Jennie Hwang, Ph.D
In a career spanning two
and a half decades, I have participated and contributed to commerce, technology,
and academia in electronic materials & SMT manufacturing. I have worked
in both corporate and entrepreneurial worlds, having founded two entrepreneurial
businesses. In the meantime, I have authored over 120 publications, including
the sole-authorship of several high-tech books published by McGraw-Hill, as
well as with U.K. and Japanese publishers in cutting edge technologies.
My current work in providing technology and manufacturing solutions to the fast-moving electronics industry has many interesting facets. If I have to name a single one, it is my interaction with diverse groups of people in science, technology, as well as in business across national borders. With over 100,000 air-miles of travel a year for our business, as well as many invited lectures and speeches, I have traveled around the world from Sweden and Germany to Japan and Singapore. It has been a tremendously enriching experience.
I recently set up an endowment fund at my alma mater in support of university educational activities to encourage technology transfer from academia to industry; and in sponsoring enrichment programs for faculty and students, particularly through international travel. After 20-years of continual formal schooling ( two MS degrees in Chemistry and Liquid Crystal from Columbia University and Kent State University, and a Doctorate in Materials Science and Engineering from Case Western Reserve University), I embarked upon commerce. My first job with Lockheed Martin in the mid 1970s was as demanding as any other post that I have held. Starting as a scientist/engineer, I moved up the corporate ladder to Director of Technology, working in a purely male-dominant environment. As the first woman on the job, it was critical to learn the subtle balance among the core elements for an executive woman - competency, capability, intellect, and femininity. Thereafter, I have continued on that track through various "woman-pioneering" capacities, including being the only woman to ever serve as the National President of Surface Mount Technology Association.
While working in this fast-paced industry, I have made special efforts to contribute to the "continued education" of engineers. My lectures, publications and monthly column have reached many professional engineers, scientists, and managers around the world. It has been a warm fulfilling experience to frequently receive resounding feedback from the audience and readers. Equally rewarding is the experience of contributing to the community and society by serving on various boards and committees, such as the Board Trustees of Case Western Reserve University, and through my publications in local, national, and international journals and newspapers. My topics have covered trade, education, public policy, business and social issues. Articles on "Asia Financial Turmoil", "Technology, Education, and the New Workforce", "Affirmation Action", "Modern Women", "Engineering, Education", are a few examples.
The person who made an unsurpassable influence on me and eventually to the development of my career was a most-respected scholar and philosopher - my grandfather. His genuine love, restless encouragement and praise, and constant guidance have instilled a powerful force in me: the drive to excel.
What I pride myself on is achieving the leadership position and receiving worldwide recognition in my field, while in the meantime, having managed both career and family. Our son Raymond graduated from MIT with BS and MS degrees in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering and is at Harvard Medical School; and daughter Rosalind is a junior at Wellesley College. Both of them are brilliant, vibrant, and fabulous, and most importantly, they are well-rounded, good persons.
The greatest challenge throughout my nearly 25-year career has been to maintain technological leadership in this light-speed industry, to manage business, as well as to keep up with a broad spectrum of intellectually rigorous endeavors. What I have learned is how to use time in an exceedingly effective manner.
My next goal is to contribute what I truly have in knowledge and wisdom to the future governance of corporations and organizations, leading them to the forefront of the New World and knowledge-based economy of the 21st century.
Lastly, I would like to leave the following thoughts to younger women: "Set up personal and career goals, work hard and smart, do not to hesitate to take on more than your share of work; and deliver results".