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Interview with recent ISE graduate Vicky Tseng (‘20)

Amy Sprague
March 29, 2024

In this interview, we hear from 2020 ISE graduate Vicky Tseng who tells us about her current position with Apple, how her ISE education prepared her for this role, her reflections on being a woman in engineering, and her advice for current students.

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Vicky Tseng

What do you do at Apple?

I am a Manufacturing Quality Engineer (MQE) at Apple for iPhone cover glass. I collaborate with cross-functional teams to assess designs and processes from conception, developing measurement technologies and quality control strategies across our supply chains. My focus lies in optimizing manufacturing methods to meet rigorous specifications and aggressive yield targets at a massive production scale.

How did your ISE education prepare you for this position?

ISE provided me with a solid foundation in engineering principles, enabling me to swiftly grasp complex problem statements and tackle technical challenges in my role. I firmly believe that ISE is at the intersection of engineering, data analytics, and human factors. Through coursework covering manufacturing fundamentals, operations research, and statistical analysis, I honed critical thinking skills and cultivated a holistic approach to problem-solving. This background equips me to make data-driven decisions and collaborate effectively to ensure the success of projects.

Can you reflect about being a woman in engineering?

Being a woman in engineering has presented unique challenges, particularly as one of the few females in many professional settings early in my career. Initially, voicing my opinions with confidence was daunting, especially as a recent graduate. However, I've overcome self-doubt by consistently delivering results that exceed expectations, thus demonstrating my capabilities. I've been fortunate to witness a growing emphasis on diversity and inclusion within my company, with initiatives aimed at attracting and retaining female engineers. My advice to fellow female engineers is to embrace opportunities to speak up, seek support from peers regardless of gender, and celebrate personal achievements as steps toward building confidence and resilience.

What advice do you have for current ISE students?

I encourage students to diversify their professional networks by participating in at least one student group, whether related to the major or not. Networking beyond one's immediate field can lead to unexpected opportunities and broaden perspectives. It's crucial to remain adaptable and proactive in seeking out new experiences, even if they lie outside one's comfort zone. Staying attuned to industry trends and seizing opportunities for growth are essential for long-term success.

As students transition to the work world, I want to emphasize the importance of making well-being a top priority throughout the career journey. It's not just about achieving success, but also about finding balance and taking care of yourself along the way. While pursuing career advancement, it's essential to carve out time for activities that promote your happiness and fulfillment. Whether it's taking breaks, pursuing hobbies outside of work, or investing in self-care, nurturing well-being contributes to long-term success and resilience when facing challenges. Ultimately, staying true to your passions and maintaining a balanced approach to life after ISE are keys to sustained fulfillment and growth.