Home' Technology Review : January February 2009 Contents Growing up in Mumbai, India, Arvind Salian epitomized
"happy go lucky." The youngest of four children in a mid-
dle-class family, Salian studied just enough to make decent
grades, but he much preferred being outdoors, playing sports with
the neighborhood kids. His mother and sisters were constantly on
his case, making sure he did his homework.
But at age 20, everything changed. Salian su ered a serious injury
while playing soccer. It left him bedridden for several months, and
the former athlete had to learn how to walk again.
"The feeling of helplessness and not having achieved anything of
significance in my life in spite of having been given every opportu-
nity by my family forced me to look at things di erently," he says.
Upon his recovery, Salian enrolled at the Gogte Institute of Tech-
nology at Karnatak University in India and earned his bachelor's
degree in engineering. Then, at age 23, he made a solo journey to the United States to continue his pursuit of higher education.
Today, with two master's degrees, a PhD, and five patents under his belt, this PE manager at Freescale Semiconductor has found
success on an entirely new playing field.
In Freescale's Sensor and Actuators Solutions Division, Salian manages a 12-member product engineering team to meet new
product introduction (NPI) deliverables targeted for auto markets. It's a job that requires an in-depth understanding of what makes
a product commercially successful, from its design and function to its pricing and marketability.
Salian's supervisor, Mike Cheperak, puts it this way: "Automotive NPI is largely about systems on chip (SOC) and system solutions
in general. As the component manufacturers add more content to our products, the value of these features must be understood not
only from an applications perspective---to design, validate, and test---but also from an engineering perspective. Arvind's input and
understanding of the business models have helped the marketing teams to accurately price and promote products. Additionally, his
understanding of our customers' road maps and strategies has improved our ability to add value to our new products."
Job Title: Automotive New
Production Introduction PE
Graduate Programs: MBA,
Arizona State University, 2006;
PhD, electrical engineering,
University of Michigan, 2001; MS, electrical engineering, University of
Arkansas, 1993; BS, engineering, Karnatak University, India, 1990.
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