Earlier this year, Nguyen Minh Tuan joined Intel as a System on Chip (SoC)-CPU Senior Physical Design Engineer, bringing with him 14 years of experience, an aspiration to nurture the next generation of Vietnamese engineers, and a goal of enhancing gender diversity in the field. We recently spoke with him about his career journey and his passion for making a difference.
Tell us what brought you to Intel?
I am absolutely delighted and humbled to join Intel and to be part of the talented community in the Design Engineering Group. After over a decade of bringing to life many applicable application-specific integrated circuit SoC chips design, I hit the moment where I pondered what’s next in my technological and leadership adventure. Intel has always been on my mind, and I seized the opportunity to join upon discovering that the company hires local-based talents in design. Now, look where I am. I am proud to say #IamIntel and excited to utilize all my past experiences to lead physical design projects here and continue to level-up CPU design architecture. Being at Intel feels like I have been given the key to unlock the door to the future of unlimited possibilities. Doing what I love every day and pursuing the One Intel goal together with great colleagues globally is simply wonderful.
What are your thoughts on the future of SoC design?
One word: excited. Thinking of the journey ahead really excited me. The chip we design is at the core of many smart devices we use in our daily lives today. A few years from now when we enter the “Angstrom era” with the implementation of high numerical aperture extreme ultraviolet lithography technology in wafer-die fabrication, we can enable many high-performance devices to enrich everyone’s life. We have a plan, what we need is great talent like you and me to join forces to turn it into reality.
Tell us more about your passion for nurturing others?
I can be where I am today because of the many great mentors and teams I had the chance to work with in the past. I found that my main motivator is to pay it forward, nurturing the next generation—especially female engineers to enhance diversity in our community. I trust that Vietnam has a pool of bright talents in tech and by being a mentor for students in the Career Mentoring program here at Intel, I can encourage them to keep pursuing their career aspirations.
What advice would you give to those growing their careers in SoC design?
- Mistakes happen despite your best intentions, Be truthful about it.
- In chaos, a calm and peaceful mind can handle any crisis.
- Grab the opportunity that comes up your way. Because competence is necessary to gain trust from others and seizing the right opportunity will allow you to develop those abilities.
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