Finding That Next Generation

Dec. 9, 2013
The latest addition to the Microwaves & RF editorial staff refutes all the negative press about the next generation of high-frequency engineers.

So much has been written about the generation that has recently begun entering the workforce. They’ve been labeled as “Generation Y” or “Millennials.” Unfortunately for them, quite a bit of negative press has been devoted to their supposed sense of entitlement, unwillingness to work hard to “earn their stripes,” and more. For the microwave industry, which has been looking to fill the large shoes left by so many of its original inventors and company/industry starters, such reports are worrying. After working with several millennials over the past year, however, I have found them to be energetic, enthusiastic, technically savvy, and eager to learn. And I have found them a genuine pleasure to have on our team.

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Jean-Jacques DeLisle

A perfect example is the newest addition to the Microwaves & RF editorial staff, Jean-Jacques DeLisle (see photo). Jean-Jacques, who is based in our New York City office, truly has a “fire in his belly” when it comes to writing about RF/microwave technology. While completing his Master of Science in Electrical Engineering at New York’s Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), Jean-Jacques focused on control systems, mixed-signal integrated circuits (ICs), and RF design. His research focus was in smart-sensor platform design for RF connector applications for telecommunications. In the process, he developed a passion for the RF/microwaves field and chose to expand his knowledge by doing R&D for the telecommunications industry. Journalism has also been a passion for Jean-Jacques’ as well. He enjoyed writing for RIT’s university publication in addition to working on white papers, patents, and technical articles.

Jean-Jacques joins me and longtime editor Jack Browne in his role as Technology Editor. He will write about the latest trends in research and technology across all high-frequency product and application areas. In addition to being a great all-around guy with an inquisitive, friendly nature, he has a mission: to help engineers gain access to information services that will aid in the design process. He has experienced firsthand the frustrating, time-consuming, and ultimately expensive process of finding the right components, making sure that they meet specifications, and addressing tradeoff issues at critical points in the design process. Thus, his goal mirrors the mission of Microwaves & RF: to provide engineers with useful information that can aid their daily design process.

Jean-Jacques comes to us with a level of dedication that disproves the negative press about the younger generation. Every generation will have issues with the one following them, so I’m hoping these stereotypes can just be chalked up to generational misunderstanding. A greater concern has been that it took quite a search to find Jean-Jacques. With less electronic engineers staying in engineering as a career path and fewer choosing microwaves and RF as fields of study, it seems we have an additional mission: to promote our industry and the many exciting things it has done while communicating our passion for the future and the opportunities it holds.

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About the Author

Nancy Friedrich | Editor-in-Chief

Nancy Friedrich began her career in technical publishing in 1998. After a stint with sister publication Electronic Design as Chief Copy Editor, Nancy worked as Managing Editor of Embedded Systems Development. She then became a Technology Editor at Wireless Systems Design, an offshoot of Microwaves & RF. Nancy has called the microwave space “home” since 2005.

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