Software Quality Engineer Manager
“When I was 17, my brother gave me my first desktop computer,
after noticing that I spent most of my time in my high school
computer room,” shares software quality engineer manager
at Intel, Karla E. Bracamonte. “This experience sparked my interest in computers,
and when I came to the U.S. at 26 years old, I maintained a personal passion for
technology. Once I learned about the field of computer science, I knew that was
the major I wanted, even though I didn’t speak English yet.”
Born and raised in Hermosillo, Sonora in Mexico, after studying at the
Instituto Technologico de Hermosillo, Bracamonte left school in 1992 to migrate
to the United States with her parents and husband, settling down in Mesa, Arizona.
By 1997, she was working at a mailing services company, while attending
English classes at Mesa Community College and caring for two children. That
same year, she received her permit to work in the U.S. and was hired full-time as
a custodian at Arizona State University.
After having her third child in 2006, she graduated with a bachelor’s degree
in computer science and started an internship at Intel, where she worked as a
SharePoint site creator. The following year, she was granted American citizenship
and accepted a full-time position at Intel in the Digital Home Group as a tester. She
then became a software validation engineer, before moving on to become
As a software quality engineer manager supporting Intel’s IoT business
Bracamonte manages a group of software engineers that are brought on to
programs at early stages to make sure the teams follow the best processes to
release software with the highest-quality possible.
“I love my work and have been able to achieve my dreams through working
hard and learning from each experience,” she shares. “I also like to think that
raising three kids with my husband helped develop my project manager skills.”
Passionate about community work, Bracamonte is an advocate for women’s
educational opportunities. “I love to help people, especially those that are going
through similar challenges that I went through,” she states. “The tech industry
needs passionate people with diverse perspectives to help solve the challenges
of tomorrow. If I hadn’t gone through some of the challenges I faced, I wouldn’t
have my work ethic and be able to effectively manage all these different parts of
my job, family and marriage.”
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