What do you do?
Part of a team that constantly execute experiments and analyze data to sustain the critical dimensions in the wafer dry etch process to give the customer best quality chips.
Why did you choose this field?
I remember me as a very curious child who always watch the discovery channel. When my senior year chemistry project was selected to be commercialized, I felt ow satisfying to be able to solve problems to make peoples like better. I came to the US to do my PhD and now I work for Intel where we constantly come up with innovative solutions to solve issues to make people stay more connected. I believe that these technological advances give an equal opportunity to everyone out there to acquire information they need cheaper and faster so they can make their dreams a reality.
What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?
I’m from Sri Lanka and English was my second language. For being able to stand in front of brilliant scientists from all over the world and talk about my projects and achievements in my first American Chemical Society Conference was truly a dream come true. My advisor and my friends in the audience told me you are a natural speaker. Younger would have never thought I can speak so naturally in an audience as such.
Why do you love working in STEM?
I love that I have the knowledge and a skill set to make little changes that add to the ever evolving world and to literary come with solutions to battle global issues.
Best advice for next generation?
Never be discouraged from your mistakes or hard times in life. Instead make them opportunities to grow, make yourself better to come out stronger than ever.
Inspo quote / fun fact / role model
Wherever you go, what ever you do, do it with all your heart!