I have endless opportunities to learn, and I have a dedicated Research and Development team who can help me with new technology and trends.
When Felisa Chuang joined TE in 2007, she had little experience with antennas. “But I am very competitive (I was a top student at University), so I attended antenna seminars and read books on wireless connectivity. I spent a lot of time studying at the beginning!” She is co-located with TE’s Antenna Engineering team, and touts them as a ready resource for all her technical questions. She continues to learn each day, accompanying TE’s Research and Development team on customer visits. “Customers ask a lot of technical questions and need help solving problems, so I continue to learn with every interaction. Today, I’m an antenna professional, and have a lot of knowledge and experience to share with our customers. That’s a good feeling.”
Where would we be without antennas? Certainly not mobile! Hidden inside or printed on surfaces, they transmit data even faster and farther.
- Felisa Chuang,
- Product Manager, Antennas
As a non-engineer and a woman, what challenges have you faced?
Actually, I think being a professional, competent woman in this business is an advantage. When I speak to customers or present at business meetings, I find customers and teammates very respectful and willing to listen.
How has your education and training affected the way you work?
I studied international relationships and political science, so I know about different cultures and how to deal with people. I like talking to people — always have. It’s a chance to hear new thoughts or innovative ideas. I love to travel and very much enjoy learning about new places, cultures, and people. I think my enthusiasm for people and my great interest in learning make me very good at my job.
Tell us about your learning progression.
I first learned theory, then process, then how to create working models. I have learned how to work with the factory to help make mass production more efficient. Mass production is a real challenge. Each consumer device is different, so 85-90 percent of antennas are customized solutions.
What does being in TE’s Taiwan location contribute to your work?
We have 90 percent of original design manufacturers (ODMs) here. That’s a HUGE advantage, since the ODMs have design capability. They give us specifications for the components we manufacture for the product they assemble. Our proximity allows us to meet every day, if necessary, and helps us create the right components to do the best job for the customer.
Which new ideas are shaping how you think about and approach work?
Every new device is smaller and lighter. For antennas, that means less room, and innovating to find solutions for even better frequency or connectivity. How do you get peak performance from a PC with an all-metal cover and ring? We are testing transparent materials to print an invisible antenna, like on the face of a smart watch. It’s very exciting research.
What would you like to pass on to others considering a career with TE?
TE has a lot of resources, innovation, and opportunities. Our global research and development centers offer many diverse perspectives. Also, as part of the Data and Devices group, we work with cutting edge technology, so every day is something new, and you learn every day. It is very stimulating.
Antennas capturing information from the Voyager space probe are really amazing. The signal reaching the antenna from space is only 1 part in 10 quadrillion. Compare this signal to today’s electronic digital watch, which offers 20 million times more power!
Source: Voyager, The Interstellar Mission, Did You Know? http://voyager.jpl.nasa.gov/mission/didyouknow.html
If undersea antennas were available to anyone, divers like me could transmit data instantly. And with tracking, I would be safer in the water.
- Felisa Chuang,
- Product Manager (and SCUBA Instructor)