Femi Oluwafemi PhD.
Current: Solutions Architect at Intel
iUT: Tell us about your role at Intel and what does it entail?
FO: Solutions Architect working in the Datacenter Group. I am architecting the cloud for autonomous cars.
iUT: What’s your background and how did it lead you to what you’re currently doing?
FO: On the personal side, I’m the oldest of five kids and I was taught responsibility and accountability from a young age. These learnings have enabled me to successfully lead teams at work.
My educational background is in Physics(Bs, Ms) and Electrical Engineering(PhD). Learnings from school enabled me to hit the ground running when I got my jobs.
iUT: What advice would you give our teens about, getting into your industry?
FO: Ask questions. Go to a 4-year college and do internships along the way. Get into STEM.
You don’t’ have to have a PhD, but I will recommend a Ms. over a BS. degree. The landscape is getting very competitive. People with higher degrees earn more.
iUT: What is the most fun thing about your job?
FO: Learning and applying new findings. Collaborating with people.
iUT: Did you have someone in your life growing up that provided you the support and inspiration to become a PhD?
FO: My parents, uncles, aunties and teachers. I have also been blessed with so many people that have mentored me along the way.
iUT: Can you share something about yourself that isn’t well known?
FO: I count patterns on buildings, floors etc. I love relaxing with movies and I’m a fantastic soccer and ping pong player.
iUT: Is there anything else you would like to add?
FO: You don’t have to have an A+ in Math to be an engineer. I don’t love math, I tolerate it. I love Physics.
Be willing to take risks. Start to code in python.