Byron's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Team T.B.D.

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Dallas, TX

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: Season 10

  • ON DVD:

BYRON WILLIAMS

Process Integration Engineer
Texas Instruments

“If you're not challenged, you're not growing.”

INTERESTS:

Numbers Technology

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Doubt Education Focus Goals Support & Encouragement Self-Reflection

FOUNDATION:

Accomplishing Goals

TAGS:

challenge, change, childhood, curiosity, decisions, degree, distractions, growth, interest, math, MIT, physics, priorities, school, science, space, Star Wars, technology, telescope, temptation

BIOGRAPHY:

  • As a kid, had a strong curiosity for math, science technology.
  • Was obsessed with Star Wars, bought a telescope, got interested in space, space travel.
  • Went to MIT undergrad; "it was a challenge, to say the least," and he doubted he was good enough.
  • Says, "get people around you that are going to help you be successful; make sure you have a support system so you can fall back on them."
  • Encourages students to "take what the professor gives you and distill it into something you understand," rewrite your notes in a language you understand.
  • When confronted with distractions living in the Bay Area ("a happenin' place"), just kept his focus on getting his Stanford degree.
  • Now works at Texas Instruments developing semiconductor materials that enable touchscreen capabilities in computers and phones.

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