The Centre for Advanced Studies in Electronics Science and Technology (CASEST), School of Physics, University of Hyderabad in the effort to engage the alumni and industry has started a lecture series titled “Alumni Students and Industry Conclave (ASIC)”. The first lecture in the ASIC series was delivered on 1st September 2023 by Mr. Sriram Bommakanti who was a 1996-98 batch student of the M.Sc. (Electronics) programme of the School of Physics. He is currently Director of Engineering at Intel Corporation, Hyderabad and Indian Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA) State champion (Volunteer). The interaction primarily was centered around the current state of the semiconductor landscape in the country, the skills needed to succeed in the Very Large-Scale Integration (VLSI) industry and his career journey over the last 25 years. He also shared his inputs to the students on how to become industry ready with reference to the semiconductor industry and the ways to engage with and get involved in IESA.
Seizing Opportunities in Semiconductors
The talk commenced with a discussion on the immense opportunities that India can harness within the semiconductor industry. Mr. Sriram Bommakanti emphasized that the semiconductor sector is one of the most dynamic and promising fields today, offering a multitude of avenues for technological innovation, research, and career growth.
Challenges for Students in the Industry
One of the key themes of the talk was the various challenges that students may encounter while pursuing a career in the semiconductor industry. These barriers, the speaker noted, can range from complex technical demands to the need for continuous learning and adaptation. However, these challenges also present opportunities for students to develop their skills and expertise.
Semiconductor Demand in the Age of AI and IoT
As technology evolves, the demand for semiconductors continues to surge. Mr. Sriram Bommakanti discussed the increasing need for semiconductors in the face of the growing use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT) devices. This trend not only offers abundant career opportunities but also underscores the importance of innovation and excellence in the industry.
The Journey of a Semiconductor Chip
A significant portion of the talk was dedicated to outlining the stages that a semiconductor chip undergoes before it reaches the end user. From design and fabrication to testing and packaging, understanding this process is vital for anyone aspiring to join the semiconductor industry.
Diverse Roles in the Semiconductor Industry
The semiconductor industry is multifaceted, offering a wide range of roles such as design engineers, process engineers, quality assurance specialists, and project managers, among others. Our speaker encouraged students to explore these diverse roles and find their niche within the industry
Qualities for Successful Internships
For students looking to intern in the semiconductor sector, our alumni speaker highlighted the essential qualities they should possess. These qualities include a strong work ethic, adaptability, problem-solving skills, and a willingness to learn from experienced professionals.
Values and Skills for Success
Finally, the talk emphasized the values and skills that students must cultivate to excel in the industry. Integrity, teamwork, attention to detail, and a passion for innovation were among the key attributes discussed. In conclusion the speaker’s enlightening talk shed light on the immense potential and opportunities within the semiconductor industry, along with the challenges that students may face along the way.
The talk ended with Prof. Ghanashyam Krishna M, Head, CASEST, University of Hyderabad presenting memorabilia to Mr. Sriram Bommakanti.
- Contributed by – Prasoon Reddy, Department of Communication.