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I worked as an Application Engineer for MathWorks Ltd. MathWorks Inc. is headquarted in Natick, Massachussets. It was founded in 1984 and has become the leading global provider of technical computing and model-based design software. MathWorks currently employs more than 2,000 people worldwide. The two core products from MathWorks are MATLAB®,used for performing mathematical calculations, analyzing and visualizing data, and writing new software programs; and Simulink®, used for modeling and simulating complex dynamic systems, such as a vehicle's automatic transmission system. MathWorks also produce over 80 additional tools for specialized tasks such as processing images and signals and analyzing financial data.
xPC Target provides a high-performance, host-target prototyping environment that enables you to connect your Simulink® and Stateflow® models to physical systems and execute them in real time on PC-compatible hardware. It provides comprehensive software capabilities for rapid prototyping and hardware-in-the-loop simulation of control systems. xPC Target also enables you to add I/O interface blocks to your models, automatically generate code with Real-Time Workshop and Stateflow Coder, and download the code to a second PC running the xPC Target real-time kernel.
The physical modelling products from MathWorks allow system-level modelling of physical systems directly in Simulink for control system design, without having to derive the underlying mathematical differential equations to represent the system:
Simscape is the new physical modelling platform for Simulink®. It extends Simulink® with tools for modelling and simulating multidomain physical systems, such as those with mechanical, hydraulic, thermal and electrical components. Simscape can be used for a variety of automotive, aerospace, defense, and industrial-equipment applications. Simscape also provides an authoring language to create custom components in existing Simscape domains or in new physical domains (e.g. pneumatic, electro-chemical, etc...).
SimMechanics extends Simscape with tools for modelling and simulating three-dimensional mechanical systems. It is integrated with MathWorks control design and code generation products, enabling you to design controllers and test them in real time with the model of the mechanical system. SimMechanics also provides 3D visualization using STL files. With SimMechanics Link, it is also possible to convert CAD assemblies from Pro/Engineer, SolidWorks or Autodesk Inventor automatically into SimMechanics models, including the necessary STL files for visualization.
SimDriveline extends Simscape with tools for modelling and simulating the one-dimensional mechanics of driveline (drivetrain) systems. These tools include components such as gears, rotating shafts, and clutches; standard transmission templates; and engine and tyre models. SimDriveline is optimized for ease of use and speed of calculation for driveline mechanics. It is integrated with MathWorks control design and code generation products, enabling you to design controllers and test them in real time with the model of the mechanical system.
SimHydraulics® extends Simscape with tools for modelling and simulating hydraulic power and control systems. It enables you to describe multidomain systems containing connected hydraulic and mechanical components as physical networks. It provides a representative library of hydraulic components and building blocks that lets you implement other components.
SimElectronics extends Simscape with tools for modelling and simulating electronic and electromechanical systems. It enables you to include analog electronics and electromechanical components as physical networks within multidomain system models. It provides semiconductor, motor, drive, sensor, and actuator components, as well as building blocks that let you implement your own custom subsystems.
SimPowerSystems extends Simulink® with tools for modelling and simulating basic electrical circuits and detailed electrical power systems. These tools let you model the generation, transmission, distribution, and consumption of electrical power, as well as its conversion into mechanical power. SimPowerSystems is well suited to the development of complex, self-contained power systems, such as those in automobiles, aircraft, naval ships, manufacturing plants, and power utility applications.
The Application Engineering Group has the following responsibilities:
support pre-sale customers with specific applications,
help develop key sales accounts,
help develop new markets for MathWorks software,
help guide the development of future products.
I worked directly with customers - mainly in the automotive, aerospace & defence and industrial automation & machinery industries - to:
understand their real engineering and business challenges,
to help them understand how to apply The MathWorks products to their problems.
As an application engineer, I had the following responsibilities:
Providing pre-sales technical support and guidance to MathWorks UK sales organization;
Preparing and delivering product presentations to customers and prospects during customer meetings and marketing seminars with large audiences;
Developing proof-of-concept demonstration programs, application examples, and simulation models to support customer engagements and marketing requirements;
Analyzing users' problems to determine and implement the best computational approach;
Working with the development and technical marketing organisations to help prioritise the development of new features and new products, based on experience gained with customers;
Accounting for the quality of work, timing and level of effort.