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Shiwei (Tom) Mao
Electrical Engineer

Tom knew he wanted to be an engineer as soon as he saw Ironman. It was the first superhero movie he’d seen that had an engineer protagonist and portrayed intelligence as cool.

Years later, Tom now specializes in power electronics. For Tom, product design is an exciting challenge, and he appreciates the opportunity to learn new things as technology evolves. He enjoys pushing through a project, finally seeing the design work as intended, and then looking back and noting all the things he learned throughout the process.

In addition to power electronics, Tom’s areas of expertise include circuit design, testing, and debugging. Tom earned both this master’s and bachelor’s degrees in Electrical Engineering at Virginia Tech. He spent nearly five years at the Michigan-based aerospace company, Williams International, before joining Bresslergroup.

Outside of work, Tom can be found at the gym, playing guitar or video games, watching movies and TV, and traveling. He also has a musical side and has written several instrumental songs.

What would you be if you weren't an engineer? A rock star If you could redesign anything, what would it be? Anything involving traffic — unnecessary time wasted getting from points A to B. What are you most curious about? Black holes, higher dimensions and parallel universes