• 2018 HENAAC Luminary •
Alex Bernussi has been an Analog Field Applications Engineer at Texas Instruments since August 2012. In six short years, he’s been able to work on projects in a number of diverse areas ranging from consumer electronics, audio, military, factory and building automation to robotics and enterprise systems. At every step of the way, he has taken on increasingly higher levels of responsibility oversite of technology, projects, and staff.
In his first three years at TI’s Waltham, Massachusetts office, Mr. Bernussi advanced from a novice to an expert in his work on a range of technologies like gigasample analog-to-digital conversions, all while working with two large defense customers for the company. After transitioning to the robotics field, he rapidly developed his expertise in this area as well, pioneering specifications for chip development and an inventive implementation of TI motor drive and sensing technology for two industry-leading robotics companies. The motor drive that he helped develop generated $2.8 million for TI in 2017 and is projected to ship 15 million units by the end of 2018.
An active mentor in his role at Texas Instruments, Mr. Bernussi is a frequent interviewer of potential new college graduate hires for second and final interviews, and he’s recruited for TI at career fairs at MIT and UMASS Amherst. He’s also served as program coach for four applications rotation engineers in 2015 and 2016, and he organizes and manages the company’s summer intern training seminars.
Born and raised in Campinas, Brazil, Mr. Bernussi moved to the U.S. with his parents and sister when he was 12 years old. Both of his parents possessed advanced degrees and strongly emphasized the importance of education, but didn’t push him into a STEM-based career. He attributes his interest in math and science to frequent visits to his father’s physics lab as a child and an after-school program that had him working on quadratic functions by the sixth grade.
Mr. Bernussi earned his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, where he worked as a research assistant and a power engineer for a power grid company as part of his internships. He joined Texas Instruments after graduation as a member of the Applications Rotation Program where he alternated between three different TI business units.