"I think our technology is physically fascinating; these tiny devices are only several atoms wide."
Challenge is exciting
I think one of the best things about my job is that every day there are new challenges and those challenges make you learn new things. We're always progressing, always moving forward and you have no time to be bored. It also really helps that I love the people I work with—my entire CVD department is awesome!
From internship to employee
I started out at IM Flash as an intern –the first year IM Flash had interns!—spending a summer really getting to know what the company does and it was a great first experience. As an intern, I usually did shift work and I helped install a first-of-its-kind tool which was really exciting. A majority of my internship involved shadowing a process engineer to see what they do on a daily basis compared to what I do. My internship also helped me realize that I really like shift work—I love having long weekends and there's so much to do around here. But I typically spend my off days training my horse, a 17 hand Belgian Freesian.
Living in Utah
I'm from the small town of Stayton, OR, but I've now lived in Utah for 5 years. Utah has amazing scenery; I really like all the hiking, the mountains are amazing, the trail riding is fantastic with my horse up in the mountains. It took a while to get used to the mountains since I was used to the greenery of Oregon but Utah has its own beauty that I've really come to appreciate.
I think our technology is physically fascinating; these tiny devices are only several atoms wide and it's amazing that we are able to get our manufacturing process down to such a small scale. The challenges we face now in terms of scaling are exciting!