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Arvind Salian
Automotive New Production Introduction PE Manager, Freescale Semiconductor

SalianName: Arvind Salian
Automotive New Production Introduction PE Manager
Company: Freescale Semiconductor

Bachelor of engineering, Karnatak University, India, 1990
Master of science in electrical engineering, University of Arkansas, 1993
Doctorate in electrical engineering, University of Michigan, 2001
Master of business administration, Arizona State University, 2006

Growing up in Mumbai, India, Arvind Salian epitomized “happy go lucky.” The youngest of four children in a middle-class family, Salian studied just enough to make decent grades, but he much preferred being outdoors, playing sports with the neighborhood kids. His mother and sisters were constantly on his case, making sure he did his homework.

But at age 20, everything changed. Salian suffered a serious injury while playing soccer. It left him bedridden for several months, and the former athlete had to learn how to walk again.

“The feeling of helplessness and not having achieved anything of significance in my life in spite of having been given every opportunity by my family forced me to look at things differently,” he says.

Upon his recovery, Salian enrolled at the Gogte Institute of Technology at Karnatak University in India and earned his bachelor’s degree in engineering. Then, at age 23, he made a solo journey to the United States to continue his pursuit of higher education. Today, with two master’s degrees, a PhD, and five patents under his belt, this PE manager at Freescale Semiconductor has found success on an entirely new playing field.

In Freescale’s Sensor and Actuators Solutions Division, Salian manages a 12-member product engineering team to meet new product introduction (NPI) deliverables targeted for auto markets. It’s a job that requires an in-depth understanding of what makes a product commercially successful, from its design and function to its pricing and marketability.