Hope Bovenzi
Hope Bovenzi
Systems Engineer, Texas Instruments
San Jose, CA

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  • Describe what you do in your current work situation.
    In my current role, I am responsible for creating reference designs for Automotive Infotainment systems using integrated circuits (ICs) from Texas Instrument’s (TI’s) portfolio. Additionally I am responsible for working with the Business Units within TI to help identify gaps in TI’s portfolio and how we can develop new products to fulfill those gaps.
  • Why did you choose engineering?
    Starting in grade school it was obvious that I was a builder and creator. I loved to draw, paint, and do arts and crafts. But when my dad gave me my first junior circuit board, a new type of creating was introduced in my life. As I grew older, I also developed an interest in math and science and by the time I enrolled in my first physics class, I could finally apply math to science and understand how to create things. Naturally, the delight I found in creating combined with my passion for math and science pushed me towards engineering.
  • Where did you go to school and what degree(s) do you have?
    I did my undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering at University of California, Davis. I am currently applying to Part-Time graduate schools to get my MBA in Technical Management
  • What kinds of activities have typically been part of your work?
    I get to do so many different things in my current role! I get to travel, build circuit boards, and understand market trends and what that means for new products. I also get to help and learn from so many different people around the world.
  • What do you like best about being an engineer?
    I get to create things!
  • Which of your career accomplishments are you proudest of?
    Other than earning my degree in electrical engineering which was considerably challenging, getting to the place where I am considered a go-to resource or “expert” in regards to infotainment media interface has been an important accomplishment. It has helped increase my credibility with managers and business units across TI.
  • What challenges have you met and conquered in your pursuit of an engineering career?
    I have been rejected by schools and jobs, I’ve had to work with difficult managers, coworkers, and customers. I’ve spent hours in the lab trying to figure out the smallest issue that is stopping the whole design from working. I’ve faced sexism many times in this male dominated industry but through it all I’ve taken it one step at a time. Just like with an engineering problem, sometimes you have to just have to take a step back and think, “Ok, that didn’t work, but what is the next step that I can try?” It’s also important to ask for help!
  • Please tell us a little about your family.
    I just recently married my husband in September 2015 and we currently have two dogs. We were introduced by a good friend (and fellow electrical engineer) of mine in our last year of undergraduate school. My husband is a Mechanical Engineer at Tesla Motors. Additionally, my dad, his uncle and aunt are engineers as well!
  • What are your short-term (1-2 years) and long-term (10+ years) goals?
    My short term goals include earning my MBA and learning more about the strategic part of business development when it comes to my current role especially with regards to the automotive infotainment and media interface industry. In the long run, I want to be able to someday run my own product line where I can lead the development of specific products and cater them to market needs.
  • What (or who) had/has the greatest influence on your life choices?
    Many people have helped encourage me and mentor me over the years. My dad has probably been the person that has helped influence my career choices the most, doing whatever it took to introduce me to people and career options. My mentors in high school and college have also had a great influence on my views and opinions of the world. I still appreciate the encouragement and advice from them. Additionally, in my career I have always sought out the mentorship to help guide me through my current and future roles!
  • What advice would you give to a young woman considering a career in engineering?
    Just because you might not fit the stereotype of what a “typical engineer” is doesn’t mean that you can’t be an engineer. Don’t be afraid to be smart, take risks, try something new (that’s what engineering is all about!), and learn how you learn!
  • Any other stories or comments you would like to share with EngineerGirl visitors?
    I get to travel, build circuit boards, and understand market trends and what that means for new products. I also get to help and learn from so many different people around the world.
  • Describe something about your life outside of work: your hobbies, or perhaps a favorite book.
    Outside of work I like to volunteer at a nearby elementary school, play with my dogs, paint, crochet, go on hikes, and do yoga.
Biography
I am a Systems Engineer for Texas Instruments where I focus on Automotive Infotainment Systems. I create reference design boards to help solve customers needs and identify where we might have market gaps in TI's portfolio. I love creating whether at work or at home. Some of my hobbies include gardening, yoga, painting and crocheting. You can often times find me hanging out with my doggies outside soaking in the sun when I can!
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Education
-Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from University of California, Davis -UCLA Anderson School of Management, MBA Candidate, Class of 2019
Volunteer Opportunities
  • I am willing to be contacted by educators for possible speaking engagements in schools or in after school programs or summer camps.
  • I am willing to serve as science fair judge or other temporary volunteer at a local school.
Latest Questions
  • Makyla asked Hope Bovenzi, Texas Instruments

    Added Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 11:16 AM

    Do you love your job? Is it fun?
    Related to Internships & Jobs, Special fields and Interdisciplinary
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  • Daphne, Malaysia

    Added Monday, April 11, 2016 at 8:01 AM

    Hi. I was wondering is majoring electrical and electronic engineering and minor in mechanical engineering too heavy? Does it goes well with each other? Im interesting in both and wonder whether it will be easier to get job with this combination. Have any advice? Thanks!
    Answers 1
    Hope Bovenzi, Texas Instruments
    Answered Monday, April 11, 2016 at 8:01 AM
    Hi Daphne,
    
    Great question! I studied electrical engineering and my husband studied mechanical engineering at the same school. What was interesting about is coursework was that he was able to take a number of required electrical courses whereas I ...
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  • Lucy, Sanford

    Added Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at 5:21 PM

    Hello, I am a student pursing a career in biomedical engineering, the projects that particularly interest me are the bioprinting of organs and the work with prosthetic limbs. I am about to sign my major and I'm not entirely sure what to sign. Due to financial reasons I am unable to go to a school that offers a biomedical engineering program so I am going to do a supplement program. I have two options and I'm not sure which is best. According to the advisers I've spoken to, I can earn a ...
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    Hope Bovenzi, Texas Instruments
    Answered Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at 5:21 PM
    Hi Lucy,
    
    I think what will be helpful for you is determining where your strengths lie. Mechanical engineering is going to be much more math and physics heavy whereas biomedical will be much more biology heavy. For me personally, I didn't excel in ...
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