The Universal Engineer: Profile on Applied Materials' Kathy Ta

Jul222011

Kathryn Ta

Workforce Diversity for Engineering and Information Technology Professionals magazine profiles Applied Materials' Kathy Ta in this month's issue, highlighting her topsy-turvy career path from chemical engineer in the clean room to investor relations to product marketing, and how she's now channeling her inner geek at the exciting 'gee whiz' innovations happening every day at Applied Materials.

Below are a few excerpts from the article:

"(Chemical Engineering) ... draws upon basic engineering concepts and being able to communicate to broad, diverse audiences ... There is this notion of a chemical engineer being a universal engineer.  You can do a lot of different things and the proof is found by looking at where chemical engineers work:  pharmaceuticals, oil, food and semiconductors.  It's the basis for doing a lot of different things."

"Many companies just improve incrementally, but at Applied, we have to upend and completely refresh our portfolio every few years.  It's a very dynamic industry."

"You have a 'Gee whiz' moment here every day; that's really cool.  The geek in all of us is excited about what we're able to do."

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