It's a digital world. But, ironically, there's a shortage of experienced analog design engineers out there. So laments Steve Lyle, Director of Worldwide Staffing for Texas Instruments. "Obviously, it takes an analog signal at the beginning of the design and at the end of the design to make digital work," he says. "And we're having difficulty finding engineers with five to seven years of experience who can walk in and develop high-speed, high-performance analog devices," says Lyle. One reason: Many good analog design engineers are firmly entrenched in their current companies and can't be pried away—even for salaries that are extremely competitive. Currently looking to fill dozens of openings, Lyle sees demand for analog engineers for years to come. "I hope lots of bright students in high school are going to go on to become engineers, preferably analog," he says wishfully.
With a better understanding of materials’ response to load and temperature, researchers could potentially use the knowledge to improve design. The research could even help geologists studying plate tectonics.
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