Name: Sam Weinstein Title: Marketing and Applications Manager, Precision Linear Products Education: Masters of Management and Engineering, MIT BSEE, The Ohio State University Areas of Interest: New Product Development Process, Commercialization of New Technology, Systems Engineering Prior Experience: Semiconductor Design Engineer, IBM Microelectronics Division (holder of 4 patents), undergraduate research for NASA in the area of Autonomous Vehicles
Why did you decide to come to ADI?
My decision was heavily influenced by 2 things:
I knew I wanted to remain in the semiconductor/electronics industry to leverage my past engineering experience, and ADI's past success in the market and strength relative to its competitors was something other companies I had offers from couldn't match.
The SPM program looked to be the most well thought-out leadership development program at a high tech company for recent business school graduates. While many jobs were either immediate "permanent" positions or rotational programs without a natural transition into a management job, the SPM program seemed to have the right formula for interacting with many product development groups throughout the company to find the best long-term fit for each individual.
Why do you like working at ADI?
I enjoy helping make important business decisions, but at my core, I’m an engineer. I get excited about electronic systems and gadgets and ADI technology enables these things. ADI is a company full of the world’s top electrical engineers and I have the opportunity to interact with them every day.
What is unique about your role?
I would have to say the variety. To be effective in my role, I have to equally astute in both the business and technology aspects of any decision. Two of the hats I wear are managing a team of engineers and developing business plans for new products—these roles alone provide me with enough variety that I am enthusiastic about coming to work every day and I never find myself “watching the clock” as one might in an engineering-only role assigned to a single project for up to a year at a time; these jobs are challenging as well, to be sure, but they’re just not for me.
What cool projects have you worked on at ADI?
Lithium Ion Battery Monitoring for next generation Hybrid Electric Vehicles and Renewable Energy Grid Storage applications. I was able to visit the companies developing these systems many years before the cars like the Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf were introduced.
Automotive Radar For Adaptive Cruise Control, Blind Spot Detection, and Cross Traffic Alert. Some of these systems will enable more autonomous vehicles with Automatic Braking and Lane Departure Prevention systems.