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Frank Simpson
Frank Simpson College of San Mateo, A.S., Electronics

Frank Simpson attended other community colleges before he decided that CSM was the best place to study the field that interested him: electronics. Through CSM’s electronics program, Frank learned the theories and applications widely used in the industry. “The hands-on instruction I received at CSM was so valuable because I could apply what I had learned as soon as I was hired as an engineering technician,” says Frank. To finance his education, Frank worked his way through school but managed to successfully balance work and school. He would earn his associate in science degree in electronics, a degree that helped him to launch a 25-year career. “Without that education, I probably could not have secured my position in the field.”

Frank has gone on to work in various aspects of the electronics industry – from consumer electronics to IC (integrated circuit) manufacturing. He is currently a manufacturing engineer with one of the leading providers of power supply solutions for the electronics industry.

Wanting to “return the favor” to CSM, Frank has demonstrated his appreciation.  He contacted his former instructor, Roy Brixen, professor of electronics, and donated electronics components to the program. His donation has enabled CSM students to receive their “hands on” instruction from the very equipment they will find when they work in the industry.