Theresa Brunasso

Theresa Brunasso

Title
President
Organization
D&S Microwave, Inc.
Location
Snellville, GA, United States
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Biography
Theresa Brunasso, President of D&S Microwave, is a 30-year veteran in the field of Electrical Engineering. She currently is a consultant supporting the Microwave Aerospace and Defense Community. Previously, she spent over 20 years at EMS Technologies, Defense and Space Systems division. At D&SS, Theresa served as Microwave Engineering Manager and Director of Technology Development, but her favorite project was designing the antenna that landed Curiosity on the surface of Mars. Theresa holds an Engineer’s Degree and M.E. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Utah, and a B.S. in Physics from the University of West Florida. She is a member of Sigma Pi Sigma, the National Physics Honor Society. Theresa loves traveling, and has vacationed in Mexico, Canada, Greece, Italy, France, Spain, Germany, England, Austria, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, Hungary and Portugal. Next summer she plans to visit Spain again. She lives in Snellville with her husband, Brian Boe, a mathematics professor at UGA. You can reach Theresa through her company website, www.dsmicrowave.com .
Education
B.S. Physics, University of West Florida MSEE, University of Utah
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Answers by Theresa Brunasso

Hi Maryanne, 
I’m glad to hear that you’re interested in electrical engineering.  It has been a fun and rewarding career for me, and I think you’ll enjoy it too.  There are thousands of companies that hire electrical engineers!  Just to give you a very few examples, you could work on consumer electronics for companies like Dell, GE or Apple.  Or you could work in Defense and Aerospace for companies like Boeing, Northrop Grumman or Lockheed Martin.  You could work on generating electrical power for companies like Georgia Power, California Edison or Western Massachusetts Electric Company.  If you like cars, you could work for automotive companies like BMW, Ford or Toyota.  You could do research at a lab like the Georgia Tech Research Institute, Applied Physics Lab or NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab.  So you see, there is a very wide variety of work that you can do as an electrical engineer.  As far as foreign languages go, I don’t think there is a “best” one to learn.  I’ve worked on projects with engineers from France, Italy, Germany and Japan, so speaking any one of those languages would be helpful.  Many companies have manufacturing in Mexico and China, so speaking those languages would also be good.  I think you should just choose the language that interests you the most, and it will certainly help you in your career.  Good luck in school, and if you have further questions, you can contact me through my website: www.dsmicrowave.com

Theresa

Hi Mary,

You've asked an interesting question.  It implies that women have qualities that men don't have, but I don't think that's true.  However, I do think that engineering is a great field for women, because there are so few women in engineering.  So, we stand out and are noticed by our managers, customers and colleagues.  That's nice when we come up with a great design, solve a difficult problem, or do any good work.  People remember our successes, and we get recognition for our achievements.

Theresa
www.dsmicrowave.com