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How Do We Entice Young Women to Pursue Careers in Microelectronics & Packaging?

How Do We Entice Young Women to Pursue Careers in Microelectronics & Packaging?

If what is expressed during ongoing discussions on gender diversity and inclusion at semiconductor and packaging industry events is true, then the overarching belief is that women are drawn to careers that help people. In science, they want to be doctors or researchers to find cures for cancer. It’s also been noted that the younger generation, in general, is interested in the societal benefits o... »

Advice on Gender Diversity and Inclusion from the Trenches

Advice on Gender Diversity and Inclusion from the Trenches

From the semiconductor industry panels on gender diversity and inclusion and networking receptions to casual lunches and one-on-one interviews, I’ve been listening to women of all levels of experience talk about what brought them to pursue careers in microelectronics and semiconductors. The stories are as varied as the women telling them. In this two-part series, we hear from three women in lead... »

How Do We Improve Gender Diversity and Inclusion in the Semiconductor Industry?

How Do We Improve Gender Diversity and Inclusion in the Semiconductor Industry?

In 2018, gender diversity and inclusion (D&I) ranked right up there with artificial intelligence, autonomous cars, and panel-level packaging as a hot-button topic for panel discussions at most of the semiconductor industry and advanced packaging events I attended (as well as those I didn’t). ECTC 2018 featured its annual women’s panel and reception, and IMAPS International hosted an inform... »

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough to Keep Rozalia Beica From Success

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough to Keep Rozalia Beica From Success

“Driven” doesn’t even begin to describe Romanian-born Rozalia Beica, global director, strategic marketing, DowDupont. Neither rain, nor sleet, nor whizzing bullets overhead can keep this SemiSister from achieving her goals. Her journey to success in the semiconductor industry spanned countries and continents and survived communist dictatorship, mandatory military service, a revolution, and a... »

Research Scientist, Maaike M. Visser Taklo, Rises to Her Own Challenge

Research Scientist, Maaike M. Visser Taklo, Rises to Her Own Challenge

Throughout my years of writing about the semiconductor industry, I’ve met women from all over the world. I’ve often wondered what or who encouraged them to pursue careers in this male-centric environment? How much of their motivation is inspired by the culture of where they grew up?  Can success be quantified? The answers are as varied as the women whose stories we want to tell. Our goal with... »

How Jessica Gomez Short-Circuited Her Way to CEO: A SemiSister Success Story

How Jessica Gomez Short-Circuited Her Way to CEO: A SemiSister Success Story

The number is sobering: according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor of Statistics, 16.9% of chemical engineers and 12.3% of electrical/electronics engineers in the US are women. For racial diversity, the situation is even worse. These grave statistics came to light during a recent panel discussion during SEMICON West, in its Workforce Pavilion. Here, Jessica Gomez, co-founder and CEO of Rogue Valley Mic... »