Chelsea Dubose

Chelsea Dubose

Research Systems Engineer

Tokyo Electron Ltd.

Austin, TX USA

That’s something I tell people when they seem overwhelmed: it’s not just you.


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Chelsea Dubose


My road in life has been direct.
I grew up in Austin, Texas.
I come from a family of engineers—my grandfather, both of my parents, and my brother are engineers.
In high school, I was interested in both engineering and musical theater but I decided to pursue engineering because I wasn’t as comfortable with the subjective nature of musical theater.
I earned my bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering with a minor in mathematics from the University of Evansville in Indiana.
After graduating, it was difficult to find the right engineering position for me, so I actually worked as a retail manager.
My dad, who works for Tokyo Electron Ltd., informed me that the company was looking for someone to fill a temporary role working with code that I had actually spent a lot of time on in college.
That temporary part-time position ultimately led to my full-time position now as a research systems engineer.
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Research Systems Engineer

I do data analysis and run experiments for the semiconductor industry.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Problem Solving

Day to Day

A typical day in my job can look quite different depending on what stage a project is in. Some days are full of hardware design or assembly, other days are dedicated to writing data analysis code and analyzing data, and yet other days are spent running experiments and collecting that data. My team members and I have regular meetings with our counterparts in Japan to collaborate on ideas. I enjoy the variety and creative freedom my job offers.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

I recommend earning a degree in mechanical engineering. Many people in my position go on to get a graduate degree but I don't think that's necessary. It's not necessary for everyone on a project to have a Ph.D.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:


The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"I have to live up to my dad's reputation."

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