Kaelly Farnham says her job is like getting peek into the future of technology. “I love my job because I get to work with engineers all over the world; brilliant people who are working on emerging technologies. It’s fast-paced and always changing.”
She adds that Keysight technologies are used to design components of cell phones, wearable electronics, air/cockpit communications, high-speed digital paths in modern computers, and radar and military communications.
With a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University in Minnesota and a master’s degree in Mathematical Biology from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Farnham is also passionate about participating in programs to encourage young women to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math.
“I find it so refreshing to share and inspire our next-generation of engineers right here in the Bay Area,” she said.
TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF AND YOUR COMPANY
Professional background: high school math teacher in Dallas, two years; marketing engineer, three years; and marketing manager, one year.
Education: B.A. in mathematics, College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University, Minn.; M.S. in mathematical biology, University of Nebraska, Lincoln.
I’m a super-energetic marketing manager at Keysight Technologies, responsible for worldwide marketing programs for communications design software tools. I love my job because I get to work with engineers all over the world; brilliant people who are working on emerging technologies. It’s fast-paced and always changing.
Over 70 percent of the products that are used in everyday communications have components that were designed by the Keysight EDA software tool suite. Our products are used to design components in cell phones, wearable electronics, air/cockpit communications, space exploration communications, high-speed digital signal paths in modern computers, and radar and military communications.
I am passionate about encouraging young women to pursue STEM careers and like to share my path to engineering with local students. I also volunteer with two annual one-day conferences to encourage young girls to study engineering, and am a mentor at the local Santa Rosa Junior College’s MESA program, which helps local students graduate with a four-year engineering degree.
MAJOR ACCOMPLISHMENT IN THE PAST YEAR OR SO
Organizing and recruiting a Keysight delegation of over 50 women to attend the National Society of Women Engineers (SWE) conference in Nashville last year (October 2015), the largest Keysight delegation we’ve ever sent! This was a collaborative effort by the Keysight Society of Women Engineers Enterprise Program (KSWEEP) Council and I was so proud & inspired to see so many women engineers from Keysight at the same place together at the conference.
WHAT IS THE ACHIEVEMENT YOU ARE MOST PROUD OF?
Being selected as a member of a committee of Agilent employees to discuss strategy, develop process, brainstorm, and pick a new name for the EM spin-off from Agilent in 2014. We came up with the name Keysight.
WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST CHALLENGE TODAY?
Fostering a collaborative, team atmosphere with employees working all over the world.
WORDS THAT BEST DESCRIBE YOU: Energetic, passionate, enthusiastic, positive
AS A SUCCESSFUL FEMALE PROFESSIONAL, WHAT WERE THE BIGGEST OBSTACLES YOU FACED AND HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM?
Realizing that it’s okay to be myself! I tried way too hard to mimic the personalities of my co-workers when I first started. I slowly realized I had unique skills, talents, and a way of looking at the world that could make our organization even better. Once I had the courage enough to be myself, work was so much more fun, and I started to make a difference.
Marketing programs manager
1400 Fountaingrove Pkwy., Santa Rosa, CA 95403
Residence: Santa Rosa
Hometown: Everywhere. My parents were in the military.