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54: Computer Engineer-stop worrying about what you don’t know and just start-Chris St. John

Chris St. John earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Kettering University and a Masters in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from The University of Michigan. Chris is currently a Field Applications Engineer for a large semiconductor company.

Even though his degrees are in Electrical Engineering – his passion is in computer engineering. Chris provides his insights into which path to pursue for computer engineering. Today Chris is focused on reconfigurable hardware in the form of Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGA). As a Field Applications Engineer (FAE) you are not always behind the desk, you are typically our working with customers, solving problems in their labs.

He is fired up about where computing is going to go and where the next generation will take it. And Chris’ ah-ha moment is that he finally needed to go to the professors office hours – stop worrying about what you don’t know and just pick a place to start and move forward. Some advice is don’t be afraid to fail and absolutely develop those study skills and grit!

An attribute for his success is he likes to go for a win-win outcome.

A book recommended by Chris is Talent Is Overrated by Geoff Colvin.

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