Teddy Tablante

Teddy likes to understand how things work. One might say he is curious all the way down. How does a car work? How do smartphones work? What is light? Not satisfied with quick explanations or a simplified 6 minute video. Teddy got hooked on learning new things on YouTube, however he always felt explanations of complex concepts were generally over simplified. When he sees a video of “How do Microchips Work?” with a 6 minute duration wherein all they talk about is how a simple transistors works, he shakes his head and think That’s like explaining how humans work by detailing the functions of nucleotides.

To better understand the world, Teddy studied as an electrical & mechanical engineer and joined a company that designs and builds ion implanters. These are garage sized machines that are used to manufacture microchips. Imagine a microchip as a massive multilayered labyrinth with walls just 13 nanometers wide, 20 or so floors tall, and the overall size of your thumbnail. The bottom 5 floors of the labyrinth-like microchips are built by using a stencil and spray paint. The stencil is a stepper tool (garage sized and costs $50 million/ea) that uses photolithography while the spray paint is an ion implanter (garage sized and costs $6 million/ea). The top 15 floors are built with a dozen or so other tools, and some of those tools are used on the bottom 5 floors as well.

Teddy left semiconductors to pursue Branch Education. His goal is to teach others the details and intricacies of engineering with hopes to inspire them to be engineers as well!

On the side, Teddy enjoys Lindy Hop Social Dancing, Inner Tube Water Polo, Glass Blowing, and Board games.

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