February 2021

A Conversation with Patrick Kane

Patrick Kane

Director, Infineon University Alliance


The Basics

How many years have you been with your current company? 14+ years

First job? Advanced Micro Devices (In Tech)

Where were you born? Racine, WI

Where did you grow up? Same


Corporate Perspective

What is your corporation doing to ease the pain for universities during online learning?

We are donating kits where needed and have presented several virtual hands-on PSoC workshops in 2020. We expect to continue virtual workshops in 2021.


What are your future plans to assist in virtual learning, knowing it will be around for the foreseeable future?  

Create online, on-demand, learning materials for education in the areas of Embedded, IoT, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML) and others. Many of these will be certificated courses.


What has been your personal or your company’s biggest challenge, or most significant achievement since the pandemic?

I would say the biggest achievement was having several Infineon colleagues remotely create and make available a 3-D printable ventilator using Infineon electronics and sensors.



What do you want the academic community to know or understand about your company?

Infineon is the world’s eighth largest semiconductor company with over 45,000 employees. One of Infineon’s core values is to “foster cultural inclusiveness where individuals are respected and diversity is cherished.” Cypress officially became a part of Infineon on April 16, 2020. As the Cypress University Alliance has stood with academia since 2006, the Infineon University Alliance will continue that legacy.


If you had to choose another profession, what would you choose?



Was there a defining moment in your life that made you choose ECE as a profession?

Perhaps when I built my first Heath Kit radio in eight-grade. I have always been a tinkerer.


Beyond the Desk

If there is one thing I learned in life, it’s…

when one door is closing, another one is opening.