Meet the Engineers:
Process Integration Engineer
Job:Process Integration Engineer at Tokyo Electron
University of Texas at Austin, B.S. Electrical Engineering
As an engineer, I enjoy the problem solving aspect of my job. Everyday is something new and the wide-range of challenges in the field makes my job rewarding, especially when I'm able to bring about creative solutions to technology.
I've worked for Tokyo Electron America for eight years. TEA is a division of TEL, Tokyo Electron Limited, which is a global semiconductor equipment supplier. We provide equipment to our chip-making customers, who then produce computers, playstations, and cell phones. As a process integration engineer, I help make tools work more efficiently together, integrating the TEL technology processes. I previously worked in the Etch Department at Tokyo Electron America as a process engineer. In that role, I worked with customers across the U.S. and developed etch technology processes; the specific tool I worked with basically removes the unnecessary materials from a wafer by using a specific plasma and reactive chemicals.
In addition to my work at Tokyo Electron, probably one of the most interesting jobs I've had is my first job out of college. I worked as a systems engineer at NASA -Johnson Space Center in the Flight Simulators Division. My job involved the construction and testing of the instructor and operator stations for the fixed based flight simulator. I developed real-time software that provides visual images for training simulations. I'd like to emphasize that my experience has shown that once you graduate college, you're not locked into one specific type of engineering. I went from working in the aerospace industry to now primarily aspects of chemical engineering.
Coaching an elementary-age soccer team. I enjoy coaching soccer and the joys of seeing kids become better at a simple pass, and develop important teamwork skills. I also collect sports memorabilia from baseballs signed by Joe DiMaggio, Hank Aaron, Roger Clemens and footballs signed by Jerry Rice and Troy Aikman.