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Help us accelerate innovation to connect and secure the world

We’re proud of our strong relationship with the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), and we’re excited to participate in WE20, the world's largest conference for women engineers. Learn about Keysight’s focus on SWE at the Goldilocks: Get Your SWE Corporate Relationship “Just Right” session on Friday, November 6, 11:15 AM – 12:00 PM central time. And stop by our virtual Booth to learn how you can shape tomorrow’s technology and succeed at Keysight. We look forward to talking to you about career opportunities and what we love most about being a part of Keysight. We’re also scheduling interviews for attendees who upload their resumes and are a good match for Keysight. 

Hundreds of Keysight employees from around the world will be participating in WE20, representing a variety of experience levels and most of our business initiatives, including 5G, aerospace and defense, automotive electronics and energy systems, massive IT infrastructure projects, operational excellence in supply chain management and advocating for our customers. Their areas of specialty include hardware, software, applications and systems engineering, R&D, manufacturing engineering, sales, marketing, metrology, safety, and more.

Keysight employees from around the world will be attending WE20 to talk to you about career opportunities and what they love most about being a part of Keysight. We’re also hosting and participating in many workshops and scheduling on-site interviews for attendees who upload their resumes and are a good match for Keysight. 

Our ~80 delegates represent a variety of experience levels and most of our business initiatives, including 5G, aerospace and defense, automotive electronics and energy systems, massive IT infrastructure projects, operational excellence in supply chain management, and advocating for our customers. Their areas of specialty include hardware, software, applications and systems engineering, R&D, manufacturing engineering, sales, marketing, metrology, safety, and more.

We’re actively seeking industry professionals and recent graduates in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Materials Science, and Chemical Engineering. 

Create a Keysight profile and upload your resume now!

Keysight Employees Receive SWE Awards

SWE 2020 Advocating Women in Engineering Award Winner

This award honors individuals who have demonstrated professional excellence in their chosen STEM field and proven to be an advocate of women in engineering and SWE’s objectives. Robin was cited by SWE for exceptional leadership as an engineering manager; for advocacy in recruiting and retaining women in engineering fields; and for redefining engineering to better suit one’s personality and strengths. Only five of these national awards are presented this year.

Robin is the application-specific integrated circuits (ASIC) test, reliability, new product introduction manager for the Keysight Laboratories ASIC Technology organization, where she is responsible for the test development and deployment of breakthrough ASIC technologies to enable next-generation products. She has also held a variety of positions within marketing, R&D, and manufacturing, which created an appreciation of the myriad applications and versatility of an engineering degree. She strives to convey the diversity of the profession when speaking with students and other aspiring engineers, especially women, who may have a narrow perception of the industry. Robin holds a B.S. in electrical Electrical engineering Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

SWE 2020 Emerging Leader Award Winner

This award honors an engineer who has been actively engaged in an engineering or technology profession and has demonstrated outstanding leadership skills as an individual, resulting in significant accomplishments. This recognition is awarded to engineers who have 10-15 years of cumulative engineering experience while serving as an inspiration to women currently in, and aspiring to be in, industry. Winners must also demonstrate outstanding community leadership. Only ten of these national awards are presented this year. 

Laura is an engineering manager at Keysight Technologies in Santa Rosa, Ca. In this role she is responsible for launching products for the 5G market, contributing millions of dollars in revenue annually. She has held progressively larger roles within Keysight such as project management and new product introduction since joining in 2005 as a software engineer.

In addition to using her leadership skills at Keysight, Laura works with multiple organizations outside the office to enhance the community around her. This includes helping host Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day and doing community service activities such as the food bank and events that help the homeless. In her spare time, Laura enjoys playing golf as a team captain in her Keysight golf league. Laura is a black belt in judo and created a children’s judo program that later became a non-profit.

Patent Recognition Award Winner

SWE's Patent Recognition Award recognizes SWE members who have been awarded a patent within the previous ten years from the award application deadline.

