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AJ Incorvaia

Senior Vice President, Electronic Board Systems, Electronic Design Automation

Originally from: Born and raised in New York, US.

Currently based: West of Boston, Massachusetts, US.

Education: Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Rochester Institute of Technology, and a Master of Science in Computer Science and Software Engineering from George Mason University.

Siemens tenure: Joined Mentor Graphics in 2014 with over 30 years of industry experience.

Leading edge technology: One of the cool things about working in this industry is our ability to work with amazing customers and to be able to be part of their product creation cycle. The EDA industry is always changing and is always on the leading edge and that is because our customers drive us there. We should all be very proud of our participation in this industry and the cycle of innovation.

Small but mighty: My team is full of incredibly talented individuals, whether on the software side or the customer-facing side of the organization. The EBS team is a relatively small group and we have still been able to create some amazing products – the fact that we have the number one position in the industry in our particular segment speaks volumes to the capability of the developers and other team members in our organization.

Open culture: Coming into an established company through an acquisition gives me a unique perspective – culturally I think it’s a very open organization and very transparent in the sense that people in other groups are easy to work with. We all have the same goal in mind – to build the best technology to help make our customers successful.  When we came into this organization, we already had that mentality at Mentor, and it was well-aligned with the existing culture at Siemens Digital Industries Software.

Lessons learned: Never stop trying – there are going to be ups and downs in every job and it’s important to stay focused on what your passion is and pursue your passion. Don’t let the little bumps in the road throw you off course and derail you from your goals.

Computer geek: Being a software developer, I would have to point to the computer as an innovation that inspires me from history.  I don’t know what I would have done if I had lived before the age of computers. Now, I’m excited to see where we can take artificial intelligence and machine learning. As we start to make use of this technology in our products, I think it's going to be interesting to see in the next 5 to 10 years where that goes and how it helps us to develop better tools.