Sharing Alumni (Christian George Emor)
NUS, Chemical Engineering (2011-2015)
Micron Technology. Senior Engineer, Metals and CVD Process Development
Tell us more about what you are doing now in your work and how it relates to our calling as Christians in this world.
Thomas L. Friedman in his latest book Thank You for Being Late (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016) told us about how smartphones has disrupted and accelerated the speed of almost everything. Working in a company that produces memory (DRAM and NAND), my work enables required infrastructure for accelerated information sharing. Without innovation in the design and manufacturing of memory, proliferation of smartphones will just not be possible. And I can go on telling you about how memory is widely used in almost everything without us being aware of it.
As a process development engineer, my responsibility is to understand product specifications and requirements, and to translate that into mature, efficient, and robust thin film (film of 1nm to 1500nm in thickness) deposition processes. I work closely with various internal stakeholders to develop the chemical process, and also with our equipment suppliers to design equipment that will be suitable for the process. Personally, I am very interested in and engaged with my work because of the intellectual challenges, high level of trust from other colleagues, and steep learning curve that I have been enjoying.
As a Christian, I not only believe my current work should contribute to the good of society, but I should also be genuinely interested and passionate in the work itself.
How did ISCF equip you to be salt and light in the marketplace?
First, ISCF created an awareness of our calling as Christian, that is to actively engage with work and how we can and should play our part in redeeming the work itself. This awareness has at least created a gap between being self-centered (only take care of my own and/or my team’s KPIs) and ensuring that the work as a whole is of good quality and adds value to the company. The gap may and will always be there, but I believe that identification of the gap is always the first step towards resolution.
Second, ISCF could not emphasize more the importance of mission, and how it is actually the calling of every single Christian. Lastly, ISCF encourages me to be rooted in Christ and to always pursue spiritual growth.
What are some of the challenges you face in your workplace as a Christian?
One challenge is how people will be able to associate the positive things about me with being a Christian. It is worrying to see some sort of hostility towards Christianity, and furthermore, with the increasingly demanding workload given to us, opportunities to share about Christ with colleagues and lunch buddies have diminished as well. In terms of integrity as a Christian, sometimes it is also hard to consciously choose to do the right thing when there could be millions of justifications that can be made to choose to do otherwise. I think I need to get my priorities right, and evaluate how my daily decision-making reflects my priorities in life.
How can your Christian community (e.g. church, ISCF alumni ministry) support you in your daily walk as a Christian?
I think it is important for us as part of the Christian community to constantly remind ourselves of our calling in this world and in the marketplace. Moreover, in this digital age, we have to be present in social media and the Internet to promote Christian values and role models. This way we can “saling menguatkan dan memberi kesaksian untuk sesama orang percaya” (Ibrani 12:1) dan juga kepada orang banyak.