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DIRECTOR OF DESIGN SOLUTIONS: What I Learned From My Ph.D. Is How To Think & Solve Problems

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Sanjay, the Director of Design Solutions, designs analog chips in the semiconductor industry. The problem-solving experience from his Ph.D. has served him well in this dynamic field, which changes constantly. His maxim: you have to be willing to learn something new every day.

Degree: Electrical Engineering
Job Title: Director of Design Solutions

Job Summary: Integrated Circuit Design Engineer

Job Description

Integrated Circuit Design Engineers research, design, develop, and/or test electronic components and systems for commercial, industrial, military, or scientific use employing knowledge of electronic theory and materials properties. They design electronic circuits and analog and/or digital components for use in fields such as telecommunications, aerospace guidance and propulsion control, acoustics, or instruments and controls.

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Licensure for electrical and electronics engineers is not as common as it is for other engineering occupations, but it is encouraged for those working in companies that have contracts with the government at all levels. Engineers who become licensed are designated professional engineers (PEs).

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Analytical skills, Detail oriented, Mathematical skills, Organizational skills, Problem solving skills, Teamwork, Technical skills, Verbal communication skills, Written communication skills

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m='15630'>service</span> <span m='15930'>partners.</span> <span m='16730'>I</span> <span m='16900'>work</span> <span m='17120'>with</span> <span m='17220'>customers</span> <span m='17720'>to</span> <span m='17810'>get</span> <span m='17940'>design</span> <span m='18230'>wins.</span> <span m='21320'>I</span> <span m='21460'>do</span> <span m='21580'>this</span> <span m='21930'>for</span> <span m='22150'>all</span> <span m='22320'>our</span> <span m='22410'>customers</span> <span m='22900'>as well</span> <span m='23080'>[INAUDIBLE].</span> <span m='23430'>It's</span> <span m='23920'>fun</span> <span m='24060'>what</span> <span m='24220'>I</span> <span m='24270'>do.</span> </p><p><span m='25670'>So</span> <span m='25900'>I</span> <span m='26440'>actually</span> <span m='27110'>did</span> <span m='27270'>my</span> <span m='27350'>undergrad</span> <span m='27740'>in</span> <span m='27840'>India,</span> <span m='28310'>and</span> <span m='28400'>then</span> <span m='28500'>I</span> <span m='28550'>came</span> <span m='28770'>to</span> <span m='28850'>the</span> <span m='28910'>United</span> <span m='29210'>States</span> <span m='29570'>to</span> <span m='29690'>do</span> <span m='29810'>my</span> <span m='29970'>graduate</span> <span m='30390'>work.</span> <span m='31000'>I</span> <span m='31400'>got</span> <span m='31590'>my</span> <span m='31700'>PhD,</span> <span m='32240'>eventually,</span> <span m='32650'>from</span> <span m='33010'>Michigan,</span> <span m='33420'>Ann</span> <span m='33560'>Arbor.</span> <span m='34580'>And</span> <span m='35530'>the</span> <span m='35690'>PhD</span> <span m='36000'>Was in</span> <span m='36220'>device</span> <span m='36670'>physics</span> <span m='37020'>slash</span> <span m='37380'>optical</span> <span m='37480'>electronics.</span> <span m='39020'>What</span> <span m='39240'>I</span> <span m='39320'>do</span> <span m='39460'>now</span> <span m='39680'>is</span> <span m='39850'>completely</span> <span m='40280'>different.