Notable quote: “I lead a global team, a top-notch engineering team in Santa Rosa plus an experienced manufacturing team in Asia that has significantly improved the reliability of one of our products through the redesign of several parts and processes.”
Professional background: After a brief time as an engineer at an oil refinery, I joined Hewlett-Packard in Santa Rosa. During the changes from HP to Agilent Technologies to Keysight Technologies, I have worked as an engineer solving problems in various areas: plating, soldering, manufacturability, commodity sourcing and development, business systems, and reliability.
I am now a program manager, leading our global companywide implementation of the European Union Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directive plus managing our material reliability program and consortia engagements.
“These two topics are entwined due to the new materials required by the higher melting point of lead-free solder,” the company wrote about her.
“With the move to new lead-free soldering and subsequent requirement for new laminates and surface finishes, Julie was in a good position to evaluate new materials, drive design rules and ensure the many test and measurement products maintained or improved reliability. Julie was then asked to also take on the overall program management of the RoHS transition.
“The disparity between her current responsibilities and her formal education is not surprising to many who enter the workplace and find their interests migrating with new challenges presented by ever-changing needs of the business. She contributes to internal and industry-consortia projects and has published several papers on both RoHS and reliability topics.”
Education: Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from University of Washington
Tell us about yourself and your company: In high technology, the key to success is delivering what’s next — first. We are Keysight Technologies, a brand new company with over 75 years of electronic-test-and-measurement success under our belts. Founded in 1939 by Bill Hewlett and David Packard as Hewlett-Packard, our expertise continued as Agilent Technologies’ Electronic Measurement Group.
Today, Keysight is 100 percent focused on helping companies tackle the toughest electronic design, test and measurement challenges through a combination of trusted hardware, innovative software and our own global team of industry experts. The result? Insights that lead to innovation. From home entertainment to network reliability to communicating wirelessly, Keysight provides the measurement capabilities that make our world more productive and a safer place to live.
Any community involvement?
I have had a passion for encouraging girls to pursue engineering and other STEM careers for many years. Coming from a small farming and logging town with no engineering role models, in high school I attended a Women in Engineering conference that was several hours away. This was the spark that I needed to see my future path. I was inspired to use my strengths in math and science to solve problems.
To provide a similar experience for other girls, I participate in several activities. I am a founding member of Expanding Your Horizons Sonoma County, which just held our 25th annual event. I helped start and continue to participate in Keysight’s Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day. I have also done career exploration activities in local classrooms and foster homes.
I am a member of the Society of Women Engineers and was in Leadership Santa Rosa’s 29th class.
What is the achievement you are most proud of?
Environmental compliance program manager
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