Lucy Wang joined NXP Semiconductors in 2004. She is currently responsible for
the application development, technical support and product training of NXP
microcontroller (MCU) products in Greater China. With more than 20 years of
experience in the semiconductor industry under her belt, she’s held numerous
roles. Her mantra is simple and inspiring: “Stay humble and never forget the
original intention.” She also believes in enjoying work and life in equal
measure. We caught up with Lucy for a free-wheeling conversation.
Director Of System Engineering at NXP Semiconductors
NXP: Why did you decide to join the semiconductor industry?
Lucy Wang: I completed my postgraduate studies from Beihang
University in 1999, with a major in electronic engineering. At the time, I
just happened to stumble into the semiconductor industry, and the first
company I entered was willing to train me. I was told, “We don’t care about
your major. It’s more about having a solid foundation.” That’s held me in good
stead! Now when my team is recruiting people, I say the same thing. Don’t be
too concerned if the candidates’ undergrad or postgrad degrees would be the
exact fit for the position. What you need is a good foundation: A passionate
and motivated person, who is inclined to learn and to be nurtured.
NXP: Tell us a little bit about your work at NXP
LW: My work mainly entails the application of
Micro Controller Units
(MCUs). I’m involved in the development and support of our company’s
microcontroller products, including system validation of new products,
application reference design, customer training, technical support and support
of the entire ecosystem of partners, agents, etc. There is heaps of
cross-functional collaboration with the software, IC design, product testing,
marketing and Field Applications Engineering (FAE) teams within the company;
and continuous exchanges with customers, distributors and partners.
NXP: What advantages do women bring to the table in this industry?
LW: I think women are generally more patient and meticulous.
They can persist in doing one thing for a long time, which, I believe, is an
important condition for engineering and technical personnel. Our team has some
outstanding female engineers who have better coordination and communication
skills than our male counterparts, which comes in handy whether it is internal
or inter-departmental collaboration.
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NXP: You’ve been with NXP for more than 15 years. What do you like most about the company?
LW: That it offers a humane work environment, very flexible
and friendly. Everyone is on a first-name basis and free to express their
ideas and opinions. The company also champions a good work-life balance. It
advocates taking time off to recharge and replenish. You know you can check in
a bit late in the morning if you were on a conference call with colleagues
from another time zone the previous night. As long as you do your work
diligently and meet deadlines, it’s all good at NXP!
NXP: Any tips or pearls of wisdom for new colleagues or fresh graduates joining us?
LW: I feel a lot of young people are focused on getting
promoted after working for just a few years. How do I get a leadership role?
What are my future possibilities? These are the burning questions running
through their mind. I would advise them to work hard, move with technology and
capitalize on their strengths. Don’t give into conventions and outdated
notions of success. The path to success and fulfillment isn’t through just
becoming a manager. In my team, we have engineers from their 20s to their 50s
and everyone brings something unique to the table.
NXP: Anything else?
LW: Apart from that, I just want to encourage everyone to
balance work and their personal life. Many people in my team do that pretty
well. They make small electronic boats, balance bikes and toys for their
children in their spare time and I urge everyone to take a cue from them.
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