What do you do at the Laboratory?
My job is to turn grand ideas into computer chips. I always describe what I do as a game of 3D Tetris, but all of the tetrominoes have electrical characteristics and the win conditions invariably change a few times during play. I generally work on superconducting qubits.
Why do you think the Laboratory is a good fit for you?
The design cycles here are so much shorter than in a typical commercial chip design, and it's really neat to watch how the prototypes are refined and the processes are perfected. The rapid turnaround keeps everything fresh and interesting, and the number of projects going on at once means that I am never bored.
Describe your educational background.
My education background is more of an apprenticeship route than the traditional college route that many at the Laboratory take. I took a class that Hewlett Packard recruiters taught at my high school and fell in love with mask design. I worked on an electrical engineering degree for years, but didn't enjoy it as much as I enjoyed working.