Old engineering immigrants may be asking themselves, "Would I do it the same way all over again?"
The big difference, he discovered, was that Turkish schools were
excellent at teaching engineering theory; not so strong on practical
application. The U.S. was strong in the latter, he said.
Would he do things differently today?
"If I wanted to be a professor, I would probably stay there, but if
I wanted to do semiconductor design, then this is where it is,"
Doluca said. "You're better off learning it in the U.S."
That said, countries are not standing still either. In Turkey, when
Doluca was leaving to study at Iowa State, there was no
semiconductor industry. Today there are design centers throughout the
country. That's because CEOs realized a decade ago that,
as Doluca said, "not everyone can afford to live in Silicon Valley."
"You can always afford to bring up design centers where there's
pockets of engineering talent. That's what we've done and many other
analog companies have too," Doluca addded.
If that trend continues, those immigrants
that seem to keep coming to Silicon Valley may find
greener pastures and better engineering challenges back home .
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