Bernadette currently works in Keysight’s Communications Solutions Group as an R&D Software Engineer. When she joined Keysight in 2011, she worked as a new product introduction Test Software Engineer working with network analyzers. Bernadette has a B.S. in Physics from Caltech and a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Colorado at Boulder. In her free time, she teaches physics at Sonoma State University and enjoys reading, motorcycling, and spending time with her family.

Patent Recognition Award Winner

SWE's Patent Recognition Award recognizes SWE members who have been awarded a patent within the previous ten years from the award application deadline.

Michelle began her career as a hardware design engineer, building communication semiconductors for ground base station satellites.  She has a BS in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University.  Michelle joined Keysight in 2017, via the Ixia acquisition, where she was a Director of Sales supporting NEM accounts in Silicon Valley.  Now based in Colorado Springs, Michelle currently works as a Product Manager helping to launch new products related to 400GE technology.  An avid outdoor seeker, Michelle can be found hiking and cycling.  When not in the mountains, you can find Michelle on the tennis court.


Patent Recognition Award Winner

SWE's Patent Recognition Award recognizes SWE members who have been awarded a patent within the previous ten years from the award application deadline.

Patti is a Principal Software Engineer for the Network Visibility business in CSG at Keysight Technologies.  She has been with Keysight for 12 years (through the Ixia acquisition).  She designed and implemented the filter compiler for the Network Packet Broker products, which led to 5 patents.  Patti received her BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Iowa and her MS in Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.  She was active in SWE in college and on and off through-out her professional career.  In her free time, she enjoys running, biking, travel, and spending time with her husband and two children.


Meet some of our WE20 delegates

My role: I am the Product Line Order Fulfillment and Quality Senior Manager in Keysight’s Electronic Industrial Solutions Group.

Why is Keysight a great place to work? Keysight has provided me the flexibility and opportunities to expand, learn, and lead across different functions and areas.

My role: I do field-programmable gate array programming for boards on signal analyzer products.

Why is Keysight a great place to work? I can't think of a better place to have started my career! I've been given interesting projects in hot fields such as 5G and quantum computing. I’ve also had travel opportunities across the world that you don’t expect as a recent grad.


My role: As a product manager, I'm responsible for guiding a product through its lifecycle, from inception, product definition, product introduction, and product maintenance, through its discontinuance.

Why is Keysight a great place to work? Everyone is treated with respect and change is constant so there are always opportunities to learn new things.

My role: I’m a Production Engineer for the Wireless Devices and Operators group.

Why is Keysight a great place to work? I love how supportive and motivating everyone is. As a new employee, I felt very welcomed and guided. I also like how I am identified as an engineer and not a 'female' engineer.

My role: As an R&D Process Engineer, I develop manufacturing processes and qualify new equipment for RF, microWave, and mmWave microcircuits.

Why is Keysight a great place to work? I relocated to Santa Rosa for my job, and Keysight has made my life here exciting and fun. People at Keysight are always nice and kind, willing to help each other, and the work environment is enjoyable. I have been learning a lot since I started working here.


My role: I'm a part of the Services Logistics and Supply Chain team in Keysight’s Global Services Organization, involved in major reporting and analytics.

What I’m looking forward to at WE20: This will be my First WE20 Delegation. I'm super thrilled, excited and looking forward to this great event and experience which I will gain.

My role: I am an apprentice learning to become an Electronics Technician. I rotate from line to line for 6 months at a time learning to test and measure each product.

What I’m looking forward to at WE20: Hearing other women talk about their experiences working as an engineer and how they got to where they are.

Why is Keysight a great place to work? Keysight has great benefits and values work/personal life balance. As a single mom who works full time and goes to school, that is EVERYTHING to me.


My role: I provide pre-sale and post-sale technical support for Keysight’s Aerospace Defense Government Solutions customers in China

What I’m looking forward to at WE20: To learn from different people in the industry and work on my own development in both work and life

Why is Keysight a great place to work? Keysight has a great environment for self-development and people relationships. As Keysight engineers, we can grow with the company.

