Notes: These student bios are in different formats depending on student preference

Kyle Salk
Track: PV/Semiconductor
Undergrad: Minnesota State University, Moorhead, MN - physics
Internship: Micron
Currently at Micron

Micron is one of the largest memory producers in the world, and coming from the semiconductor track, it was easy to get up to speed with the current status and needs of the technology. I joined a characterization team, which is responsible for gathering electrical data for devices and determining issues or highlights of the device. In particular, there was a need for lab software to control the many required instruments. With knowledge of how to test devices and what information is useful, I was able to create and deploy software which is now widely used at multiple sites within the company.. ...more

 

Christina Rozeske
Track: Polymer
Undergrad: University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN - chemistry
Internship: SC Johnson
Currently at SC Johnson

Each day can be different. Some days are very technical, and I’m at the lab bench trying out formulas and performing testing, developing new methods, analyzing data, or setting up DOE’s. Other days are less technical where I’m working with marketing to ideate new product claims, working through some consumer testing to learn about how people use our products, or discussing the state of the business and looking at new ways to impact it.. ...more

 

Chris Erkkila
Track: Polymer
Undergrad: Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, WA - chemistry, minor biology
Internship: Arclin
Currently at Arclin

The program helped prepare me greatly for the reality of project flow and timelines. In industry, you find yourself clamoring to get lots of experiments and projects done and most of the time these are driven by business goals, so some of the most interesting projects from a scientific standpoint can die because of a raw material simply being too expensive. ...more

 

Carly Wright
Track: Optics
Undergrad: University of Oregon, Eugene, OR - physics
Internship: Northrop Grumman
Currently at Northrop Grumman

The Master’s Industrial Internship Program prepared me for my career in a few subtle, important ways that a standard STEM master’s degree would not. Three ways that strike me in particular are the professional development component, the tasks that ‘taught’ resourcefulness, and the ability to choose from any tool to do a certain task at hand, but that tool may not be the best one for the job...more

 

Brenna Baker
Track: Polymer Science
Undergrad: Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR - chemical engineering
Internship: FormFactor
Currently at FormFactor

During my internship, I worked in the R&D group and my main project was to characterize a new metrology tool and determine what types of process monitoring measurements for which it could be used. I was responsible for giving project updates, working with other groups to acquire product to measure, and doing statistical analysis of my findings...more

 

Caleb Van Buskirk
Track: Polymer Science
Undergrad: Willamette University, Salem, OR - chemistry
Internship: Los Alamos National Lab
Currently at Los Alamos National Lab

I graduated from Willamette University in 2016. I was coming out of college so burnt out from working full-time the entire time I was in school that I wasn't even thinking about a career post-graduation... more

 

Calvin Millar
Track: PV/Semiconductor
Undergrad: Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA - physics
Internship: HP
Currently at HP

I have been able to travel to several different countries, take charge of projects, make decisions that can affect hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue, and interact with incredibly smart and inviting people, all while doing work that is both engaging and genuinely cool to me...more

 

Malachi Wickman
Track: Polymer Science
Undergrad: Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA - chemistry
Internship: Thermo Fisher Scientific, Life Sciences Solutions Group
Currently at Red Cross

I didn’t realize how well this program prepared me for industry until it was over... My internship was with Thermo Fisher’s particles R&D group at their site in Eugene. I was fortunate to work on a project that spanned the particles, biology, and organic chemistry groups and aligned well with my interests. I worked on developing reagents and mediums for cellular probing/tagging and imaging. My team was very supportive and working for Thermo Fisher gave me a beautiful introduction to working in industry...more

 

Logan Smith
Track: PV/Semiconductor
Undergrad: University of Victoria, Victoria, BC - chemistry
Internship: Fairchild Semiconductor
Currently at Tesla

In 2015, I took a job with Tesla to work with their emerging Energy Products.  The job was still in manufacturing but the field was different: electro-mechanical troubleshooting, custom equipment and much faster paced.  I picked up new skills and improved existing skills like data science, data acquisition and controls concepts...more

