Chief Technical Officer
Chief Technology Officer and would-be mountain man, Shawn O’Rourke, spends his days at dpiX involved in new product and technology development, and heads the CTO office – which includes oversight of the Yield, Test and Reliability Engineering groups. Shawn’s interest in product development has spanned a diverse array of technologies – including bio-chips that could rapidly measure a patient’s blood and wirelessly send the results to your physician, critical components of the F-16 cockpit, conversion of nuclear waste to glass, and flexible displays for next generation electronic devices. Shawn’s work on the latter was noted by Wired magazine as one of the “Top Ten Technology Breakthroughs of 2008.” Prior to becoming interested in flat panel display and semiconductor engineering Shawn was an aspiring audio engineer and spent 5 years as a radio DJ – including 3 years running a radio station as Program Manager and Station Manager. Shawn has a BS in Ceramic Science from Alfred University, a MS in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Washington, and a MBA from Arizona State University.
On the weekends, Shawn can be found mountain biking, hiking, paddle boarding, or snowboarding with his wife and two kids. In the evenings, he spends his time cooking with his daughter, playing Xbox One games with his son and, when the occasion suits, enjoying a glass of red wine with his wife.
The main lessons learned in life: (Before entering working life) “Find the fun in whatever you do. Humor makes you and the people around you more creative.” (At the beginning of his career) “You don’t know as much as you think you do. Listen at least twice as much as you talk.”(Today) “Never start with the intention of writing down three lessons learned, but be sure to proofread it twice before you call it done.”