Seagate hosts Tech Experience Tour for students from Johnson Aerospace & Engineering High School

Seagate/Johnson HS Tech Experience Tour
June 27, 2017

On Friday, May 19, Seagate partnered with the Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA) to provide a unique Tech Experience Tour for 27 high school students from Johnson Aerospace & Engineering High School in St. Paul. These bright and engaging students, who are interested in exploring Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) careers, spent 4 hours on-site learning about the storage industry and high tech manufacturing.

The budding STEM professionals were provided a Seagate overview by Brian Burns, VP of Wafer Operations, before exploring the Wafer Manufacturing tour isle with David Robinson, Managing Principal Engineer in NRM Sustaining Engineering. David introduced the students to high tech equipment, cleanroom operations, and the complexity of manufacturing leading edge technology.

Seagate employees and students small group discussion

Seagate employees and Johnson Aerospace & Engineering High School students in a small group discussion

The students also participated in small group panel sessions with Seagate employees from many backgrounds including IT, Process Development, Facilities Management, Equipment Maintenance, Metrology Test and Development, and Reliability Testing. These sessions involved animated discussions between the students and employees that lasted beyond the time provided.

Joy Wu, an engineer in Slider Development Engineering, was part of the panel discussions and said, “I really enjoyed great discussions with a diverse group of intelligent, curious and fun young peers. It is encouraging to see how much these high school students are excited about their possible future in science and technology. In the meantime, my viewpoints are also enriched by their endless curiosity about our processes and innovations.”

A number of Seagate employees participated, including:

Katie Staub Engineering Director
Brian Burns VP of Wafer Operations
David Robinson Managing Principle Engineer
Robynn Jenson Engineering Manager
Zhuoyuan (Joy) Wu Development Engineer
Si Chen Development Engineer
Nick Michalek Engineering Technician
Dan Michels IT Director
Jonathon Chaffee Engineering Technician
Peter Wentzel Facilities Director
Vladimir Makarov Development Engineer
Chris Tourek Development Engineer
Danai Kao Maintenance Manager
Dan McShan Project Manager


Research shows that the most effective encouragement for students to pursue a STEM career is the opportunity to meet and interact with a STEM professional. Tours, such as these, help Seagate foster the next generation of STEM professionals.

For more information on Tech Experience Tours, visit If you’re interested in hosting a future tour, please contact Tim Barrett, MHTA’s Director of STEM Education and Workforce Development at

If you’re a STEM educator looking to connect with a business, be sure to also visit our get STEM Minnesota website at


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