 

Alycia Stuart
Track: Optics
Undergrad: Willamette University, Salem, OR - Physics, Math Minor
Internship: FEI
Currently at ESI

At first I was hesitant to change my plan from a 3-2 engineering program at Columbia to the Industrial Internship Program; however, my undergrad research wound up involving ultrafast pulsed lasers, and UO happened to have a strong optics program. For me, the program’s largest draw was the opportunity for experience in industry. I wasn’t interested in academia, and I wanted a fast track into a technical research position. This program offered that in spades...more

 

Jake Burbery
Track: Polymer Science
Undergrad: Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA - chemistry
Internship: Willamette Valley Company
Currently at Willamette Valley Company

I work as a R&D Chemist and I formulate polyurethane products for sealant applications using concrete and asphalt as substrates. Taking products from the idea stage to formulation and testing to field trials and scale up...more

 

David Logan
Track: Optics
Undergrad: Oregon Tech, Klamath Falls, OR - Electronics Engineering Technology
Internship: FEI (now Thermo Fisher Scientific)
Currently at Thermo Fisher Scientific (analytical instruments group)

The offer I accepted was at FEI (now Thermo Fisher Scientific), located in Hillsboro, Oregon. They are a leading manufacturer of electron microscopes and focused ion beam microscopes.  The technology they have was unlike anything I had previously been exposed to and I had so much fun it was hard to believe they would pay me for being there...more

 

Sean Morgan Jones
Track: PV/Semiconductor
Undergrad: University of Redlands, Redlands, CA - chemistry
Internship: Thermo Fisher Scientific (analytical instruments group)
Currently at Thermo Fisher Scientific

In my internship, I focused on electron microscopy and the practical applications of this technique in the semiconductor field.  I worked with a SEM/FIB dual beam system that specialized in automated sample prep on full wafers for semiconductor manufacturing companies.  Much of the work I did during my internship required me to analyze and improve the efficiency of the sample prep systems... more

 

Chad Civello
Track: PV/Semiconductor
Undergrad: University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH - physics
Internship: IBM
Currently at General Dynamics Mission Systems

I found a job in a research and development group at General Dynamics. The job allowed me to use my understanding of semiconductor physics from the Oregon graduate program, and my experience in fabrication from my internship at IBM, to design and implement systems that utilize various semiconductor devices. This job was much more focused on the development of systems that use the technology rather than researching and creating the technology itself...more

 

Heather Fryhle
Track: Polymer Science
Undergrad: University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA - Chemistry
Internship: Nike Air Manufacturing Innovation
Currently at Nike Air Manufacturing Innovation

At the end of my senior year, I remember feeling like my post-grad options were very limited. At the time, I was under the impression that the only two options for chemistry majors were Ph.D programs, or finding jobs in industry. Not knowing what industry was like or if it would be a good fit for me, I was hesitant to apply for a full-time position...more

 

Zach Klassen
Track: Optics
Undergrad: University of Minnesota, Morris, MN - physics
Internship: Thermo Fisher Scientific
Currently at Honeywell Aerospace

Every morning during the summer, we began with class work, during which we moved quickly through a range of advanced topics. The second half of the day we worked in the lab applying the concepts we learned during class. The evenings were spent working on homework and writing lab reports with my fellow classmates. The amount of time spent working with my classmates also built amazing and long-lasting friendships...more

 

Chris Lundeen
Track: Polymer Science
Undergrad: Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA - chemistry
Internship: Delphon Industries
Currently at Delphon

The company is fairly small, with a single group encompassing all of QC, R&D, and process engineering. This meant that while each individual in the group may have had certain usual projects and responsibilities, we all had to “wear multiple hats” and help out on different projects or tasks as needed...more

 

Jake Wilcox
Track: PV/Semiconductors
Undergrad: Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA - Physics
Internship: Polaris Battery Labs
Currently at TerraPower LLC.

