Why did you join NAEM?
NAEM provides not only an effective way to keep current on developments but to get exposure to new perspectives. That's particularly important to help avoid industry-specific blinders that can limit creativity and effectiveness. I'm looking forward to expanding this to our entire team with GlobalFoundries joining as a corporate member.
What do you like about your job?
I get to look across a broad range of EHS and risk management issues daily and draw on my multi-disciplinary background. We are a lean and fast- paced company, providing plenty of opportunity to dive into issues and engineer solutions.
Has your environmental program received any awards or recognition? If so, what?
We come from a proud line of EHS and sustainability innovation from AMD, Chartered Semiconductor, and most recently IBM's Semiconductor Division. There's a trove of awards across decades. Personally, for me the one that stands out is our EPA Climate Protection Award from 2008, shortly GlobalFoundries was established from AMD's semiconductor wafer fab operations. That award came at a pivotal time of integrating sustainability into the company from design to operations to marketing of consumer products. More recently, at Fab 8 in Malta, New York, acceptance into the Leadership Tier of the New York Environmental Leaders program and LEED Gold certifications cap off a 6+ year effort to establish this site and develop mature programs. Our Singapore site is a frequent winner of Workplace Safety & Health Council awards. The awards and accomplishments of IBM's Microelectronics Division are too many to list, and together we look forward to continuing and improving upon that proud history.
What career accomplishment are you most proud of?
In 2008, in the run up to the launch of GlobalFoundries, there was a need to design an organizational model to prepare for and adapt to the sea change for our company and the industry as a whole. The approach we developed — Integrated EHS, Security, Risk Management and Real Estate — has proven itself over a fascinating period of growth and change for our company and the industry. We're lean, integrated, and flexible. And we continue to find ways to add value to the company and adapt to new challenges.
What advice would you have for someone entering the field today?
Don't fixate on a clear career path. Soak it all up and be prepared to take on new challenges wherever and whenever they arise. Each one is a unique learning opportunity.
What aspect to the natural world/environment impresses you the most? Why?
I am fascinated by the complexity in small things and “empty spaces.” Take a close look. There's a lot out there.
What do you like to do during your free time?
Play with my kids, ride my bike (alone or with the family) and work on my house.