Academic or industrial?

At the end of every STEM PhD is a fork in the road: academic or industrial?  Intel Senior Fellow in Strategic Finance Brendan Traw will explore the value of a PhD as the starting point for a successful industrial career.

Reflecting on his own experiences over 25 years at Intel in the United States, in roles spanning software abstraction, security and platform infrastructure, Brendan will examine the intersections and points of divergence between his PhD in computer science, and the industry he moved into. 

A pragmatic and insightful talk for anyone pursuing their PhD in computer science, thinking about a PhD or contemplating a transition to industry.


About Brendan Traw

Traw joined Intel in 1995, and works applying his systems architecture expertise to solve challenges at the intersection of technology and business.

Before assuming his current role in 2019, Traw lead efforts on software abstraction, security pathfinding, establishing consistent platform capabilities, exposing platform capabilities as web services. He spent nearly seven years as Chief Technology Officer for Intel’s digital home business.

He has delivered solutions for protecting entertainment content including the Digital Transmission Content Protection specification, the basis for content protection in digital home networks. His work on this alongside partners was recognised with a technical Emmy.

Traw and his team also developed additional content protection solutions for BluRay/HDDVD, recordable DVD, DVD-Audio, SDcard, and the DVI and HDMI display interfaces.

His technical leadership in software and services architecture, cryptography, networking and content protection has made him a recognised expert across the computing, consumer electronics and content industries.

He has published numerous papers, and holds 34 patents in content protection, system architecture and network security, with additional patents pending.

Traw holds a Bachelor and Masters in electrical engineering, a second Masters degree in computer information science, and a PhD in computer information science, all from the University of Pennsylvania.

Date & time

12–1pm 11 Mar 2020


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