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Student is an MVP at Texas Instruments

By Costa Maragos Posted: January 4, 2016 6:00 a.m.

Student Trevor Tomesh is working on his PhD and continues as a sessional lecturer in Computer Science.
Student Trevor Tomesh is working on his PhD and continues as a sessional lecturer in Computer Science. Photo courtesy of Trevor Tomesh.

From the big state of Texas comes a big honour for Computer Science student Trevor Tomesh.

He’s been named a member of Texas Instruments Engineer-to-Engineer MVPs (most valuable persons) Program, one of 39 people from 26 countries to receive the designation.

Texas Instruments is one of the world’s largest suppliers of computer chips and semi-conductors.

“I wasn’t expecting it. I felt, ‘really me?’ It really came out of nowhere,” says Tomesh. “I’ve always been a fan of Texas Instruments.”

Tomesh is praised by the company for providing “invaluable participation and related community efforts in working to build a stronger TI (Texas Instruments) community.”

And here’s why: people turn to Tomesh for help relating to the MSP430 microcontroller platform. It’s a tiny computer that is pervasive across much of technology.

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The Texas Instruments MSP430 microcontroller is a tiny computer embedded in thousands of every day devices.
For example, if you have a smart watch then you have a microcontroller. It is the same with a phone, thermostat or almost anything that requires some kind of digital logic.

“Mostly, people come to me to learn more about microcontroller technology,” says Tomesh. “I show the basics of it; how to hook it up, to do any sort of function that it’s capable of doing. I show people how to solve problems using microcontroller technology, especially as it relates to MSP430.”

People connect with Tomesh through social media, including Periscope, which is Twitter’s live streaming application, and the Texas Instruments Engineers to Engineers forum (e2e.ti.com). He also conducts webinars on behalf of Texas Instruments.  

The praise doesn’t end there. Texas Instruments also notes that it values the excellent BETA testing feedback it receives from Tomesh.

“I’m asked to evaluate products, especially MSP430 prototyping platforms. I am always very excited as I try to think how can I integrate this technology in my research? How can I advise Texas Instruments in return?” says Tomesh.

Right now Tomesh is working on his PhD at the U of R and teaches a Computer Science class (CS 207 – Building Interactive Gadgets). He’s now into his second  year teaching as a sessional instructor.

He arrived at the U of R in 2013. Tomesh is originally from Cameron, Wisconsin, and received his BSc in Physics from the University of Wisconsin – River Falls. He attended graduate studies at The University of Worcester in England where he took computing before coming to Regina.

“I find the Computer Science program at the U of R is supportive and accommodating, especially for international students like myself,” says Tomesh. “At the U of R they are open to teaching non-traditional courses like hardware that would normally be seen in electrical engineering programs. And I think it’s important for CS students to have exposure to that, because it lays the foundations for computer science.”

Tomesh was asked to provide advice to students considering computer science studies at the U of R.

“If you’re looking for career opportunities, CS is the way to go. The market is in dire need of computer literacy,” he says.

For now, Tomesh is planning to graduate in two years with a PhD in Computer Science and hopes to continue teaching at the U of R.

In the meantime, he plans on continuing to work with the Texas Instruments community. That’s just what you would expect from an MVP.