Shailesh Moolya MS ’07
UW Majors: Electrical and Computer Engineering
Age: 36 | Silicon Valley
Principal Application Engineer, Cadence Design Systems
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
The best advice I received was from my parents, stay humble and be focused. Whatever you achieve in life be happy with it and focus on the goals you want to achieve. Know your roots yet always think forward.
What are you reading now?
Sacred Hoops: Spiritual Lessons of a Hardwood Warrior by Phil Jackson
What occupies your free time?
Reading about current events and politics. I also like to hit the gym or for a quick run once in a while. I watch a lot of national and international web series mainly on themes of fantasy, drama, crime and science fiction. On the weekends, I like to go on hiking trails and try out new cuisines.
What was your first job?
When I was 19 years old I had an internship in computer hardware. I would repair hardboards, assemble desktops and motherboards.
Tell me something about your last job, other than money, that would have inspired you to keep working there.
I worked for a small technical company that got acquired by a larger company. The original team was small, the people were nice and focused. After the acquisition, the directions and projections kept changing. I stayed at the company for 3 years and learned a lot. I would have stayed if we had better direction from management, a stable plan for how to remain and expand in the market.
What’s the most interesting thing about you that we wouldn’t learn from your resume alone?
I love to travel and I enjoy food. When I travel locally and internationally I like to learn the food and the culture. Last year, I went to Iceland in summer and learned the Nordic culture. Later, visited New York to explore the city and then to Mexico to know more on the mayan history. This fall I visited western European countries and enjoyed each city by mingling with locals, visiting the monuments, trying to learn their language and the local food. It is a great break from my normal routine that I enjoy.
When have you been most satisfied in your life?
I was most satisfied when my wife and I purchased our house in the Bay Area. We always had a dream and this was out first major purchase post our marriage. We found what we were looking for and I now have a lot of respect for equity.
Tell me about a project or accomplishment that you consider the most significant in your career.
This was a few years ago when I worked for Qualcomm, a company that designs cell phone chips. We were working with a third party vendor to help design a better chip. There were a lot of challenges and the third party vendor couldn’t help. I developed a new methodology and worked directly with our internal chip lead from the initial specification to the validation and testing stage to final deployment. We ended up coming very close to the original goal of what we wanted to achieve. For working on this new methodology, I received a Qualstar certificate and spoke about our success at the Mentor User2User conference.
What type of leader inspires you?
A leader that has strong orator skills, conviction, futuristic, can empower others such as Barack Obama, Dr Abdul Kalam, Angela Merkel, Steve Jobs, Mother Teresa, Elon Musk knows exactly what they’re talking about, connected to people and preach non-violence versus hatred speeches.