10 Questions With Micron Intern Alicia Robang
Interview conducted by Georgia Parmelee
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, 2019
1. Where are you from?
2. Why did you want to come to Tech?
I knew I wanted to be a chemical engineer — my dad was an engineer. I wanted to come to Tech because it has the best and largest engineering program.
3. What was your first impression of Tech once you got here?
My first semester at Tech was also my first time being in Atlanta. I was surprised to find myself in a big city, on a large campus, with students and professors from all over the world. I quickly came to love being in the heart of Atlanta and meeting people of different backgrounds with a shared passion for science and engineering.
4. How do you want to make an impact as an engineer?
My dream is to gain as much experience as I can here in the U.S. and go back to the Philippines to work to improve science education for children. I want to inspire other students to go after a career in the sciences. In the Philippines, science education is not emphasized, so there is a real opportunity there, especially for women.
5. Who is your role model?
My dad. He’s an engineer and has inspired me to work hard in anything I do. He taught me to always stay humble, ask for help when I need it, and never stop learning.
6. How are you involved in your community?
Back home in the Philippines I had been very involved in the community. After my freshman year, I spent a month volunteering with Pilipinas Shell Foundation Inc., whose mission is to enable the disadvantaged to become productive and responsible members of society. The foundation has many social programs in various areas to educate community members on how to better their lives through sustainable development.
At Tech, I’ve been on many service trips. Last fall break, I went to Asheville, North Carolina, for a Habitat for Humanity project. Before that, I traveled to Florida to help with oyster reef restoration. Throughout the school year, I seek out volunteer opportunities on or off campus that focus on environmental conservation and human empowerment.
7. What is your role at Micron?
I am a research and development intern at Micron's headquarters located in Boise, Idaho. Specifically, I worked on the physical failure analysis in a yield enhancement lab. Our manufacturing sites produce wafers, each containing several hundred memory chips, or as we call them, die. Each die can hold thousands of bytes of memory. With the hundreds of steps involved in the production of each wafer, there are several ways a die can fail electrically because of physical defects. My job involves using various electrical tools and chemistry lab techniques to identify where and how a die has failed.
8. What is your favorite thing about working at Micron?
I like the work-life balance at Micron. The company culture is warm, and everyone has a shared goal and passion for the work that we do.
9. What’s your dream job?
Any research and development position in the semiconductor or electro-chemistry industry. I want a job where I don’t ever stop learning. I want to be challenged every day.
10. What would you say to a young girl to get them interested in becoming an engineer?
Engineering challenges you to creatively think about the world. It's about not being afraid to ask big questions and finding new ways to solve problems.
About Micron Technology
Micron Technology is a world leader in innovative memory solutions. The company has a broad portfolio of high-performance memory technologies, including DRAM, NAND, NOR Flash and 3D XPoint™ memory. Backed by nearly 40 years of technology leadership, Micron's memory solutions enable the world's most innovative computing, consumer, enterprise storage, data center, mobile, embedded and automotive applications. Micron's common stock is traded on the Nasdaq under the MU symbol. To learn more about Micron Technology Inc., visit micron.com.
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