Meet some of our WE19 Delegates

Conference Events and Presenters

Reaching Out to Over 1,000 Middle School Girls

Thu, Nov. 7, 10:15 - 11:15 AM
Room: ACC North 262BC
Presenter/Host: Sarah Gilmore

Each year, GESTEM (Girls Exploring STEM) reaches over 1,000 seventh grade girls and exposes them to careers in STEM. Through the efforts of over 400 volunteers, each student experiences three different hands-on STEM workshops.  Planning an outreach event of this size requires a dedicated team of volunteers, hundreds of hours of planning, fundraising savvy, and volunteer recruitment. This premier outreach event is now in its 16th year. Come listen to the tips, tricks, and lessons we’ve learned as we have grown this event and kept it happening every year.

Sarah Gilmore is a Strategic Account Manager working for the Keysight Global Sales Organization. She has a BSEE from the Colorado School of Mines and an MBA from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. When she is not helping Keysight customers identify the best solutions for their applications, she can be found volunteering in her local SWE section. For the past 8 years, Sarah has been actively involved in planning GESTEM, which gives hands on engineering exposure to 7th grade girls.

Future of Blockchain Plenary Panel

Thu, Nov. 7, 1:30 - 2:45 PM
Room: ACC 201

Keysight is a proud sponsor of the plenary panel: Future of Blockchain. According to Markets and Markets, the global market for blockchain technology is expected to rise to $2.31bn by 2021 from just $210m in 2016. There has been a flurry of new start-ups, announcements, new user cases, and applications being developed to utilize blockchain technology. The impact of blockchain is evident across a rapidly growing list of sectors, including financial, healthcare, and data security. Research also provides strong evidence that blockchain applications will not only transform existing business models but have the potential to invent new forms of business in profound and unanticipated ways. A panel of leading experts will discuss the evolution of this technology, its application across industries, share their perspective on its potential, and examine pitfalls of the both technology and the future of crypto investment.

The Reel Truth: The State of Women in Media

Thu, Nov. 7, 3:15 - 4:15 PM
Room: ACC North 262BC
Presenters/Hosts: Lisa Gilman, Dana Cisneros and Kim Bishop

Starting with the question, “Why aren’t there more women in STEM?” as the launch pad, this presentation takes a critical look at the negative way women are portrayed in film and other media, particularly women in STEM. We will share the insider’s truth of how the industry works from interviews conducted with filmmakers, advocates, academics, and more. We will explore what the current media landscape looks like, examine how media hiring practices behind the camera impact representation on camera, celebrate advocacy efforts underway, and suggest ways STEM professionals can influence how the media portrays women, all to draw the underlying and powerful connection between what children see in the media, the challenges they face and ultimately the careers they pursue.

Lisa Gilman is an Operations Manager at Keysight Technologies. As a mother of two young girls, she is passionate about empowering women and girls to achieve their potential, and supporting girls in pursuing opportunities in STEM, and mentoring and growing women leaders. Lisa holds a B.A. in Diplomacy and World Affairs from Occidental College and an MBA in Finance from the University of Colorado. Her career has spanned building and leading a dynamic business team that manages >$200M of orders annually; driving operational excellence through collaborative problem-solving; managing supply chain strategic planning and contract negotiation for new product introductions; and writing hundreds of published articles.

Kim Bishop is a Mechanical R&D Engineer for Keysight Labs. Growing up in the mountain of southern California, Kim started tinkering with bicycles at age 5 and would build contraptions out of broken copy machine parts her dad would bring home from work.  She first joined Keysight /Agilent in 2000 where she worked as a Mechanical Production Engineer and a Mechanical R&D Engineer.  Her core expertise is in the area of instrument enclosure design and thermal management of electronics. Kim received her Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in 1999.

