October 5, 2005
ECE students connected with industry through three events held in conjunction with the university's technical opportunities conference (TOC): an IEEE technical talk by alumnus Wayne Carriker (M.S. 1989, Ph.D. 1995), a Verizon workshop for graduate women, and a breakfast program where student leaders and faculty met with industry representatives. At the morning gathering, recruiters from 50 companies discussed career opportunities with participants.
"It is an excellent opportunity for industry representatives to meet informally with some of our students and faculty. It is a great way to build connections," said Susan Farrington, Director of Alumni and Student Relations for ECE.
During the previous evening, Carriker, a Principal Automation Engineer with Portland Technology Development at Intel in Hillsboro, Oregon, spoke on "Extending Moores' Law." Hosted by our student chapter of the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers), the presentation was part of the Intel Higher Education Lecture Series. The topic featured the innovation pipeline for silicon technology at Intel, with a specific focus on automation of Intel's semiconductor development and manufacturing fabrication.
Carriker joined Intel in 1995 after graduating from Carnegie Mellon, where he was advised by Professor Pradeep Khosla, who is now dean of the College of Engineering. As a student, Carriker was affiliated with the Advanced Mechatronics Laboratory (AML), which researches rapidly deployable intelligent systems. At Intel, he led the design and implementation of the automated material handling system in Intel's newest technology development factory, and then took on managing the material handling group responsible for developing new capabilities and ensuring the successful transition to manufacturing.
Students had another chance to learn from industry when Women in ECE (WinECE), Women in Computer Science (Women@SCS), and Women in the Information Networking Institute (Women@INI) co-hosted a workshop planned by Verizon to give graduate women tips on marketing their skills at the TOC and pursuing successful careers as women in technical fields.
The workshop, IEEE technical talk, and breakfast event were planned around the TOC, a career fair that that links engineering, computer science, information systems, and other students with technical career goals to companies with high-tech opportunities. Held annually, the TOC draws over 1,000 students and is sponsored by the university and the student chapter of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). This year, about 160 companies participated.
Pictured: An industry representative meeting with ECE student leaders before the technical opportunities conference (TOC).