I found myself in Eugene surrounded by fresh faces eager to learn. Collaboration is essential in any pursuit, but as we found ourselves solving complex problems in the solid state physics of semiconductors, or modifying our processing steps in the lab, it was critical that we functioned as a team. Not just as small groups, but as a cohort... more

 

Tyler Peterson
Track: Optics
Undergrad: Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, WA - Applied Physics (Math & Music minors)
Internship: Thermo Fisher Scientific
Currently at Thermo Fisher Scientific

My internship was at Thermo Fisher Scientific up in Bothell, WA. Our site’s main focus is the design and manufacture of fluorescence microscopes for biomedical research applications. One of the best parts of it was the fact that my team had such diverse professional backgrounds; I got to work with and learn from mechanical, software, and electrical engineers in addition to the optical engineers I worked with most... more

 

Darlene Reid
Track: PV/Semiconductor
Undergrad: Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA - Chemistry
Internship: Center for Advanced Materials Characterization in Oregon (CAMCOR)
Currently at Analytical Answers, Inc.

One of the embedded skills of the program was key to my success: 1)Quickly evaluating a situation and what needs to be done- by asking the right questions and knowing/figuring out the right tools to use...more

 

Eric Ireland
Track: Optics
Undergrad: Carthage College, Kenosha, WI - Physics & Math
Internship: ESI
Currently at ESI

Taking a job right after my bachelor’s degree would have given me temporary satisfaction, but this program has given me a more permanent peace of mind knowing that I have the tools and means to navigate the job market in the long term so that I can land a more satisfying career... more

 

Christy Cunningham
Track: Optics
Undergrad: Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ - Physics & Astronomy
Internship: Areté Associates
Currently at Gemini Observatory

When I was in high school, my dream was to get my Ph.D in Astronomy and do as much research as I could. After getting my bachelors in physics and astronomy I realized that academia wasn’t what I wanted and that I should start looking for a job I could progress with. I worked at a telescope for 3 years and realized how much I loved working hands-on and troubleshooting with the telescope equipment...more

 

Bruce Johnson
Track: PV/Semiconductors
Undergrad: DePauw University, Greencastle, IN - Physics
Internship: Brewer Science
Currently at Calibration Technologies

I first heard of the UO program when completing my bachelors at DePauw University, thought it was a good idea, but didn’t pursue it much further. A year after graduation, I finally realized I needed further education. The UO program offered a unique timeline that could quickly push me into the professional world with a surprising success rate. It was a perfect match since I did not want to spend much more time in academia...more

 

Winnie Liang
Track: Optics
Undergrad: UC Merced, Merced, CA - Physics
Internship: Moxtek
Currently at Moxtek

Professors didn’t provide much guidance throughout the summer (because they want you to figure it out yourselves), but it really shifted my academic mindset to the industrial mindset where I have to find my own solutions to problems. The internship program during the summer went through a lot of topics without going too deeply into it. This allowed us to know a little bit of everything about optics and was really all we could do in the short period of time we had to work with. But, knowing just a little about a specific topic really helped me when I had to look up information I needed - at least I knew where to start looking...more

 

Neil McIntyre
Track: Optics
Undergrad: Willamette University, Salem, OR - Physics
Internship: nLight
Currently at SAKAR Technology

I realized that I wanted to defy the statistics of unemployed college grads by getting a job that would lead to a career immediately after graduating. I was told the MIIP at the University of Oregon would do just that, and it did... more

 

Marcus Kienlen
Track: PV/Semiconductor
Undergrad: Pacific University, Forest Grove, OR - Physics/Math
Internship: TriQuint Semiconductor
Currently at Intel

The program for me was perfect for my internship. My role was as a defect reduction engineer where I worked on optical defect imaging equipment and worked with varying modules to try to eliminate defects. Thus the broad lab coursework and knowledge helped me out perfectly as I worked hand in hand through the whole semiconductor process. I was able to immediately go in and discuss varying equipment sets and processes with very little training... more

 

