Michael Gauthier Talks on the Avionics Market

Michael Gauthier Talks on the Avionics Market

Can you introduce yourself and explain what you do? My full French name is Jean-Michel Clairis-Gauthier, but since I live in the US, I often go by a shorter version: Michael Gauthier is easier for Americans to understand. I am currently Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Customer Support at a company that designs and manufactures avionics equipment. That means electronic equipment for aircraft. These computers provide the pilots with safety features to make sure your flight departs and lands on time and is safe though the way. In my current company we provide computers and sensors that detect potential collision with the ground (mountains) or with other aircraft. Our equipment fly all over the world and save lives very often without the passenger even noticing it (the pilots get warnings and are able to avoid accidents before they happen!) Before working at ACSS, where did you work? I was working in France in a company that was making the same type of equipment. When did you make the change from engineering plane software in the avionics market to selling it? I always wanted to work in aviation. First I wanted to be pilot like many other kids, but I was also really interested in engineering. How do things work? How can a 400 ton piece of metal fly in the air, etc? I finally chose to study aerospace engineering; however, quickly after entering my engineering college, I realized that I was more attracted by the business aspect of aerospace. Therefore, after my aerospace engineering degree, I continued my studies in business with a Masters degree in business. Then I started working in an avionics company, doing customer support and sales. I was...
Interview with Yamini Patel a Sr. Research Scientist at CP Kelco San Diego

Interview with Yamini Patel a Sr. Research Scientist at CP Kelco San Diego

For today’s interview, we thought we’d talk to Yamini Patel, who has been a research scientist at CP Kelco San Diego for over 25 years. What did you always want to be when you were younger? “The honest answer would be, I did not know. Being a girl in India, you just go and do whatever people want you to do. My interest was more in music at the time. I wanted to go to a music school but, it was my mom that told me to aim for a science degree. So, she was really on top of that for my science undergraduate degree. And then, for graduate school to get my masters in science, she was the main person to push me.” Would you, if you could go back in the past, take on music? “I mean, I have always loved to learn and so I would if I could, I would take music classes in classical singing and see where that takes me. When I see someone singing onstage, it makes me think that I could have been that person. When I think logically, however, I am glad that I became a research scientist because of the opportunity it has opened up for me.” Since your own mother played a huge influence on your current career, would you do the same for your own children? “I wouldn’t force them to do one or the other thing. I would let them follow their passion and explore. In the scenario before, if I had gone into music, maybe in a couple years I would’ve realized there is much...