Celebrating Diversity in the Workplace

(L-R): Applied Materials' engineer panel included Jessica Kachian, Eileen Tanghal, Liliya Krivulina & Sukti ChatterjeeAs a proud supporter of diversity and inclusion, and advocate for STEM careers, Applied Materials recently hosted female engineering students from Silicon Valley universities for a day of learning, growing and networking. Attendees heard from MIT alum and guest speaker Jennifer Hwang, a design verification manager for QuickLogic Corporation, along with a panel of Applied employees about exciting and rewarding career paths in engineering.

“At Applied, I’m having fun every day working on complex technologies that enable products to improve the way we live. It’s challenging, but rewarding,” said employee panelist Liliya Krivulina, an electrical design engineer who supports control systems engineering. Krivulina received her Master of Science degree in systems engineering from San Jose State University while working at Applied, and her undergraduate degree in electrical engineering and computer science from UC Berkeley. “In engineering you never stop learning. You are always expanding what you know because there are always new problems to be solved. If you want to grow, you have to continually learn. Ultimately, it’s up to you to drive your career and the sky is the limit."

Approximately 50 engineering students from San Jose State, UC Berkeley, Stanford and Santa Clara Universities visited Applied Materials and toured the Maydan Technology Center

“Engineering is a great platform for different careers,” said panelist Eileen Tanghal, General Manager of Applied Ventures. “Applied is unique in the semiconductor industry and in the broad businesses we serve, which is why you won’t find a predominant type of engineering here.” When asked how to best communicate with engineers from other fields, Tanghal stressed the value of math. “What’s the universal language usually? Love. But it’s also math. In math you find a commonality and understand what you’re trying to accomplish – you’re modeling some signal or waveform and everybody’s using math. That’s where I found a vehicle to really communicate.”

Madonna Bolano, Group VP, Human Resources

Applied Materials Group Vice President of Human Resources Madonna Bolano was named among the “Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Technology” this past summer by the National Diversity Council and was recognized in October by Profiles in Diversity Journal with the magazine’s 14th annual Women Worth Watching award. The award celebrates female leaders and the organizations that help them thrive. Bolano was selected for her achievements and influence inside and outside the workplace, including driving Applied’s strategy to attract, develop and retain industry-leading talent and providing a climate and incentives to maximize the value they create for Applied. She also is a member of Applied’s Community Engagement Council.


 Society for Women Engineers

Applied Materials values diversity as a competitive advantage and one of our greatest assets. In addition to a variety of employee resource groups offering an open forum to exchange ideas, foster diversity and inclusion, and support employee development,  we recently became a member of the Society of Women Engineers. The global organization boasts approximately 30,000 members representing all engineering disciplines and many areas of technology, and strives to empower women to succeed and advance in the field of engineering. Several employees were selected for individual memberships, and we look forward to collaborating with SWE’s strong network of community support across academia, government and industry, and corporations, and maximizing its education and  development opportunities

“Learn to use the resources around you,” said Bolano in a mentoring essay she authored in the magazine’s special issue. “This is a valuable skill in our work lives that can also be applied to other areas. It’s okay to need other people and let them help you. Those who truly want to help will appreciate the opportunity to contribute.”

View the magazine’s digital edition and online portal to read Bolano’s profile and essay and to view past Applied award winners

Eileen Tanghal, General Manager, Applied Ventures

Global Corporate Venturing magazine also recognized Applied this month, naming Applied Ventures General Manager Eileen Tanghal to its Powerlist 2014, as one of the top 100 leaders at the forefront of the growing corporate venturing industry. Read more about Eileen’s accomplishments in her profile.

 For more on Applied’s diversity initiatives visit our Careers page.

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