</span> <span m='41870'>And</span> <span m='42360'>what</span> <span m='42550'>I</span> <span m='42630'>say</span> <span m='42870'>is</span> <span m='43060'>in</span> <span m='43150'>my</span> <span m='43330'>PhD</span> <span m='43640'>what</span> <span m='43790'>I</span> <span m='43860'>learned</span> <span m='44350'>is</span> <span m='44630'>just</span> <span m='44860'>one</span> <span m='45080'>thing,</span> <span m='45910'>which</span> <span m='46080'>is</span> <span m='46210'>how</span> <span m='46350'>to</span> <span m='46450'>think,</span> <span m='47370'>how</span> <span m='47510'>to</span> <span m='47600'>approach</span> <span m='48290'>problems,</span> <span m='48730'>how</span> <span m='48840'>to</span> <span m='48960'>solve</span> <span m='49250'>problems</span> <span m='50230'>in</span> <span m='50600'>the</span> <span m='50770'>scientific</span> <span m='51450'>method.</span> </p><p><span m='52410'>So</span> <span m='53930'>I</span> <span m='54680'>basically</span> <span m='55350'>started</span> <span m='55800'>off</span> <span m='56860'>in</span> <span m='57040'>my</span> <span m='57190'>area</span> <span m='57410'>of</span> <span m='57480'>specialization,</span> <span m='58780'>but</span> <span m='59090'>the</span> <span m='59230'>industry</span> <span m='59570'>that</span> <span m='59690'>I</span> <span m='59730'>work in</span> <span m='60000'>is</span> <span m='60180'>a</span> <span m='60220'>very</span> <span m='60400'>dynamic</span> <span m='60850'>industry--</span> <span m='61530'>I'm</span> <span m='61900'>in</span> <span m='61960'>semiconductors.</span> <span m='63710'>So</span> <span m='63860'>that</span> <span m='64000'>has</span> <span m='64190'>remained</span> <span m='64340'>a</span> <span m='64379'>constant.</span> <span m='64900'>But</span> <span m='65080'>the</span> <span m='65200'>industry</span> <span m='65500'>is</span> <span m='65570'>very</span> <span m='65740'>dynamic.</span> <span m='66820'>And</span> <span m='67960'>America</span> <span m='68680'>doesn't</span> <span m='68960'>really</span> <span m='69170'>manufacture</span> <span m='69680'>chips</span> <span m='69930'>anymore.</span> </p><p><span m='70910'>So</span> <span m='72230'>I</span> <span m='72410'>really</span> <span m='72720'>quickly</span> <span m='73100'>changed</span> <span m='73610'>into</span> <span m='74810'>analog</span> <span m='75090'>design,</span> <span m='75540'>which</span> <span m='76210'>I'd</span> <span m='76400'>done</span> <span m='76600'>some</span> <span m='76790'>of it</span> <span m='77020'>during</span> <span m='77300'>my</span> <span m='77370'>PhD,</span> <span m='77770'>actually.</span> <span m='78620'>But</span> <span m='78850'>I</span> <span m='79320'>learned</span> <span m='79670'>a</span> <span m='79810'>lot</span> <span m='80040'>of</span> <span m='80120'>it</span> <span m='81640'>on</span> <span m='81820'>the</span> <span m='81910'>job,</span> <span m='82280'>taking</span> <span 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m='94550'>is</span> <span m='94650'>the</span> <span m='94830'>probably--</span> <span m='95590'>besides</span> <span m='95970'>IBM--</span> <span m='96320'>is</span> <span m='96410'>the</span> <span m='96520'>only</span> <span m='97350'>semiconductor</span> <span m='97990'>company</span> <span m='98280'>manufacturing</span> <span m='98950'>chips</span> <span m='99220'>in</span> <span m='99290'>America.</span> <span m='100150'>So</span> <span m='101450'>it's</span> <span m='101680'>fun.</span> <span m='102120'>You</span> <span m='102260'>have</span> <span m='102420'>to</span> <span m='102510'>be</span> <span m='102580'>dynamic,</span> <span m='103060'>you</span> <span m='103160'>have</span> <span m='103350'>to</span> <span m='103480'>learn,</span> <span m='103770'>you have</span> <span m='104060'>to</span> <span m='104160'>be</span> <span m='104480'>willing</span> <span m='104710'>to</span> <span m='104810'>learn</span> <span m='105210'>something</span> <span m='105530'>new</span> <span m='105710'>every</span> <span m='105930'>day.