STEM Woman Leader of the Day- Diane Bryant (Intel)
Submitted by Tommy Cornelis on October 22, 2012
Diane M. Bryant is vice president and general manager of Intel Corporation’s Datacenter and Connected Systems Group which generated over $10B revenue in 2011. Bryant was corporate vice president and Chief Information Officer (CIO) of Intel Corporation. and the general manager of the Server Platforms Group. In her 27 years at Intel, she has also run the Corporate Platform Office and was Director of Engineering. Bryant received her bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from U.C. Davis in 1985 and joined Intel the same year. She earned an Executive MBA from Stanford and holds four U.S. Patents.
Why do you believe STEM Education and Workforce are important to our nation?
Innovation is the lifeblood of a corporation like Intel, and it is fed in large part by careers stemming from a science and math foundation. Without this talent, our country’s ability to both create and retain good-paying jobs in the United States, and by extension compete in the global business market, is threatened.
What about STEM gives you passion?
My personal story in a nutshell is that finding engineering changed the trajectory of my life. I was without real direction, thinking my ‘career’ was likely to be a hair stylist, when a chance comment by a community college classmate about engineering paying well set me on my path. I ultimately joined Intel, and every single day since has been both challenging and inspiring. I would love to introduce other people, beginning with our nation’s youth, to the incredible stimulation that my teams and I feel when we embrace new challenges with engineering principles and solve them.
How is your company innovating to promote STEM?
Intel invests around $100 million each year in programs supporting STEM. That’s certainly a lot of money, but Intel does so much more than write a check. We have an organization within Intel devoted to supporting these programs, and we bring the passion of more than 100,000 Intel employees around the world as volunteers. Programs Intel supports include:
- Annually sponsoring two of the world’s largest, most prestigious pre-college science and engineering competitions: The Intel Science Talent Search and the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. Intel sponsors these activities to recognize and reward bright young innovators and to get the attention of other youth, inspiring them to engage in math and science pursuits.
- Intel is active with FIRST Robotics, which motivates young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology, and engineering. Both of these activities offer youth real-world, hands-on experience with science and engineering, which we know improves the likelihood that they’ll get hooked on subjects and pursue them in college and beyond.
What can we do to assure more women leaders in STEM?
The solution is both complex and simple. It is complex because it is long-term: we need to first get women into the career itself. Intel recently conducted a survey ofUSteens to determine what their knowledge and interest levels were of engineering as a career. We found a number of things that parents and teachers can do to get them engaged, from explaining what an engineer actually does in her job to explaining the impact it has on people and the world around us. We found that to engage girls, particularly, this aspect of being able to create goodness through this career, was most effective. Once they’re engaged, though, our job is not finished. We need to hold their interest through college; we can’t sugarcoat the fact that engineering is a challenging major. We need to establish that getting through engineering school, like through medical school, ultimately brings great reward in the form of a career that is intellectually stimulating. Then, when women join the engineering workforce, we need to provide them mentors to help them be successful. Though it takes the dedication of others, it is the simple part, because by then they are happy putting those hard-won skills to work, and just need help navigating.