Celebrating a Decade of Unrelenting Dedication to Great Product Design
In 2008, we opened our doors with the goal of building a full-service design and engineering company. With some ups and downs, we have become the company our founders envisioned and are now celebrating our first #DecadeofDesign.
IPS’ celebration interviews showcase personal, fun and thoughtful stories from some of IPS’ longest tenured employees. The series gives an inside look from the people that represent the values and dedication that have served as a cornerstone our first decade.
Questions: Celebration Series Doreen Swift
- What is your name?
2. What is your position at IPS?
Principal Electrical Engineer
- How long have you worked at IPS?
>8ish years (I was a contractor prior to 2010)
- What was your first contact with IPS?
I applied for a job via Monster.com by accident. IPS was looking for a FT Senior Engineer. I was re-entering the workforce after a 12 year leave and was initially looking for a PT position to help me shake of the technical rust. Mitch followed up with a phone call and suggested I come in for an interview (after I had told him I wasn’t qualified for the position 😊). I interviewed with Carl Meshenberg who was willing to take a chance on. The rest is history.
- What was the product design field like when you first got started working with IPS?
Stressful and thrilling. I was assigned to the Motorola HMC/HC1 program which was a multidisciplinary, complicated design. I was thrown head first into the water.
- What were some of the main challenges for you over the time you’ve worked at IPS?
Catching up with technology after my leave.
- Looking back, what changes in the industry and IPS have you seen over those years?
The industry seems to demand shorter design cycles with much less capital. This may be due to the hobbyist industry and the availability of eval boards. Although these are great for de-risking pieces of a design and for proof of concepts, the transition to a reliably working product is complicated. It can be challenging to align the expectations of potential customers as to level of effort required for the transition from proof of concept design to product.
- From your perspective, what would you say are IPS’ greatest accomplishments over the years?
IPS has maintained a cohesive, family type environment as it has grown. IPS places high value on relationships with customers and between coworkers, alike. It is with hard work, collaboration, and laughter that we are able to design some astounding products. As with all families, the team members won’t always agree, but with respect and admiration, we resolve our disagreements. I believe this is what distinguishes us from other companies.
- Please share one memory of a funny situation/scenario that you’ve encountered, thanks to IPS, over the last 10 years.
Coming up blank on this (or I cannot share).
- Describe what IPS means to you, on a personal level, in 15 words or less
It is my extreme privilege to work with so many talented engineers.