If the goodness of a mother goes deeper than the ocean, then that of a father reaches higher than the mountains. A father’s love is oftentimes different from a mother’s, but it is one that is no less powerful and impactful. Fathers might let us do what our mothers won’t allow us to do. They take us on adventures we remember for a lifetime. They can be disciplinarians. They sometimes (or often) worry too much. These are of course general statements, but one thing is for sure: there are few gifts in life greater than the love of a father—or the opportunity to be a father.
For this Father’s Day tribute, we spoke to four working dads from Intel Taiwan about their journey through fatherhood, their take on work-family balance, and their most valuable pearls of wisdom.
Gary Huang, Product Engineer
With a master’s degree in electrical engineering, Gary has been in the semiconductor industry for close to 16 years. Starting out in a local company, he moved to Intel five years into his career. Today as a product engineer, he works closely with foundries to make sure the company’s products are of the highest quality. A team player at heart, he loves basketball with a passion that even an ACL injury can’t stop.
A proud dad to a 5-year-old girl and 3-year-old boy, Gary doesn’t compromise on spending time with his growing kids. When needed for dad duties, he works from home. Through clear and open communication with his manager, he thrives in balancing the very different demands of work and parenting. He is quick to credit his workplace for being family-oriented and compassionate.
“My manager often reminds me that my family is the priority. And this is liberating because I’m able to perform my fatherly duties without being too stressed with work. It also has a motivating effect because I’m entrusted to perform my role in my own time, without micromanagement.”
“Ultimately though, it’s not about a single manager, but rather the workplace environment and culture as a whole. It encourages independence, self-empowerment, balance, and growth. Which is why I believe that one should always be mindful of his or her environment and not compromise on what’s important to them.”
Scott Gardiner, Platform Validation Director
From Oregon to Taipei, Scott has come quite a long way—both in his journey as an Intel employee and as a father. When he first joined the company in 1997 as a fresh electrical engineering graduate, he didn’t have children. Fast forward to today, and he’s completed a master’s degree, has three daughters and one son, and he has moved to Taiwan with his family for a new adventure in the company.
Growing up, Scott was always curious and keen on problem solving. This had a lot to do with his own dad who was a math and science teacher. “He definitely inspired me to become an engineer. I grew up in a big family with seven other siblings, and what’s funny is all four of us boys went to engineering school!”
Becoming a father himself was a dream come true for Scott. “As much as I have taught my children over the years, I’ve also learned tremendously from them. Ultimately, it has helped shape me and has allowed me to grow and become a better person and father, as well as a better engineer and manager at Intel.”
When asked if he had any advice for aspiring dads and those embarking on a career, Scott said: “It might seem scary at first, but the rewards are immeasurable. And you definitely don’t have to choose one over another. It takes sacrifice and hard work, but it can be done. And being at a company like Intel that emphasizes the importance of family and flexibility certainly helps.”
Johnny Woo, CQE Manager
A true sportsman, Johnny started his journey at Intel Taiwan 17 years ago. Growing up in Hsinchu, he was always drawn to the great outdoors. When he’s not spending time with his family or at work, he’s either cycling, running, golfing, or practicing tai chi—all of which help him find the balance and clarity that he needs on a daily basis. It comes as no surprise that his backup plan should engineering not work out was for him to become a PE teacher.
His current role as a Customer Quality Engineering manager sees him interfacing with customers, most of whom are ODMs in China. From dealing with production issues to product enablement, Johnny basks in the daily interaction. “Building relationships, helping others, and having customers that trust you from the heart are what I find fulfilling.”
Johnny is a proud father to two daughters, one of whom is 21 and the other 19. “I often impress upon them the importance of knowing yourself and the relationship you have with yourself. It’s important to find what makes you unique because doing so helps you become more instinctive and confident with your decisions.”
“Knowing your priorities in life is important. If you have a family and things are stable at home, you’ll be able to thrive at work because you don’t need to worry as much. Having a good relationship and shared values with your partner is also important. You know what they say: ‘Happy wife, happy life!’”
Bing Chen, Regional Application Manager (FAE Manager)
Bing recalls being in total awe of a friend’s home PC when he was just 10 years old. Since then, his dream was always to create and work closely with computers at a company like Intel. He went on to study computer science and hasn’t looked back since. Today, as a Regional Application manager, he works closely with OEMs in their quest to create the latest in PC products—a space where every day brings about new challenges and opportunities.
It’s a demanding role and Bing acknowledges that while he sometimes needs to work at night, the workplace culture more than makes up for it. “Just as we are customer obsessed, we’re also one Intel—and that means we don’t work alone. There’s a shared vision and a strong sense of camaraderie. As a result, we’re never spread too thin and this allows for better work-life balance.”
Baseball is a big part of Bing’s life, as evidenced by his sprawling collection of baseball memorabilia and equipment. It’s no wonder that his two kids are also very involved in sports: his 13-year-old son loves baseball and basketball, and his 9-year-old daughter is into fencing.
“When I was younger, I remember my dad telling me: ‘I may not be a role model in every area, but if there’s one thing I hope for, it’s that you’ll have patience, be eager to learn, and write your own story.’ And this is something I pass on to my kids. Believe in yourself if you want to do something, invest your resources, and commit.”
Are you inspired by these wonderful dads and interested in growing a career of your own at Intel Taiwan? Explore our open opportunities today.