Dana Cisneros is the Global EDA Supplier Manager for Keysight Technologies.  She earned her BSEE degree from the University of Colorado.  Her career has spanned hardware design, project management, customer and vendor relationship management and contract negotiations.  She is also a member of the Keysight Colorado Springs Women’s Networking Group, where she helps to coordinate on-site events that bring Keysight women together to meet and network. 

Method to Determine Error Vector Magnitude for GFDM Signals for 5G Applications

Thu, Nov. 7, 4:30 - 5:30 PM
Room: ACC 204C
Presenter/Host: Shari Chen

Wireless spectrum is increasingly getting congested and the demand for data traffic is growing continuously.  Currently, due to its robustness with frequency-selective channels, many of digital communications systems are using orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM).  However, due to high out-of-band (OOB) emissions, OFDM is facing limitations when used in fragmented spectrum and with dynamic spectrum allocation scenarios used in 5G systems.  Generalized Frequency Division Multiplexing (GFDM) provides a solution to address the OOB emission reduction required by many 5G networks.  GFDM generalize the concept of orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) while featuring multiple circularly pulse-shaped sub symbols per subcarrier.  This paper presents a method to determine error vector magnitude (EVM) measurement for a GFDM signal.  A synchronization algorithm based on cyclic prefix (Cp) will be utilized to gain time domain synchronization, and zero forcing equalization will be used to perform the channel equalization.  Then the error vector magnitude will be determined by comparing the actual measured signal to an ideal reference signal.

Shari Chen is an R&D software engineer with Keysight Technologies, and she is part of the design team with X-series spectrum analyzer measurement application software.  She has a MS in computer engineering from Sonoma State University and a BS in aerospace engineering from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.  Shari contributes to signal analysis software that is being utilized by cellular communications, wireless connectivity, and aerospace and defense applications. 

Cover Letters: Tips from a hiring manager

Fri, Nov. 8, 10:00 - 10:20 AM
Room ACC North 151
Presenter/Host: Leyla Hashemi

Your resume clearly outlines your education, skills and experiences, so why bother with the cover letter? If this thought has crossed your mind, you are not alone. A well written cover letter will complement your application. It is what differentiates you from hundreds of other qualifying applicants. This session will cover common shortcomings that can easily be avoided. All examples are drawn from hundreds of real cover letters reviewed by a hiring manager. Attendees will learn tips for writing an effective and personalized cover letter that will make a mark on the reader's mind and increase their chances to get interviews.

Leyla Hashemi is an R&D Engineering Manager with Keysight. She leads a team of twelve engineers responsible for microcircuit new product introductions. As an engineer, Leyla developed laser micromachining, photochemical machining and electroplating processes for the fabrication of precision electromechanical and microfluidic components. Leyla earned her Master’s degree in Materials Science from UC Davis in 2010. Later she was invited as Adjunct Lecturer to teach EMS 188, Materials Science Senior Design Project.

#SHECANSTEM Plenary Panel

Fri, Nov. 8, 10:15 - 11:30 AM
Room ACC 201
Panelist: Gail Heck-Sweeney

To highlight the importance of female role models in STEM, SWE has joined other thought-leaders in partnering with the AdCouncil’s recent campaign, #SHECANSTEM and the IF/THEN Coalition. The campaign is built around the reality that girls can’t be what they can’t see and empathizes the importance female role models in STEM to inspire persistence in the field for younger generations. This campaign also seeks to give visibility to women currently dominating the world of STEM so girls see themselves as future leaders in these sectors. This panel will discuss the need for a future in which more women innovators are empowered to solve our greatest global challenges. To further inspire the future workforce, the technical leaders on this panel will also share their own inspiring paths towards attaining successful engineering careers.

Keysight employee Gail Heck-Sweeney will join the plenary panel for this event. Gail’s exceptional résumé of international achievements, global impact on business and employees, and extra-curricular leadership activities as a role model makes her an ideal member of the panel. Gail leads Keysight’s network of worldwide strategic partners. Her forty years with HP/Agilent/Keysight have taken her around the globe, touching nearly all aspects of business operations from product development and manufacturing to marketing and sales, to mention a few. She has cofounded multiple organizations that promote the mentorship and development of women in business.

