TitleFehr, Skip (Gerald K.) oral history
|Dennis, Eric, Videographer; Producer|
|Fehr, Gerald K., Interviewee|
|Wadsworth, Duane, Interviewer|
PublisherComputer History Museum
Place of PublicationMountain View, California
DescriptionGrowing up in Iowa as the son of a farmer, Skip Fehr some how figured that his future lay in engineering, not farming. He earned a BS in ceramic engineering from Iowa State in 1959. After spending almost 4 years in the Air Force, Skip returned to Iowa State to earn a PhD.
His first job was at Texas Instruments in 1966, where he joined TI’s packaging group. This group was responsible for TI’s entire semiconductor packaging activities, which TI had completely in house at the time. Three years later, he was off to Intel, who hired him to head up packaging, assembly and final test. This was 1968 and Skip was employee #32.
After ramping up Intel’s backend operations over the next nine years, including expansion to Mexico and Malaysia, Skip moved on to Burroughs Corp, which had a semiconductor facility in the San Diego area. After three years with Burroughs, he found himself back in Northern California, working for a startup, LSI Logic. At the time of the interview, Skip had retired, but was still using his knowledge of assembly and packaging as an expert witness in legal cases.