Meet our engineers - Morven Duffy

Morven Duffy, a Process Engineer at Intel Ireland, gives a glimpse into her role as an engineer

​International Women in Engineering Day, which is celebrated on June 23rd, is an international awareness campaign to raise the profile of women in engineering and focus attention on the amazing career opportunities available to women and girls in this exciting industry.

At Intel, we value the unique perspectives of every individual. We are committed more than ever to ensuring that we have an inclusive culture everywhere around world. That means creating a sense of belonging and instilling a culture where employees can bring their full experiences and authentic selves to work while enjoying rewarding careers. Engineers play a vital role in the Intel workforce, operating at the heart of our cutting-edge manufacturing and design activities around the world. To coincide with International Women in Engineering Day we caught up with Morven Duffy, a Process Engineer at Intel Ireland.

Morven holds a B.Sc. in Applied Physics from DCU and has been working at Intel for 23 years where she is currently working as a Process Engineer.

What inspired you to decide to become an engineer?
My Dad and Grandad were my biggest inspirations. Grandad built fishing trawlers for a living and Dad was in IT systems design for the civil service before anyone really knew what IT was. He had a laptop back in the late 80s.

I’ve ended up somewhere in the middle of the very practical ‘building things’ of my Grandad, and the pure software side my Dad was in.

I chose Physics in DCU for college. I did a work placement in Intel between 3rd and 4th year of college, came back after, and have never left!

Can you tell us about what is involved in being a process engineer?

We make sure our step of the manufacturing line:

  • Does what it is supposed to
  •  Does it at a reasonable cost
  • Does it at a reasonable speed
  •  Does it all the time (24x7 factory)
  • Does it in a quality manner

It’s a very complex job role, as we basically own everything about our machines. We interact, in some way, with every other department on site. You must understand a little bit about accounting, logistics, materials, finance, software and so on. Every day is different!

What are your main responsibilities?
As I’ve been around for a while now, I am responsible for training and development of the newer engineers in my group. I’m the senior engineer in my toolset group, so whenever there are strange things happening, I’ll be involved in the troubleshooting, often just to guide the others on the best way to approach things. If there is a new system or capability coming into the area, I may be asked to lead the implementation. I don’t have to do the tool owner role described in the previous question every day, but I have to be able to cover for anyone else in the group.

Any interesting projects that you are currently working on?
We are transferring the newest process technology from the development site in Oregon over to our factory in Leixlip this year. I am traveling between Oregon and Ireland regularly to pick up everything we need to get my new machines up and running in Leixlip.

 Who or what was your greatest influence?
I’m not sure, I think there was a lot of luck involved in me ending up in a job that suits me so well. I should give a shout out to the person who was my buddy when I did my work placement - Joe English, who’s now one of our factory managers here in Leixlip. He made sure I got to see the full scope of

the engineering job role in the 6 months of the placement, so I knew how interesting it could be. Not everyone was willing to give that much time and attention to a lowly student.

What skills do you need to become a good engineer?
Curiosity! Good team-working abilities, and unfortunately, you do need to be decent at maths.

What can be done to encourage more people, and in particular young girls, to explore careers in engineering?

My secondary school made all students, regardless of gender, do a term of home economics and a term of either metalwork or woodwork in first year. I’d like to see more mandatory hands-on classes in schools. I don’t think they should be in any way divided by gender. And the aim should be to produce useful or interesting stuff early in the class term. I had a box of different types of wood joint hanging around the parents’ attic for years. Necessary training, for sure, but not exactly something you wanted to show your mates. We were super jealous of the metalwork folks with their keyrings.

What is your favourite thing about your job?
That it is different every day! I couldn’t do the same thing all the time.

 Can you share a fun fact about yourself?
I like metal music. I’ve surprised a few colleagues before when I bump into them at gigs! I’m very interested in Roman history, and a holiday isn’t complete until I’ve found some dusty old ruins to tramp around.

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