Name: Ting-li Yang, Former IBM Intern
School: National Taiwan University
What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
An IBM colleague once told me, “Innovation results from continued thinking.” I’ve made it my life motto for everything I do – THINK.
Ting-li, how did you merge your Taiwanese culture with the Japanese culture during your internship at IBM Research Japan? What advice would you give others working cross-culturally in a professional setting?
We live in a global era — whether you are willing or not, the world around you now encompasses multiple cultures. Two common phrases have helped me think and work cross-culturally. First, “Always keep your mind open,” and second, “When in Rome, do as the Romans do.” These are two simple, yet necessary concepts that every professional must exhibit to work globally.
What was your favorite project you worked on during your internship?
My favorite project during my internship was development and evaluation of novel Injection Molded Solder (IMS) technology, which is a very powerful technology for solder bumping, especially for future micro-bumping of fine-pitch in 3D IC applications.
IBM Research is working to improve the technology to reduce solder bumping costs and process steps. Compared with conventional solder bumping technology, such as electroplating and solder paste screening, new IMS bumping technology is being developed that eliminates the transfer for multiple solder sizes, creates versatility-various solder alloy composition scans to be chosen and used, and most importantly, the new IMS uses no hazardous gases or chemicals, minimum solder waste, no flux and no formic acid is needed.
What innovator do you most admire? Why?
I admire Morris Chang, Founding Chairman of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC). In Taiwan, he is often called the “Father of Semiconductor.” Chang successfully developed a brand new business model and strategy, Foundry, in the worldwide semiconductor industry. Most importantly, I admire his degree of concentration, passion and self-discipline.