One to Watch: Keith Ogboenyiya is driven to help others develop a sense of curiosity and pursue innovations that change the world

In our ongoing series, ‘One to Watch,’ we profile TIers who are making a difference through innovation or citizenship.

Keith Ogboenyiya, vice president and general manager of our Interface business unitEven as a child, Keith Ogboenyiya knew he wanted to be an engineer. He developed a passion for math and science, which was fostered by his parents and a family friend who was a metallurgical engineer.

Today - as a business and technology leader at our company - Keith is driven to help others develop a sense of curiosity and a passion to solve problems and develop products that have the potential to change the world.

“Innovation to address key challenges starts with people, their curiosity to ask questions and a determination to never give up,” he said. “By working with others to tap into our combined potential, we can impact our industry, our customers and our company in significant ways.”

Keith’s expertise and leadership have led to advancements in automotive instrument cluster, industrial motor drive products, digital power supplies, solar inverter systems, in-vehicle networking and other technologies. He is particularly enthusiastic about initiatives to address energy efficiency, advanced driver assistance and industrial connectivity.

In his current role, Keith and his team are creating innovations that enable higher bandwidths and longer transmission distances in products that are smaller and incorporate higher levels of system integration than previous technology generations.

Keith, who was raised in Texas by his Houston-born mother and Nigerian father, attended a special engineering program in high school, which reinforced his love for technology and engineering. Through a dual-enrollment program, he earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Morehouse College. He interned at our company and joined TI after graduating.

Inspiring the next generation

Keith’s passion to innovate and solve problems reaches beyond his role at our company.

He is an avid supporter of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, and is active in efforts to bring more diversity into engineering disciplines. He has received a Black Engineer of the Year Award for technical and leadership contributions in engineering. Keith also continues to be involved at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he mentors students and will serve as the executive sponsor of our company’s programs at the university in 2018.

He hopes to instill a drive in employees, students and even his own children to remain curious about what they do and to have a passion for learning.

“I can see the same drive to solve problems among my children, who both have an interest in technology,” Keith said. “When we work together on robotics projects, play with circuit boards or spin motors for fun, I can see the same curiosity in them that I experienced as a child. It is a constant reminder that whether it’s engineering, another career or a hobby, it’s important to remain curious about what you do – no matter your age – and continue a passion for learning.”