ECE Alumni Spotlight Archive
Excerpt from “Finding Their Way”
Banafsheh Hadizonooz (EE ’04)
Patience and curiosity have played key roles in Banafsheh’s career progression in industry and government.
“I got to where I am today partly because I never stopped looking for a job after graduation. During my senior year, I met representatives from Consolidated Edison, a major energy supplier in New York, at the ENG Career Fair and later interviewed with them at our Career Development Office. Six months later – out of the blue – they called me back for an interview in New York and offered me a position as a management associate in their leadership development program. That experience taught me to be patient and never lose hope.
After a year, I moved to Washington, D.C., to work as a patent examiner for the Patent and Trademark Office, an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce. When I saw the position at a career fair, I knew nothing about the Patent and Trademark Office but was open to learning about it. My job is to read a patent application, try to understand the invention, figure out if it is an original idea, and write an explanation of our decision. I had no idea about all of the different inventions out there. I love reading about these new ideas and, using my engineering background, understanding what they’re talking about.
Coming from an engineering school, I really developed a specific way of approaching problems and it has really helped me in my career. I also realized networking definitely plays a huge role, and when you meet with a company representative, you always need to follow up. The more enthusiastic you are, the better your chances of getting the position.”
-Jason L. London
BU College of Engineering Magazine, Fall 2009