</span> <span m='106800'>And</span> <span m='107020'>that's</span> <span m='107190'>one</span> <span m='107320'>of</span> <span m='107390'>the</span> <span m='107460'>maxims</span> <span m='107860'>of</span> <span m='107960'>my</span> <span m='108120'>life.</span> </p><p><span m='109800'>The</span> <span m='109930'>only</span> <span m='110100'>one</span> <span m='110330'>thing</span> <span m='110520'>that</span> <span m='110650'>I</span> <span m='110750'>sort</span> <span m='111020'>of</span> <span m='111140'>regret</span> <span m='112270'>in</span> <span m='112420'>my</span> <span m='113050'>school</span> <span m='114005'>career,</span> <span m='114270'>if</span> <span m='114590'>you</span> <span m='114750'>will,</span> <span m='115510'>is</span> <span m='116470'>I</span> <span m='116620'>wasn't</span> <span m='116910'>much</span> <span m='117200'>of</span> <span m='117300'>a</span> <span m='117360'>sports</span> <span m='119070'>sort</span> <span m='119370'>of</span> <span m='119470'>person.</span> <span m='120050'>I</span> <span m='120210'>didn't</span> <span m='120530'>play</span> <span m='120740'>any</span> <span m='120910'>team</span> <span m='121180'>sports.</span> <span m='122430'>And</span> <span m='123770'>what</span> <span m='123930'>I</span> <span m='124000'>would</span> <span m='124270'>probably</span> <span m='124710'>do</span> <span m='124880'>if</span> <span m='125150'>I</span> <span m='125360'>went</span> <span m='125630'>back</span> <span m='125920'>in</span> <span m='126040'>time</span> <span m='126350'>and</span> <span m='126470'>talk</span> <span m='126670'>to</span> <span m='126770'>myself</span> <span m='127280'>is</span> <span m='127810'>go</span> <span m='128229'>do</span> <span m='128340'>some</span> <span m='128520'>martial</span> <span m='128889'>arts,</span> <span m='129360'>go do</span> <span m='129740'>some</span> <span m='129919'>team</span> <span m='130120'>sports.</span> <span m='132470'>I,</span> <span m='133100'>instead,</span> <span m='133810'>chose</span> <span m='134030'>to</span> <span m='134130'>focus</span> <span m='134460'>on</span> <span m='134540'>debating</span> <span m='135010'>and</span> <span m='135140'>quizzing,</span> <span m='135500'>and</span> <span m='135600'>things</span> <span m='135810'>like</span> <span m='135970'>that.</span> <span m='136750'>Very</span> <span m='136950'>valuable,</span> <span m='137380'>but</span> <span m='137710'>I</span> <span m='137840'>think</span> <span m='138210'>if</span> <span m='138380'>I</span> <span m='140220'>played</span> <span m='140470'>some</span> <span m='140690'>team</span> <span m='140920'>sports</span> <span m='142060'>and</span> <span m='142360'>I'd</span> <span m='142780'>learned</span> <span m='143030'>some</span> <span m='143150'>martial</span> <span m='143410'>arts.</span> </p><p><span m='143690'>I'm</span> <span m='143860'>actually</span> <span m='144110'>fixing</span> <span m='144420'>that</span> <span m='144660'>my</span> <span m='144770'>son.</span> <span m='145380'>So</span> <span m='148160'>he</span> <span m='148320'>learns</span> <span m='148540'>taekwondo</span> <span m='149200'>and</span> <span m='149320'>he</span> <span m='149430'>plays</span> <span m='149690'>basketball</span> <span m='150370'>and</span> <span m='150580'>soccer,</span> <span m='151080'>and</span> <span m='151730'>goes</span> <span m='151830'>swimming.</span> <span m='152350'>And</span> <span m='152500'>so</span> <span m='153610'>I'm</span> <span m='153750'>living</span> <span m='153970'>vicariously,</span> <span m='154600'>I</span> <span m='154660'>guess.</span> </p>","file":{"id":305191,"video_id":"2794397505001","name":"1444-Sanjay-ChipDesigner1","duration":156410,"thumbnail_url":null}});