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young, and a few were
engineers at Boeing, while
others demonstrated the
everyday practicality of
engineering by constantly
working on their cars. While
his parents worked in food
service rather than engineering, both reinforced the
importance of math and
science. "My dad taught me
integers on a chalkboard
when I was four or five years
old," recalls Reed. "We even
used to do math problems on
paper while we were sitting at
church. Both my parents
emphasized how important it
was to do well in school."
Reed took the lessons to
heart, and when he arrived in
Utah to enroll as an undergraduate at Brigham Young
University, he had a pretty clear
idea about how he wanted to
spend his time. "I was looking
through the majors and asking
myself, 'OK, what has to do
with physics and math?'"
recalls Reed, who earned his BS
in electrical engineering with a
minor in math. Already
involved with MMIC design as
an undergraduate, Reed
wondered what his next step
should be after graduation. A
BYU professor who had done
similar work suggested he look
into the electrical engineering
PhD program at the University of California, Santa
Barbara (UCSB).
Though Reed ultimately
flourished at UCSB - earning
both a master's and a doctorate
and even designing an MMIC
that was able to generate more
power for its size than any
before - he got off to a rough
start. "In electromagnetics class
in my first semester, I was
struggling. In the first midterm,
I got a 35 out of 100 and I
thought I would have to go
home," he recalls. "But it turned
out that the average was a 31.
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Sometimes when you struggle,
you don't realize that you're not
that different from everyone
else who is struggling too."
Reed's success in school
was aided in part by his
involvement with the school's
AISES Chapter. Reed had
grown up far away from the
Hopi Reservation in Arizona,
but he had spent time there as
a kid. At UCSB, the sense of
community he felt among
fellow AISES students helped
him persevere through the
inevitable challenging times. "I
felt a camaraderie with all the
Native people at school," he
says. "That kind of support
from friends can be the
difference between staying in
school to get a degree or
getting discouraged and
dropping out."
Since joining Raytheon in
2013, Reed has continued to
work hard to help Native
students interested in STEM
careers. His efforts have led
Raytheon to engage with local
Native student communities in
Boston. He is eager to talk to
students about the many
advantages of joining Raytheon
- or of pursuing a STEM
career generally.
Though Reed is highly
satisfied with his work at
Raytheon, he sees his career at
the company potentially using
IC technology to help deliver
power to rural communities,
including tribes. At Raytheon,
he has successfully garnered
grants to support his research
and is hoping to get funding
to look into technologies that
enable more effective remote
power delivery and microgrids. "Having MMIC design
as part of my career is going
to continue," he says. "But one
of my goals is to continue to
obtain research dollars and
work on R&D that will benefit
humanity and the tribes."

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