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