Learn about TI MVP and Community Award Winner Pablo Lopez in this in-depth profile.#TICommunity
Pablo Lopez (from Guatemala) has been a true Rising Star of the TI Community since joining and along with being a TI Rising Star in 2015. He graciously helps out other TI Community members from around the world on several microcontroller Forums here, along with sharing his projects (in hopes of primarily helping others) and presented at the first ever all Spanish language Texas Instruments Webinar (watch here). In his spare time you can find him assisting Martin Valencia (learn more about Martin) for ElectronAplica where they regularly share their tips, tricks, how-to's, their projects and from around the world where anyone can learn in Spanish language.
Highlights of this interview include:
How did you come into the profession of Engineering?
When I was in fifth high school we had to do a project where we applied programming in Visual Basic for some real-life applications.
The project was to chose a security system for offices where a system would have for each office its own password to open it. If someone entered an incorrect password after the 3rd failed attempt it would sound an alarm.
For the project, communication was via the parallel port of the computer to the breadboard.
This project struck me so much that I asked what career I could be studying that was similar to projects like it and was told it would be electronic engineering.
What role and value does the TI E2E Community play for you as an engineer?
The TI E2E Community is very important in the sense of being able to learn from the experiences from each members of this community from around the world.
Pablo Lopez starts his journey as an engineer at the Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala.
How has the TI MVP Program helped or given you value?
It has been very helpful because it allows me to meet people who share the same passion as me, especially for microcontrollers and besides that I like to share knowledge.
Besides knowing the superhuman person who makes things go in right direction.
At first I had little doubt who he was and what role he played, but now everything is clear.
Thanks for everything Blake TI Community.
And to all the teams at TI, God Bless you.
What is something about you that people would be surprised to know?
I do not like heavy metal.
Once you graduate what do you hope to do with your business career?
I love robots, so I'd like to work on something related to them.
What is your current favorite song?
OMI - Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn Remix).
Favorite TI related project you have ever seen?The TI Hercules RM57 Power Quality Analyzer Project of Martin Valencia.
What upcoming movie are you most excited to see?
Alice Through the Looking Glass.
What was your first project with TI parts and tools?
My first TI project was an inverted pendulum with control fuzzy logic that used the TM4C123G LaunchPad.
What can you tell me about your local robotics club?
At the robotics clubs here, each course has different projects (in which it is applied and the respective course content is evaluated).
Projects with analog electronics and more advanced courses are usually projects featuring robotic arms controlled by microcontrollers such as the TM4C123G LaunchPad.
Programming languages also vary from one course to another.
Some photos from the club are included below!
An LED Cube Project that used the TM4C123G LaunchPad as its assembler.
How popular are TI LaunchPads Evaluation Kits in Guatemala?
Personally I've noticed that TI LaunchPads and interest in are on the rise. They are increasingly being used for projects.
Any first impressions on the MSP432 LaunchPad Evaluation Kit?
The quantity of ports and increasing the processing speed impress me about the MSP432 LaunchPad in comparison to the MSP430.
For people not aware, how would you describe your work with Martin for ElectronAplica?
It was a great opportunity offered by Martin Valencia for me to contribute at ElectronAplica. The fact I can discover interesting projects and make them known to more people is such a good thing.
How did you first learn about the TI TM4C (TIVA) family and what really caught your attention with it?
It was exactly a year ago (2015) when we had to do a project with the TM4C123G LaunchPad Evaluation Kit (EK-TM4C123GXL). I really did not know anything about microcontrollers at the time. In the search for information I found the ElectronAplica Community run by Martin Valencia. Martin was very kind and patient in training me and bringing along my education.
I was fascinated with all things to do with TM4C123G LaunchPad Evaluation Kit. I now understand even more about this microcontroller and still am very surprised by its versatility.
What interests you about the TI devices technically – how are they different than other microcontrollers that you have used?
- MSP430: It may sound simple but appearances are deceptive. To develop from a simple example with Energia to complex projects with Code Composer Studio.
-TM4C123G: It is the microcontroller that I've worked more with. The amount of support material online makes it more accessible.
-Hercules RM57Lx: I can only say that one day I would learn enough to work with such a powerful microcontroller. My respects to Jan Cumps and Martin Valencia.
What type of booster pack would you like to see introduced (one that doesn’t exist today)?
It is hard to think of one that does not even exist yet! The first boosterpack I had was the Educational BoosterPack MKII - BOOSTXL-EDUMKII and I love it.
What is your dream project to build with a TI LaunchPad?
For those upcoming that are dreaming of being an engineer one day, what advice would you give them?
You must fight for what you want because nobody else will do it for you.
Muchas gracias a Pablo, por compartir sus experiencias con la comunidad y me da mucho gusto saber que con el tiempo el mismo se ha superado. exitos amigo!, saludos Martin Valencia
Muchas gracias Martin, Dios le bendiga.
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