Meet the Class of 2014: Casey Siuniak

Casey SiuniakHometown: Santa Paula, Calif.
Major: Engineering (electrical)

Q: How would you describe your experience at George Fox?

A: I will remember my engineering professors, and how they all were great role models of how to be a Christian in a secular-dominated field. I think that there are many people who believe that Christianity and science do not go together; you can either be a believer of science or a Christian. However, my professors have shown me that is not true – you can be a great physicist, scientist or engineer and still be a strong Christian.

My freshman year roommate, Jessica Spivey, has had a big impact on my life. We have lived together three out of four years during our time here, and I could not have asked for a better friend and roommate. I am so thankful that we were placed together as roommates – otherwise I don’t think we would have ever even become friends. She has been a great example to me of what it is to be a Christian. She is truly one of the most honest, hardworking, Christ-loving, loyal people I have ever met. She has really served as an inspiration to me during my time here, and I believe that she will be a life-long friend, long after Fox.

Q: How have you changed or grown since coming to George Fox?

A: Through my four years of engineering here at Fox, I gained confidence in my abilities. My first semester of freshman year, I had to build an air engine. I had absolutely no confidence that I was going to be able to do it. Each year I was given more projects, and each year I was less and less apprehensive. I think the biggest turning point for me was spring semester of my junior year. It is well known among the electrical engineering students that this semester is the most demanding. We had two different and demanding projects for two engineering classes, and I remember being worried that I wasn’t going to be able to complete either of them. However, just like with all the other projects, they worked in the end. Now, when I am given a project, although I still do not know exactly how it will get done, I have confidence that it will be.

Q: What’s next?

A: I start work July 1 at Lattice Semiconductor in Hillsboro, Ore. I will be working in the Reliability Group. Reliability focuses primarily on ensuring that the parts can perform reliably under extreme circumstances. For example, one of the tests performed is called the HTOL test, which stands for High Temperature Operating Life. The parts are put into an oven that gets really hot and are tested to make sure they can operate at high temperatures. Specifically, I will be working on pattern development, which means I will be writing code that is programmed onto an FPGA (a type of integrated circuit) to test if parts still functioning once they are put under stressful conditions.