Carina Luck
Track: Polymer Science
Undergrad: University of Rochester, Rochester, NY - Chemistry
Internship: Arsenal Medical
Currently at Wolfe Labs

When senior year rolled around, I was very conflicted with what I wanted to accomplish after graduation. I knew I wanted to pursue some form of advanced degree, but wasn’t convinced that committing to a 5 year PhD degree was for me... more

 

James Ranney
Track: PV/Semiconductor
Undergrad: University of Oregon, Eugene, OR - Chemistry
Internship: FEI
Currently at Thermo Fisher Scientific

During my final years of undergraduate at the University of Oregon I was faced with the difficult question of what I wanted to do after college. I had spent the last three years doing research in a chemistry lab as an undergraduate with the intention of applying to a PhD program after graduating. As senior year rolled around and I was forced to address this question with more seriousness, I began to realize that I was having doubts about the path I had been following...more

 

Ben Cook
Track: Polymer Science
Undergrad: University of Idaho, Moscow, ID - Chemical Engineering
Internship: Chicago Bridge & Iron
Currently at McDermott International Inc.

I feel like the program did an excellent job preparing me for a job. Especially during the final lab, it puts you in a mindset that we were working for a company, and our team had a responsibility to deliver quality results within a tight schedule... more

 

Chris Funch
Track: PV/Semiconductor
Undergrad: St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY - Physics
Internship: IBM
Currently in Phd Program at Oregon

I got an in-depth education in semiconductor physics and the tools involved in device fabrication, but I also honed my skills as a group leader, problem solver, and public speaker... more

 

Chelsea Saldivar
Track: Optics
Undergrad: University of Oregon, Eugene, OR - Physics
Internship: nLight
Currently at Voxtel

The program attracted me because it had a completely different end goal than most graduate programs that appealed to someone who was not interested in staying in academia for another 4-8 years. Most graduate programs are geared towards PhD’s, academic research, post-docs and usually (eventually) teaching. My goal was never any of these things. I wanted to take my knowledge and apply it to real-world problems where funding and academic prowess (although still favored) was not the main concern. Rather innovation and progress was the main concern... more

 

Richmond Hollen
Track: PV/Semiconductors
Undergrad: University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA - Engineering Physics
Internship: Nanosolar
Currently at Ouster

I was one of the lucky ones. I was hired right out of undergrad at an up-and-coming solar startup. The exact company I wanted to join – Nanosolar. I was working with extremely smart, motivated individuals and we all believed our company would make a lasting positive impact on the world. In two years I had learned and grown exponentially. So why did I choose to continue my education? ... more

 

Nick Gurnon
Track: PV/Semiconductors
Undergrad: Bates College, Lewiston, ME - Chemistry
Internship: SolarWorld
Currently at Polaris Battery Labs

My path to the solar industry was not direct.  After graduating from Bates College in 2001 with a BS in Chemistry, I landed a job as an analytical chemist in the pharmaceutical industry.  I enjoyed my career, but over the years I developed a nagging interest in renewable energy... more

 

Tyrone Morato
Track: Polymer Science
Undergrad: Western Oregon University, Monmouth, OR - Chemistry
Internship: Arclin, Springfield, OR
Currently at Arclin

My hope prior to hearing about the program was to find a low-level lab job, perhaps at a university, and apply to graduate programs the following year. After hearing about the program I quickly realized that it was perfect for me... more

 

Kristen Norton
Track: Optics
Undergrad: Willamette University, Salem, OR - Physics
Internship: ESI
Currently at Synrad

The UO program is a fantastic way to get your feet wet in industry (my initial intention), but it is also sets you up for success in your field of interest. The hardest part of landing a job in industry is getting your foot in the door... more

 

Ken Gross
Track: Optics
Undergrad: Univeristy of Oregon, Eugene, OR - Physics
Internship: nLight
Currently at nLight

