Greg Lavender BS ’83 grew up in a tech-savvy dwelling. His father taught him about computer systems at an early age. In elementary faculty, he discovered about mainframe computer systems by way of his father’s work. He was impressed by nice scientists as a baby, discovered to program on the age of 14, and constructed his first microcomputer—all earlier than graduating from highschool.
“From a younger age I used to be concerned about science and good at arithmetic,” says Lavender. “I used to be all the time studying, and considered one of my favourite books was The Mad Scientists’ Membership.”
His curiosity and need to know how issues labored has served Lavender properly. After incomes a level in laptop science at UGA, he earned grasp’s and doctoral levels at Virginia Tech.
Lavender’s resume consists of highlights equivalent to a community software program engineer after graduating from UGA, 14 years on the College of Texas-Austin, co-founder of two tech startups, and senior roles at varied Silicon Valley firms.
His present position is the chief expertise officer and senior vp and normal supervisor of the Software program and Superior Know-how Group at Intel.
Lavender won’t have grown as much as be a mad scientist, however he jokes that supervising 20,000 workers across the globe is usually a bit loopy typically. The worldwide staff’s work consists of Intel’s world-class Analysis Labs, which incorporates tasks in quantum computing, synthetic intelligence, and safety.
“I’ve all the time labored in superior analysis and growth—the forefront of expertise,” says Lavender. “I encourage folks to all the time be taught one thing new, purchase new expertise, and work on one thing that’s bleeding edge. Don’t linger in your consolation zone as a result of issues will change in a short time.”
Lavender derives as a lot satisfaction from mentoring his workers as he does from the technical elements of his job.
“I take pleasure in being at a world firm like Intel due to the breadth and depth of expertise, the variety of individuals and concepts, and difficult technical issues. Innovation comes when folks can look into the long run and create new applied sciences that permit us to be extra productive as people and as a world society,” he says.
Lavender credit his UGA professors, Jeffrey W. Smith, affiliate professor emeritus within the Division of Pc Science, and B. J. Ball, a late professor of arithmetic, as the 2 individuals who suggested him and helped set the stage for his profession.
“I’ve been very lucky in my life and profession of being round actually good folks,” says Lavender, who provides again by way of endowed scholarships and fellowships at a number of establishments, together with one named for Smith at UGA.
“The success I’ve had in my profession, I attribute to having had nice mentors who took the time to encourage me.”