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Alumni Spotlight: Behrooz Abdi

Aug 21, 2013 | Atlanta, GA

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Ashlee Gardner

Online Communications Manager

School of Electrical and Computer Engineering

ashlee.gardner@ece.gatech.edu

Name: Behrooz Abdi

GT Degree(s): M.S.E.E.

Year Degree Awarded: 1985

Current Title/Position: President and CEO

Current Company/Organization: InvenSense Inc. (NYSE: INVN)—the leading provider of MotionTracking™ devices for consumer electronics products such as smartphones, tablets, game controllers, smart TVs, and wearable sensors.

Describe your average workday.

Multiple reviews with engineering, sales, marketing, finance. Customer visits. Response to investor calls. Emails and presentations. Travel. There are no average days!

How did ECE prepare you for your current role?

Strong technical education, combined with a very practical approach to problem solving.

What advice would you give current ECE students?

Understand how the technology you're studying can, and should, impact consumers and society at large in a positive and meaningful way. If you don't understand that, then it's just a hobby.

Who was your favorite ECE professor?

Dr. Leach

What was your favorite ECE class?

Microelectronics and Analog Design

What do you think is the most important technological breakthrough of the past 20 years?

It's a tie between Internet and wireless connectivity.

When you aren’t being an Electrical/Computer Engineer, what do you like to do?

Travel, Read

Is there anything else you would like to add?

I'm very encouraged with GA Tech's efforts to connect with industry through closer collaborations, technology and business incubation, and other efforts. Tech is a Tier 1 institution and as such carries a tremendous responsibility in nurturing the next generation of technology and business leaders to keep the United States competitive in high tech.