Graduate Profiles


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Profile - Vandanna

Give a description of your position.

I am in the Marketing Rotation Program in Communication Solutions Group.  This is a two-year rotation in which the first year is spent on various projects and pre-sales support while the second year is spent on longer projects. In my first six months I have been supporting Signal Analyzers and had several marketing projects.  This includes commercial videos for Insight, publishing blog tutorials, and updating one of the landing pages on Keysight.com.   

How does your role Keysight complement your major and what is different about it?

I graduated with my degree in Electrical & Computer Engineering, with an emphasis in RF/Microwave.  My major and background in RF has been helpful in my job as I now support a high frequency instrument, and having a fundamental background in RF / Microwave has been very helpful.  This has provided an essential foundation for my job.  It is different in the sense that now I know the practical applications of everything I have learned from school. 

Name any accomplishments or promotions you have had while at Keysight if any.

I have had the wonderful opportunity of being Intern Coordinator this summer, and have been coordinating our Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Webinar events. 

What is your daily life like in your job?

I work on FAQs/Forums about once a week, and spend a good portion of my days working on support.  This requires me to talk to the Signal Analyzer experts to understand the questions that come in and provide thorough responses for the customer.

What is your favorite thing about Keysight?

My favorite thing about Keysight is its culture.  Keysight truly values work and personal life balance which I really appreciate.  I love how easy-going and willing to help everyone is.  During my time as a new hire it has been important to have a supportive environment. There has never been one person that has not been willing to take time out of their day to explain something to me.

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Profile - Rosana

Give a description of your position.

I like to think that I am the face of the Network Analyzer product line.  I support the Industry Solution Groups with their customers who use our network analyzers and I support our field when they want to sell or demo our network analyzers.  Additionally, I keep a pulse on the competitive market.  I can see a wide variety of customer problems and influence business decisions based on my customer experience.

How does your role at Keysight complement your major and what is different about it?

Network Analyzers measure the performance quality of electronic devices, like reflection/transmission parameters and spectral content.  All this was part of our courses at school but we would deal with the theoretical performance and calculate it by hand.

What made you decide Keysight? 

I interned here the summer before my last year of college.  I was instantly welcomed and people were excited to meet me and teach me what they know.  I have experienced other workplace cultures.  However, what makes Keysight unique is that they do a great job of supporting their employees and allowing for flexible schedules. 

What is your daily life like in your job?

When field engineers are stumped by customer questions, they will ask the ‘factory’ where we specialize in a certain product or technology.  I answer any questions that get routed to me.  I also research the competition and create content to effectively win any deal.  I also create training and seminar content to finally present this material to internal engineers or our customers. 

What is your favorite thing about Keysight?

The knowledge in these hallways amazes me.  Many of the engineers who have been here the longest are specialized.  One person knows all about the modulation of 5G candidate waveforms and the next person knows the ins and outs of the ADC chip that our spectrum analyzers use.  Bonus: they get excited to see new hires interested in their life’s work and love to show us what they do.

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Profile - Derek

Give a description of your position.

I work with developers to create an intuitive user interface (UI) for software applications that matches the user workflow. Initially I begin by creating mockups to help test the UI with individuals who match our target users and get feedback on how to improve the UI. Once the developers code the software I work with end users (typically customers) to get their feedback and we continue to iterate the development/improvement process for the software.

How does your role Keysight complement your major and what is different about it?

I get to work on the development of UIs from a user-centered design perspective. Ideally we try to focus on the iteration and constant improvement of the user experience.

I do not have an electrical engineering background, so there is a learning curve when starting new projects to learn just how the end users interact with the instruments/applications.

What classes were most helpful to you in your job now?

The classes that were most helpful to me were, Usability Engineering, Models of Human-Computer Interaction, and Information Visualization.

What is your daily life like in your job?

Attend meetings during the morning and review usability issues, compile notes and communicate with other team members on my various projects. During downtime, I like to work on mockups, try to understand user workflows, and prepare materials for future meetings. During testing times, I create a testing schedule and itinerary, prepare scenarios with our various applications and instruments, and perform testing sessions. Following the sessions, I review and compile notes and create feedback reports on the software to give back to the team members.

What is your favorite thing about Keysight?

It is a relaxed work environment, people are willing to help and answer any questions you have.

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Profile - Benjamin

Give a description of your position.

As an IC Product Engineer, I handled quality control of the IC’s that are fabricated in the High Frequency Technology Center at the Santa Rosa site. I also worked with the failure analysis of IC’s that had failed in the field and on the line. I have only been in my new role now for a month and am just beginning to learn what all it entails.

How does your role Keysight complement your major and what is different about it?

My major gave me the knowledge to understand how the IC’s function and how to properly test and troubleshoot them. The work done in school is often focused on design and learning. My role at Keysight leverages that knowledge, however it is more business focused.

What classes were most helpful to you in your job now?

The classes that were most helpful to me had to be, Microelectronic Integrated Circuit Fabrication, RF Circuit Design and Wireless Systems, along with my Microwave Engineering 1&2 classes.

What is your daily life like in your job?

As an IC Product Engineer, I would answer emails and prioritize what needed to be accomplished that day.  This could involve troubleshooting a test system, analyzing test data, performing failure analysis on IC’s, among other things.

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Profile - Rafael

What courses do you wish you would’ve taken and/or experiences you wish you had to become better prepared?

I wish I had used the Spectrum Analyzer and Network Analyzer more during my studies as this forms a big part of the Keysight product portfolio

What do you love about your job?

