Annette Booker is an award-winning Process Integration Engineer and Operations Manager at Samsung Austin Semiconductor (SAS), as well as an active advocate for women and girls in STEM. She is a board advisor, and former mentoring chair, for Women In Technology at Samsung (WITS) which focuses on empowering and engaging young girls through STEM activities and networking opportunities for women within the organization.
Born and raised in Virginia, Annette received her Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Norfolk State University’s esteemed Dozoretz National Institute for Mathematics and Applied Science (DNIMAS) program where she was a Gates Millennium Scholar and Mickey Leland Department of Energy Fellow. She went on to earn her Masters in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Virginia Tech, dually recognized as a Pratt Fellow and Graduate School Dean’s Minority Fellow.
Annette’s approach to success is similar to her approach in the semiconductor industry: focus. As the product of a single parent household, Annette decided at a young age to direct her attention towards technology after developing a passion for science during a visit to the planetarium. Her mother, Toleda, provided additional opportunities for growth and development within the scientific fields by often pairing Annette with her older sister, Burthia, for engineering camps, seminars, or other adventures.
After more than 14 years at Samsung, Annette knows what truly drives the success of a process or product –and it’s not just understanding the intricacies of complex processes. It’s how well you coordinate and focus your team towards a common goal while providing the opportunity for innovation along the way. Annette’s unique mix of engineering aptitude, organizational skills, and leadership has gained her access to multiple cutting-edge device transfers and leading her own staff.
In addition to her leadership roles at Samsung, Annette continues to serve her community as an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (a public service and social action organization), a board member for the Central Texas Council for GirlStart (an organization focused on STEM education for young girls) and with Samsung Austin Semiconductor. In 2017, Annette was recognized as a Hidden Figure in Austin, TX and in 2020 was awarded the Step Ahead Award from the Manufacturing Insitute.