IBM Highlights SUNY Poly Graduate Victoria Brunner as Part of Neurodiversity Awareness Month: Stress Testing the Chips that the World Runs On
Tell us a little about yourself.
I’m originally from Morris County, NJ and am the only child of two parents. Today, I live in Wappingers Falls in upstate New York and work in East Fishkill.
I wanted to study computer engineering since I was 12. I loved electronics. I was always interested in where it all comes from and how all this new technology gets created. What it all comes down to is these tiny little things on a little silicon substrate that we call transistors which are a lot like little on/off switches. I was originally going to go into computer science, but my Dad and my uncle encouraged me to apply to Suny Polytechnic’s College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering in Albany. They thought it was more innovative. At a family baptism my uncle talked with me about the potential for nano-technology.
I was further inspired so I applied. And I’m very happy I took that step. I graduated from SUNY CNSE in 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in nanoscale engineering and a concentration in nano electronics. I started working at IBM in January 2020.
What is your role at IBM?
My work as an IBM hardware engineer involves stress testing microelectronics chips. The world runs on chips now. These are the essential semiconductor components “or little pieces of silicon wafer” in everything from cars to computers to gaming systems. I perform analysis for chip fails, mostly before they are packaged and sent to customers, so we can give feedback to designers and manufacturers on what we saw and see if any further action needs to be taken on their part.
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