Edita Tejnil

Edita Tejnil - 2021 SPIE Women in Optics Planner

Principal Product Engineer
Mentor Graphics, USA

SPIE Member

Edita Tejnil

Born in Czechoslovakia
Resides in USA
Educational Background: BS, MS, and PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, University of California, Berkeley

I genuinely became interested in physics, math, and science in high school and wanted to work in an area where science could be applied to real problems. Now I work on developing models that describe patterning of device features on semiconductor wafers with photolithography. I help develop software products and analyze data to enable manufacturing of semiconductor devices.

I’ve always been well-recognized for my technical contributions as an engineer. However, those contributions did not always translate to career advancement. My biggest challenge was recognizing I had to explicitly start asking for the recognition I deserved. When I was first starting out, I wish someone had advised me to find a mentor or supporter in my organization, someone who could have coached me in my career path and advancement.

To young women interested in science I highly recommend a career in STEM because your work will always be interesting and will evolve with the advancement of technology. In practical terms, I would advise these three things: work on projects that have impact, voice your opinions, and always advocate for yourself.

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