Today, I sat down with Paul Elliott.  Here are the results of our 5-minute conversation.

Paul Elliott – Lead Engineer at CEM Corporation

ME: Hi Paul, thanks for taking 5 minutes to introduce yourself to the CEM community.  So where did you grow up?

PAUL:  I grew up in Gastonia, NC. (the largest suburb of Charlotte, NC)

ME: Where do you go to college?

PAUL: UNC Charlotte

ME: What did you get your degree in?

PAUL: I received a bachelors and masters of science in electrical engineering with a focus on MEMS fabrication.

ME: Why did you choose to work at CEM?

PAUL: I wanted the challenge of learning a new industry of applications and technologies and most importantly wanted to stay in the Charlotte area and support a family owned business.

ME: What did you do before coming to CEM?

PAUL: I had worked at a local systems integrator during undergrad and grad school.  Then spent 14 years in microfabrication of optical components.  I was fortunate to be on the next generation products that were attracting acquiring companies.  Our team went through three acquisitions (Digital Optics Corp, Tessera and finally FLIR).  I had developed processes and managed projects ranging from Intracranial Pressure transducers to multilayer lens stacks for imaging in visible and IR.

ME: What are you working on?

PAUL: I’m living on the EDGE (queue Aerosmith soundtrack).  We had several R&D projects at the onset, but now I’m 100% focused on helping the team make the best EDGE we can.

ME: What do you do for fun?

PAUL: I am busy with Dad activities like soccer, basketball, bicycling and fishing.   I lead the men of HOPE in school-related support and weekly studies and spend a little time on honing my BBQ smoking abilities.

ME: Beach or Mountains?

PAUL: Mountains, specifically flat water kayaking the New River in the Jefferson area.

Check Paul out on his LinkedIn page to learn more about him.

That’s it.  Five minutes with Paul Elliott.

Thanks, Paul!