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Catherine (Trammell) Bermudez '02
Posted 01/27/2014 10:00AM

UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE/UNIVERSITY: B.S. Computer Engineering, Tufts University

GRADUATE DEGREE/UNIVERSITY:  M.S. Electrical & Computer Engineering, Cornell University

CURRENTLY: CPU Design Engineer, NVIDIA

"One thing I learned at York was there is no 'right' path." 

"My journey after high school took me for seven years through Boston, Ithaca, and London, where I spent a wonderful junior year abroad, seeing much of Europe and the UK. I started pursuing a PhD at Cornell, but quickly realized it wasn't for me. I left with a master's, decided heavy winter jackets should really only be used when careening down a mountain on a snowboard, and brought the man I would eventually marry out to the Bay area, where we've lived happily for five years now. We bought a condo in San Jose, adopted a black lab mix puppy, and lead fairly typical, though far from boring, lives as Silicon Valley engineers.

I never once regretted my decision to not pursue a doctorate. One thing I learned at York was there is no "right" path. We are all unique individuals who will gain happiness and meaning in our lives in vastly different ways. I discovered a lot about what inspires me while in high school, and every year I discover something new. So far, that list includes spending time with friends and family, traveling, reducing my footprint on the environment, taking online classes in the endless pursuit of knowledge, eating good food, playing music, playing soccer, wine tasting, hiking/backpacking, and above all, trying all the new things the world has to offer.

During my time at York I gained two important things that helped shape my career: 1) the solid foundation I needed to succeed in it, and 2) the perspective to not let my life be defined by it. I love designing computer hardware and I'm grateful to have found a career path that challenges me and allows me to contribute something useful to society... but I also hope that my true successes in life will come when the laptop is put away."

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