I love having the opportunity to engage with customers on a daily basis and learning about all the latest technological research areas which are being investigated out there.

How/why did you decide on Keysight?

The opportunity to work for the world’s premier test & measurement company was a good chance for me to develop my career as an engineer and also the opportunity to learn from some of the world’s leading experts in their fields was a huge draw for me.  The fact that we used a lot of HP / Agilent / Keysight products in our labs during my studies made it an easier decision to join such a reputable company with such quality and vast variety of products.

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Profile - Wesley

Give a description of your position.

I work in the High Frequency Measurement division where I design the drivers for our modular PXIe products.

How does your role Keysight complement your major and what is different about it?

My degree complements my job because it was a degree primarily in object-oriented software design, which is what most of driver design is. What is different is the lack of hardware knowledge that came with my degree; when working with drivers you are working very close to the hardware where having a better understanding of the hardware can be an advantage.

Are there things that you wished you learned or classes you could’ve taken while at University?

Yes and no. No, because at the time I had no clue what direction my degree would take me so from that point in time I think I made the right choice to go out and find a job to find a direction. Yes, because I plan on going back to school for a master’s degree and now that I had a chance to get some real world experience I have a much better idea of what my master’s degree should focus on.

What is your daily life like in your job?

I come in and do my morning maintenance tasks, things like reviewing last night’s regression test results and emails I did not get to the previous day. Then I go to my standup meeting and after that I either work on features I’m trying to develop or put out fires need to be put out.

What is your favorite thing about Keysight?

The people I work with; they are incredibly intelligent and are patient at teaching you when there are gaps of knowledge you need to know.

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Profile - Blake

Give a description of your position.

My position usually changes based on what stage of a project I am in and depending on what part of the project currently needs help. I have done every from hardware design and validation, hardware quality testing, software quality testing, and FPGA design work. I like the variety of work I get to do in my position.

How does your role Keysight complement your major and what is different about it?

My role at Keysight complements my major quite well. I had a unique blend of hardware and low level software and FPGA experience. This relatively broad base of experience serves me well in my role at Keysight in that it allows me to seamlessly switch between a few different R&D roles based on the needs to the project.

Things you did in school that helped prepare you for the work environment and how?

I would say internships were the most important thing I did during school that helped prepare me for the work environment. Internships are great because they give you a taste of what different jobs would be like without having any long-term commitment to a particular company.

What is your daily life like in your job?

Other than daily checking my emails, my day to day job varies a lot. It depends on what stage the project is in and what my role is on that project.

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Profile - Ally

Give a description of your position.

I work in Marketing for the Communication Solutions Group. Our team manages the digital marketing efforts for InfiniiVision and Infiniium Oscilloscope product lines. I am on the creative branch of the team, focusing on planning and developing digital content for oscilloscopes. This includes managing the Keysight Oscilloscopes Facebook page, creating and editing videos for the Keysight Oscilloscopes YouTube channel, and assisting with marketing campaign development and other content creation for things like webcasts, articles, and EDMs.

What is your daily life like in your job?

Every day is different! But typically, I attend meetings, answer emails, keep up with comments and messages on the Facebook channel. I also do content development such as, filming a video, taking photos or writing an article. I love how much variety there is in my job.

How does your role Keysight complement your major and what is different about it?

I use general electrical and computer engineering knowledge from college classes and labs daily for content development and answering customer questions. What I learned from my major enables me to quickly pick up oscilloscope-specific knowledge I may not have specifically learned in school. I enjoy working on developing new skills such as video filming and editing, photography and graphic design, as well as writing and editing articles.

What is your favorite thing about Keysight?

I love my team. I love the work environment that my manager has created where we all have a great deal of ownership of our work, but will drop everything and help each other out when needed. I enjoy being on a team that values hard work and risk taking. It is so rewarding.

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Profile - Casey

Give a description of your position.

I help develop solutions to solve customer test and measurement challenges related to electric cars, renewable energy, and electric power conversion. This can mean combining existing Keysight products or designing new ones. I have mostly worked on FPGA development using Verilog/SystemVerilog for the new instruments. I have also written some of the firmware in C++ on the instruments and worked on a PC software project.

How does your role Keysight complement your major and what is different about it?

I use concepts I learned in college every day. The Computer Engineering degree is similar to Electrical Engineering, but with more programming and computer architecture classes. Keysight instruments are embedded computers mixed with specialized analog measurement circuits so it helps to understand both what the firmware and the analog hardware is doing.

What classes were most helpful to you in your job now?

The classes that were most helpful to me were, Digital System Design, Embedded Computer Architecture, C++, and Electronic Circuits.

What made you decide Keysight?

I had an internship at HP during college that I enjoyed. I knew Keysight started as HP and I wanted to work somewhere with a similar company culture.  I got a job offer and accepted because the work sounded interesting and everyone I talked to for the interview was nice.

What is your daily life like in your job?

We usually have a short standup meeting every morning to discuss what we are working on for the day and get help if we are stuck on anything. Then I start working on developing and testing product features according to the project schedule. There is a gym in the building with workout equipment and free classes so I usually take a break to work out or go for a run outside. Most days I work with the other R&D team members and do not interact directly with customers. However, I recently got to travel to South Korea for a week to support a customer installing our product in their manufacturing line. That was a great experience for me.

What is your favorite thing about Keysight?

Keysight has a good culture that supports work-life balance. Some weeks you might work long hours to meet a deadline, but then work less hours another next week. I get a lot of freedom to set my own schedule and do not feel micro-managed. Also, the people I work with are very smart and always willing to share their knowledge. It is a very collaborative and positive environment.

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