Physics Alumnus Charles S. Whyte (1974)
Charles S. Whyte graduated in 1974 in Physics at Strathclyde and is currently Senior Director at SanDisk Corporation in California
After graduating from Strathclyde in 1974, I taught Physics at a high school in Edinburgh for two years, worked in the X-Ray equipment industry for two years, obtained a Masters Degree in Microelectronic design in 1980 and emigrated to California to work in the semiconductor device manufacturing industry where I remain to this day. I am currently responsible for process control in all SanDisk manufacturing sites in Asia and have responsibilities for compliance to industry standards.
I chose physics fortwo reasons: It appeared to be the most difficult degree to obtain; and I was rather good at physics at school. I had no idea what I was going to do with my life but I believe that having a degree in physics would prepare me for almost anything. Physics trains your mind to be analytical and creative in solving problems, which has been invaluable in the work that I have done for the last 26 years in Silicon Valley. I enjoyed almost everything about my time at Strathclyde. (Except the Glasgow weather!)
I have many interests away from work. I have played soccer, rugby, and squash at competitive levels and I still keep active through endurance cycling. I also still perform occasionally as a singer/guitarist at wineries in California.