What do you do at Intel?
I manage a technology research and development lab. We develop system technology solutions for desktop PCs in the areas of high speed inter-processor signaling, power delivery, electromagnetic interference (EMI), and printed circuit boards. My team works closely with product organizations to integrate new technologies into products for Intel and our system OEM customers.
What qualifications did you need?
I have a MS in electrical engineering, and I have 10 years of experience in the computer electronics industry prior to coming to Intel in 1995. My background in technology development for computer systems was a key factor in being hired as a senior engineer, along with my background with high-speed inter-processor signaling.
What is a typical day like at Intel?
Frankly, if there were a "typical" day in my job, I'd probably get bored and look for something else.
What is your favorite thing about working at Intel?
The best thing about working for Intel has been the personal growth that it has created. Opportunities to learn and develop new technical and leadership skills are everywhere. Most people want to learn and to be challenged on a daily basis, or else they will get bored. That is never a problem at Intel.
What is most challenging about your job?
As the leader of a medium-sized organization, I am responsible for the results of my entire team, even though I am not the technical expert for any of the projects that my team is working on. So, I have to find ways to assess status on multiple projects without the benefit of all the details.
What do you do for fun?
Recently, I have been an adjunct professor at the Oregon Graduate Institute since 1998, where I teach a graduate course in high-speed digital interconnect design. This has been a great experience. I quickly found out how much I still had to learn about the subject when I began teaching it. I really enjoy the interaction with students, and it has helped me to become even more comfortable with my public speaking skills.