In this series, recent grads share their journey to landing that first job out of college. After years of studying and working toward a degree, these Panthers’ hard work paid off. Now they’re paying it forward by letting you know how they did it.

Twin sisters Laura Coronado and Natalia Coronado graduated from FIU with bachelors’ degrees in computer engineering. Now, the Coronado sisters are both working for Intel.

Even though they work in two different Intel campuses in California – Laura is based in San Jose and Natalia works in Folsom – the two sisters communicate daily and visit one another every other weekend. “We get to sightsee the wonders of California, together,” said the Coronado sisters.

What is your title?

L: I am a product marketing engineer.

N: I am a SoC (System on Chip) design engineer.

What does a day on the job look like?

L: Every day is a little different. Some days, I have to work at the lab debugging and doing the verification of our boards, meaning I have to check if everything in the boards works as it’s supposed to and, if not, fix it or figure out how it can be fixed. If time permits, I go for a coffee break with a friend or a person I want to get to know better. These little breaks help me relax and give me a boost when I get back to my task.

N: I arrive at the office and right away check my email, look at my calendar for meetings and make a to-do list. I read and write micro-architecture specifications and implement the design using SystemVerilog, a hardware language. I do simulation-based debug and verification. I use SystemRDL language for the design of IP (intellectual property), which helps with reusability during the development of complex digital systems. At Intel, every day brings something new!

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