“Failure is something immensely valuable as both a character builder and also as a useful experience for your future actions and struggles.”

Meet Konstantinos Fertakis, an electrical engineering student from Greece.
Konstantinos Fertakis

What do you do here at Ericsson?

I am working at the Ericsson Research department focusing on Cloud research. However, if we were to define the exact organizational unit, then it would be Edge System Software. My team is working on an exciting project that aims to improve the current integration of heterogeneous computing resources and application-specific hardware resources to the cloud ecosystem. More specifically, we are trying to enable the dynamic reconfiguration and multitenancy on FPGA computing devices.

Have you been given any career advice you feel will be useful in your future career?

Yes! A simple thing like ‘do something you love’ and ‘enjoy doing it’ as it will help you get up in the morning to go to work. Also, its ok to try and fail in your professional endeavors and not meet the end goal with your first try. Failure is something immensely valuable as both a character builder and also as a useful experience for your future actions and struggles.

What do you know now that you didn’t know before?

I had some sparse previous knowledge regarding some of Ericsson businesses, specially its role in pioneering mobile communication technologies but I didn’t know the whole scope. One example of Ericsson’s role in the technological advancement of modern society that intrigued me is the invention of the Bluetooth technology. It’s truly amazing if you consider the place that such technology has in our everyday life.

Where do you get your inspiration from?

My biggest inspiration comes from making a difference in a field that can have a meaningful impact to the advancement of human society. In my work, I believe I can achieve that by contributing to the advancement of high-performance computing and computing systems research, thus helping the society better utilize the immense computing capabilities of the modern technological landscape.

Tell us about your typical day?

Usually the mornings are reserved for getting things done and having progress meeting with the rest of the team. For lunch, we enjoy our meal with the other teams and discuss about different community events, new technological advancements and innovations, and share thoughts on each other’s work and progress. On Fridays, you may find the whole department having “fika” at the cafeteria where we drink coffee or tea, eat pastries, and relax .

Any final words?

Although I haven’t experienced the Nordic during the winter season, summer in Sweden and in Stockholm greater metropolitan area is unexpectedly vibrant and beautiful. Outdoor swimming pools and kayaking around Stockholm’s archipelago is always a good idea during a sunny summer day.