Francis has always had a deep interest in electronics and began developing his passion as early as high school, entering competitions and tinkering as a roboticist. With advanced degrees from UCLA in computer science and electrical engineering, and a master’s focused on digital signals and circuit systems, Francis gained extensive hands-on experience at a startup before joining Synaptics.
While Francis does attend weekly architecture meetings at Synaptics, much of his time is spent as an individual contributor to Software and Firmware Teams developing touchpad systems. It’s his job to understand every aspect of a system to ensure individual components function in concert smoothly to create a flawless and reliable whole.
“As a contribution to the world, human-interfaces are expanding, and we need more and more of them, so there’s a very bright opportunity for everyone working here.”
“When I did my interview, I had to create an hour-long presentation for a project I had worked on. My biggest advice for interviewing and succeeding in an architecture role is to build a solid presentation with highly technical details.”