As part of our celebration of Black History month, we’ve been speaking to some of the leading voices from within the biggest companies in the PC gaming tech world. Having spoken with two Intel veterans earlier in the month, today we’re talking with two AMD veterans from the resurgent CPU and GPU giant.

Lamar Washington and Doug Lane have been part of the company for many years and have each played their part in the turnaround in AMD’s fortunes from their respective positions. 

Lamar Washington

Critical Environment Manager, AMD

I have been in the data center facilities industry field for over 18 years with prior military technical background. In 2012, I landed a Data Center Facility Manager position serving as the facilities service provider for AMD’s North America data center located in Atlanta, GA. 

Under a year and half of meeting AMD’s customer service satisfaction and expectations; I was blessed and offered an AMD position as the site’s Critical Environment Manager over the data center in 2013.

Doug Lane

Design Engineer, AMD

I begin my career working at a Telecommunications startup by the name of Thomas Conrad  Corporation. I worked there as a bench tech debugging Token Ring, Arcnet, and 10/100 ethernet  products. This was the late 80’s and early 90’s, so networking products were still in their early  stages of development. There, I worked on many different products which provided opportunities  to learn and develop my troubleshooting skills. 

I eventually moved to In-circuit test development, which was a skill in high demand at the time. I did contract work at night for 3M developing in-circuit test programs and eventually moved to National Instruments (NI) to work as their lead In-circuit test  developer. NI was, and probably still is, a great company for young Engineers to work and get  exposed to exciting new products and technology. This is the company where I was first introduced to C programming and developed many programs in C to test NI’s data acquisition and  instrumentation products. 

After NI, I moved to Compaq Austin and used my C coding experience to develop and debug NDIS based NIC drivers. After Compaq, I took a job at 3Com where I  developed tests in C++ and VHDL to test a simulated 10/100 Ethernet MAC. This was my first  exposure to simulated hardware development, which is the field that I still work in at AMD. 

Were there any specific engineers, inventors, visionaries, or people in your own life who  inspired/still inspire you? 

No matter what unforeseen obstacles that may come my way, just keep believing in yourself.

Lamar Washington

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