Frank J. Barone, Eng ’62, Grad ’63
After 40 successful years in the semiconductor business, Frank Barone decided to go back to college. And he’s loving it.
In 2005, Frank joined the faculty of California’s Santa Clara University as an adjunct professor in the graduate school of engineering, where he lectures on systems engineering management. He also chairs the Electrical Engineering Industry Advisory Board and advisory board of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, both at Santa Clara.
“The mental challenge of developing lectures and dealing with students has reinvigorated me to the point where I feel I am back in college,” Frank says. “I enjoy interacting with the young professionals, not only on the subject material, but also with day-to-day problems they encounter on their jobs. And I enjoy the challenge of constantly striving to improve my lectures and keep them engaged.”
Frank held senior executive positions with Advanced Micro Devices, National Semiconductor Corp. and Motorola Inc. He also spent five years as chief operating officer of Vantis Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of Advanced Micro Devices, and has several patents in integrated circuit process technology.
“When I retired from full-time work, I wanted to find a way to share my management experience with young engineers who were just starting out in their careers,” says Frank, whose students attend classes in the morning, then head to work.
Of his own college experience, Frank says, “Marquette gave me a strong foundation in electrical engineering and materials science, but also in ethics, which I found useful both in the world of corporate management and in raising a family.”