much time understanding, repairing and reconditioning everything until everything worked fine and loved it, so later I was able to repair other amplifiers, tuners, record players and monitors by myself.
I decided to go to an school (Berufskolleg Beckum, NRW), where I could graduate my a-level in the subjects mathematics and infomation technology in parallel to a training as an information technology assistant. I was able to deepen both of my passions there and beside earning lots of experiencens in topics like server operating systems, networks and object oriented programming, I was introduced in microcontrollers. After I realized many of my project with Raspberry Pi’s before, I was then able to do even more… Most of my project focused on optimizing my workflows and my home. For example home automation, ambient lighting, music streaming, data logging, alarm systems and so on.
As I am playing the guitar since a long long time, music is very important to me. I have been a band member in small local bands and gained some experiences on, in front and behind the stage as musican and technican (light and sound). To balance my life a little bit I go to rock concerts regularly, especially ones by ‘Billy Talent’, my absolute favourite!
As computers have been a big topic for my in the past, I would say video games, especially indie games are also still very important to me. As I have taken part at some game-jams in the past game development and design (pixelart) are nothing new for me, but not my passion.
Since October 2017 I am studying ‘Electrical and Computer Engineering’ @ TU Munich (TUM) which was a great choice because it combines both Computer Technology and Electronics with much possibilities open for the future development of the IT industry.
If you are more interested in my work experience (internships), IT skills,.. please check out my LinkedIn
Thank you for reading and visitig mit page. I hope you can find everything you want to know, but feel free to contact me (information at the bottom of this page)…
Electrical engineering is definitely my biggest passion. That’s why I’m looking for a career in this field. Especially “Digital Design” and “Embedded Systems Engineering” are very integresting for me..
Everything started with the elective subject “Technology”, which I visited at the secondary school and taught me stuff like soldering and handling of simple circuits, on the other hand I dealt with the repair of old hi-fi equipment, which improved my understanding of analog circuits a lot.
I applied digital logic for the first time using my RaspberryPi, later I used a DIY Atmel development board and now I mostly tinker with Atmel ATTiny MCUs.
Lately, I’ve also looked at HDLs and expanded my horizons about development with TI Launchpads and ESP8266 modules.
During my bachelor studies in “Electrical and Computer Engineering” I earned much knownledge in different topics. Because it’s way to much to summarize is here, I will append a list of the lectures I participated.
Music has always been important in my life. More or less often I play the guitar, listen to music and sometimes I try to produce/record my own music. When I was a teenager, I played in a few punkrock/metal-bands.
Of course my wish list is infinitely big, however, I plan the purchase of:
I got in touch with programming at an early age. As far as I can remember, everything started with Visual Basic. This was followed by experiments with HTML and CSS. Out of personal interest, I have always looked for other languages and made the first steps with websites, books and videos. I have found out that it works very well if you already have ideas or projects in mind, which require knownledge in the programming language.
I understand that some of these languages are not actually programming languages.
Below you can see a (incomplete) listing of the languages I prefer.
I have already gained much experience before graduation. On the recommendation of a friend and after a lot of trial and error with Ubuntu I first used Linux Mint as my productive operating system on my laptop and Windows quickly became irrelevant for me. At the beginning of my studies, I replaced my Windows & Linux laptop with a MacBook Pro, so at least I’m still working in an UNIX environment. Fortunately, my university faculty only uses Linux distributions for student computers, which is the reason why I goy my working student job. The Linux Deployment team focusses on administrating the automation of student, lab, and employee computers. This requires knowledge of Linux, Bash, Puppet and Foreman.
Furthermore, I got in touch with Linux configuration management during my internship, where RedHat and Suse operating systems were used.
Since I have always experimented with RaspberryPi single-board computers, I am particularly used to the Debian command line. Most of the time I realize IoT and automation projects.
If you want to ask me anything, just write me a message! Choose the way how you do it by your own. ;)
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