Alumni Kristi Butler graduated in 2011 and went to Arizona State University. While in high school Butler played tennis and took AP classes.
What have you done after high school?
“I graduated from Arizona State University with a B.S.E in Electrical Engineering and a B.A. in English Literature,” Butler said. “I worked at a small automation/robotics startup in Phoenix, AZ in college. In that job I programmed robots in clean rooms, and had my first taste of creating a real product from scratch. After that, I got an internship at Intel that was more computer science heavy. There I worked in a lab all day, and got to work with the bleeding edge processors Intel had coming out. From there, I got a different Intel internship that was more business/marketing heavy, so I got to experience a completely different side of the industry.”
What made you want to do what you are doing now?
“I was never the best at math or science, but the challenge was the best part,” Butler said. “I love to be challenged, and the career outlook post-college kept me going through the many difficult labs, all-day study sessions, and tests that had averages of 20%.”
What did you learn or experience in high school affect you in college and beyond?
“I learned it’s okay not to have many friends, and to focus on goals,” Butler said. “I was certainly not popular, or even close. But, those are the times I got to focus on me, and what I wanted out of life. I knew I wanted to move to new places, and immerse myself in a diverse crowd of people.”
Explain your job now, what you are doing, different aspects of your job.
“I’ve been working at Intel for the past 3 years, currently I’m the West Coast Enterprise Solutions Specialist,” Butler said. “The thing I like most about my job is I get to travel about once every two weeks to meet with our biggest end-user customers, and help solve technical problems. It’s a great balance of interacting with new people and places, while still getting my hands dirty in technology.”
What are your plans for the future?
“I would like to get an MBA, and discover even more about the business side of the tech industry,” Butler said.
What is your advice to current high schoolers?
“I would advise every graduate to go to an out-of-state college,” Butler said. “I’ve experienced lots of things across the United States; trust me it’s worth seeing.”