With over 50 patents and over 80 technical papers to his name, Microsoft Silicon Valley’s Raj Master has had a career full of successes. But, he was particularly honored by his recent recognition for The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Electronics Manufacturing Technology Award.
The IEEE is the world’s largest technical professional society. It is dedicated to “advancing innovation and technological excellence for the benefit of humanity” and takes it role seriously.
However, what touched Raj was the fact that he was given a peer award. He says, “It’s not something anyone can pay for. It’s pretty rare and I am honored that other engineers have recognized this work.”
The award was given for “pioneering managerial and technical leadership in packaging technology and manufacturing, thermal solutions, substrate technology and manufacturing, and flip chip bumping that significantly impacted advancements of electronic products in the industry.”
“While it’s a great honor,” he says, “obviously, I didn’t accomplish it all by myself. There was a huge number of people who worked with me that contributed to my success and our team’s success.”
This is the pinnacle of a long journey for an engineer who started his career using slide rules instead of computers. As a student, Raj actually assumed he’d work in the steel industry and hadn’t given much of a thought to high technology.
But as soon as Mumbai born and raised Raj learned more about computing, he’d found his calling and has since worked in R & D, manufacturing, and many different areas of the electronic industry.
After two decades at IBM and 12 years at AMD, where he established manufacturing facilities for microprocessors, Raj is now coming up on his sixth year at Microsoft. His current role is General Manager for IC Packaging, Silicon Operations, Quality and Reliability for all hardware products in Microsoft.
“I’m involved with Microsoft hardware for consumers,” he says. “In a nutshell, my job is to make sure the products that we sell are flawless and that they work like they’re supposed to work.”
He is very excited about being involved with current and future generations of hardware like Xbox and Surface.
Raj notes, “I came to Microsoft to move beyond microprocessors. So, learning how consumer electronics work and learning to understand what’s important to customers has been an amazing experience.”
As for being at Microsoft Silicon Valley, Raj appreciates the close collaboration with the silicon team, as well as access to talent.
He says, “It’s hard to find so much exciting work and so much talent anywhere else in the world. Silicon Valley offers connections to various other experts, my peers and the industry in general.”
While the IEEE award is a huge honor, we have a feeling this won’t be the last time you hear about Raj Master’s work.