Ginger Chien is a device architect at AT&T Mobility. She is responsible for defining technical requirements for mobile devices in the areas of security, browsers, and protocols, and she guides the integration of these evolving technologies into new services. She has worked on other technologies at AT&T dating all the way back to modems and traditional pagers. Prior to that she taught college level electrical engineering and signal processing courses to working adults seeking new career opportunities in engineering, and at the same time was a software and simulation engineer at BDM applying modeling and simulation technology to problems as diverse as underground tunneling and commercial airplane manufacturing.
Ginger has an M.S. degree from Princeton University and a B.S. from the University of Washington, both in electrical engineering with emphasis on communications theory and signal processing. She has also created and marketed a magnetic toy that sits on many science teachers’ desks, engineered an articulated mechanism in a package the size of a tennis ball that fans real peacock feathers for a costume, and is an inventor on over 20 telecommunications and business process patents.
Today she volunteers for LEAGUE (the AT&T LGBTQ employee resource group), and finds much of her personal joy speaking on LGBTQ and growth topics, sharing tales of life at open microphone storytelling nights, and watching a certain rural Washington town light up year after year when her transgender rock band comes to play.