Project management wisdom from practitioners and the UCSC Extension in Silicon Valley
Erica Brand has over 15 years of experience as a project manager for innovative hardware, software, and combined systems in high tech environments. At Telegent Systems she manages complex, high-budget ($2M-$10M) chip design through the product lifecycle. Her broad experience includes working as a Program Management Director at EDA supplier Cadence Design Systems supporting semiconductor companies designing with aggressive techniques, process nodes, and development cycles. Her work at Cadence also included managing consolidation customer partnership across the company’s entire portfolio. She started in Cadence’s DFM organization back in 2005, where she published article and white papers on DFM and chip design at 45nm. Prior to joining Cadence, Erica worked at PMC-Sierra and start-up Quantum Effect Design where she managed custom layout, process migration and tapeout (release to manufacturing) efforts for microprocessors. Erica worked as a liaison for QED and multiple foundry and EDA vendors. She also worked on internal tool development and deployment. Erica is a PMP certified Sr. Program Manager and holds a B.S. from MIT and an M.S. from Stanford University.