I currently reside with our Industrial group, running our applications lab where we test, stress and provide customer support related to our fiber laser products that cover single mode sources up to our currently released 8kW multi-mode products. We have 3 main processing capabilities in-house right now, including a 6-axis robotic welding cell, a small R&D 2D cutting tool, and an industrial scale production-level flat bed cutter. I am in charge of our lab and have a fair bit of direct customer interaction, including hosting customer/partner visits, teleconferencing, or going to our customers/partners sites to assist them with current projects...more

 

Julia Capacci
Track: Organic
Undergrad: Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA - Chemistry
Internship: WR Grace
Currently in Medical School

I worked at Elementis for three years before ultimately attending medical school. While I did not remain in chemistry, I still found the skills gained from the program extremely helpful and transferrable. Research experience and reading primary literature is an asset in medical school. Communicating with those in varying fields is another vital skill gained from the program. I was easily able to translate skills from the professional development portion to my medical school and residency applications. . more

 

Lucia Battaglia
Track: PV/Semiconductors
Undergrad: Portland State University/National Autonomous University of Mexico - Chemical Engineering and Chemistry
Internship: Intel
Currently at Intel

Now a development engineer at Intel, Lucia Battaglia was a middle-schooler in Mexico when she got the chemistry bug. “I was doing terribly and my chemistry teacher pulled me aside and tried to explain chemistry to me,” said Battaglia. ... more

 

Greg Stough
Track: Optics
Undergrad: Cal Poly Pomona, Pomona, CA - Physics
Internship: MicroVision
Currently at Newport Corporation

As my final year at Cal Poly Pomona approached, I began to seriously consider graduate work. With so many options- universities, locations, fields in physics- I had to look a little farther in the future and ask myself, where do I see myself after graduate studies? I felt a career in industry would be the best fit... more

 

Jason Wilson
Track: PV/Semiconductor
Undergrad: University of Oregon, Eugene, OR - Chemistry
Internship: Perceptive Pixel
Currently at Lam Research

I ended up being hired on after my nine-month paid internship ended. To my surprise, Microsoft purchased the company two months later. Microsoft required all of Perceptive Pixel’s employees to go through a three-interview process. This was very similar to “interview day” in the master's program, so this was nothing new to me.... more

 

Barrett Unger
Track: Organic
Undergrad: DePaul University, Chicago, IL - Chemistry
Internship: Unilever
Currently Dilettante

Today Unger is a project manager in technology innovation, working across teams to build projects within a brand. He explores new packaging technologies and materials. He talks to engineers and people in the supply chain, purchasing and marketing teams before considering how the company might roll out a new product all over the world – and have it essentially look the same. ... more

 

Kylan Hoener
Track: Optics
Undergrad: Southern Oregon University, Ashland, OR - Physics
Internship: nLight
Currently at Timbercon

The internship didn’t feel like an internship. Right from the get-go I was thrown into the world of manufacturing engineering. At first my responsibilities were minimal and I made a lot of mistakes. Everyone was really nice and I did still have some amnesty as an intern. Gradually I made fewer mistakes and was given more responsibility. When my internship ended I barely noticed (besides being paid much better). I still went to work the next day on the projects I was currently working on... more

 

Matti Alemayehu
Track: Polymer Science
Undergrad: Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL - Chemistry
Internship: Arclin
Currently at ExxonMobil

The part that attracted me the most about the program was the fact that it gives students real industrial experience providing the opportunity to apply what they have learned in theory... more

 

Jared Green
Track: Optics
Undergrad: Willamette University, Salem, OR - Physics
Internship: nLight
Currently at Intel

Summer was intense. My favorite part of the whole experience was the optical projects class at the end of the summer. This project gave me a chance to develop my research and lab skills, and was the key subject I brought with me into my interviews... more

 

Nathan Werst
Track: Polymer Science
Undergrad: Willamette University, Salem, OR - Chemistry
Internship: Bend Research
Currently at Willamette Valley Co.

The program even trained me how to interview well and have a stellar resume. The Institute’s connections with industry quickly resulted in a paid internship for nine months and an offer of full time employment in pharmaceuticals... more