Realizing the Vision of 5G

Sat, Nov. 9, 9:45 - 10:05 AM
Room: ACC 204C
Presenter/Host: Karolina Eklund

We’re on the cusp of unleashing the full potential of 5G and the benefits this technology will deliver in terms of improving productivity, opening new business models and increasing GDP in countries that choose to invest in its technology. Next generation of mobile communications will change our lives in many ways, making possible exciting new use cases such as virtual realities, self-driving cars and remote surgeries. To make 5G a reality, carriers will need to transform their networks towards an open architecture that is flexible, scalable and distributed to capitalize on greater reliability, lower latencies and faster networks to realize the vision of 5G for consumers and industry alike. The future of mobile technology is an exciting prospect to be involved in!

Karolina Eklund drives Keysight’s marketing activities aimed to enhance our 5G presence. She is passionate about implementing effective and innovative communications strategies for companies operating in the technology sector. Karolina acquired a Master of Science Degree in Industrial Engineering and Management in 2000 and has since held several sales and marketing manager positions at leading high-tech companies in the mobile industry.

Leveraging and Promoting the SWE Brand for All

Sat, Nov. 9, 12:45 - 1:45 PM
Panelists: Monica Harrison, R&D Engineer at Keysight, Drew Navolio, VP at David James Group (DJG), and Bridget Tully, Manager of Digital Media and Content at DJG

As SWE members we are also SWE representatives and brand ambassadors. One of the most powerful ways to promote our SWE affiliation is online and through social media. This session will review the SWE Brand Use Guidelines and the Social Media Policy, in addition to hosting a conversation on how members can promote SWE using digital and social media. Panelists will also discuss strategies for brand promotion, best practices for engaging audiences online, and resources available to Sections and Affiliate Groups.

Monica Harrison is an R&D Engineer at Keysight Technologies and is currently serving at the Society level as FY20 Chair of SWE’s Integrated Marketing Advisory Board (IMAB). Monica has a BSEE from San Francisco State University and has 14 years of industry experience. Monica has led Keysight’s integrated marketing strategy promoting SWE and the annual conference since 2015.

USB4 – Highspeed communication and power at your fingertips

Sat, Nov. 9, 1:30 - 1:50 PM
Room: ACC 207AB
Presenter/Host: Jeanne Snow

Good communication between electronic devices is often taken for granted. Let’s look under the hood and explore how it works! USB (Universal Serial Bus) has been the standard communication protocol since the mid-1990’s. The Type-C connector (introduced August 2014) created opportunity for faster speeds, alternate mode capabilities, bi-directionality, and variable power delivery. USB4 is the latest USB protocol, announced March 2019. It will offer significant increases in flexibility, speed and power capabilities in the Type-C form factor. Over 50 companies have participated in drafting and reviewing the latest USB specification. We will all encounter this in our devices in the near future. Whether you are involved in product design or just a curious user, know what to expect and how to maximize your experience.  

Jeanne Snow has a BSEE from University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. She is in R&D at Keysight in the Digital and Photonics Center of Excellence focused on oscilloscope and probing solutions. Jeanne’s role at Keysight supports industry leaders at the forefront of innovation and design in various market segments. Jeanne has had an active role in the design of several of Keysight's oscilloscope and probe products providing electronics test and measurement solutions. These solutions accelerate design cycles and ensure reliability for customers paving the way to market leadership.

Collegiate Leadership Institute Activities at WE19

Keysight has been a sponsor of SWE's Collegiate Leadership Institute (CLI) and its predecessor programs since 2003.  This program identifies, supports, and prepares female collegiate engineering students to become the leaders of tomorrow in STEM. During WE19, The CLI will provide collegiate-specific sessions on career and leadership skills. Participants will learn from career and leadership experts, gain new skills, and network with current and future SWE professionals. Learn more about CLI at WE19 on this page.