Kevin Stiles *88, ELE

Design Verification and Analog Modeling, XtremeEDA
Mentor, GradFUTURES Mentorship Program

After completing my degree from Princeton in 1988, I served in various roles in the semiconductor process and chip design areas. Some highlights include device modeling, circuit modeling, and behavioral modeling of analog circuits so that they can be included in digital simulators. My current role focus on design verification, which is the process of confirming that a chip design will perform the functionality that the chip architects specify. Since chips typically employ hundreds of millions or more devices, and manufacturing costs are at least several millions of dollars, design verification has become a mandatory part of chip design.

Although my job roles have been decidedly industry focused, I have always maintained ties to academia, serving as an industry-university liaison on semiconductor-related topics for faculty at several universities. I even taught a semester of undergraduate level semiconductor device physics (University of Pennsylvania, 2012).

"I have worked to develop semiconductor materials and devices for both lightwave and VLSI devices. Through these years in the semiconductor industry, I have always had a strong interest in mentoring young engineers, both through sponsoring mentorships for undergraduate and graduate students, and serving as a mentor for new employees."

What advice do you have for current graduate students regarding their professional development?

"No matter what your career path looks like, always seek a mentor, and always seek to mentor others. It is easy to underestimate the value that you will gain from each of these types of relationships. Although not new to mentoring, I am new to GradFUTURES. I look forward to interacting with graduate student mentees through this program."

I have participated in the following GradFUTURES Programs: GradFUTURES Mentorship Program

Yes, I am open to being contacted by a Princeton Graduate Student for an informational interview!

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