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Meares Is Engineer With Intel

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When he took his first computer courses at South Columbus High School, Taylor Meares, of Whiteville, did not know he would some day be working as a computer engineer for Intel.

In fact, he hated his first course, an online computer programming class.

But, with his next class – computer networking, taught by the now retired Larry Gilliam – computers began to grow on Meares.

By the time he graduated in 2011, Meares knew that computer engineering was to be his career path. In fact, for his senior project, he built a computer.

For college, he chose the Georgia Institute of Technology, with the idea of becoming an architect.

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But the computer bug had bitten and he stayed with it, eventually earning a degree in computer engineering, specializing as a silicon architecture engineer.

As a student at Georgia Tech, Meares was accepted into its International Plan.

Since he was minoring in the Japanese language, he opted for Japan in the program and spent 26 weeks there, honing his skills speaking Japanese.

“I’m pretty conversational,” he said. “The technical stuff is difficult, but I am continuing to learn it,”

Meares said that on the five-level scale of fluency in speaking the language, he has tested at the third level and is working on the fourth.

“I plan to pass the top level of the Japanese language proficiency test,” he said.

He stayed in Beppu in southern Japan and studied at a university there for eight weeks, where he said it was “Japanese language intensive.”

He also spent time in Tokyo at Nippon Telegraph and Telephone, which he said is similar to America’s AT&T.

While there, he did research with NT&T on computer security.

“I learned a lot,” he said. “The International Plan gives you the perspective of working in diverse groups.”

Meares said he discovered the Intel job opportunity at a career fair at Georgia Tech.

He has already moved to Hillsboro, Oregon as he prepares for his June 6 start with Intel.

“I had talked to a lot of companies,” he said. “I had a phone interview with Intel and then they flew me out in November for an onsite interview.”

His college roommate nabbed the same type of job at Intel.

The two drove together to Oregon and are rooming together for the time being.

“At Intel, I will be doing verification for their Xenon Phi computer processor,” he said.

Meares said he has always liked to make stuff and his new job will fit him well.

He said he still plans to pursue graduate school.

“Japan was awesome,” he said. “I want to go back. If not for a vacation, then to perhaps work there.”

He described the people he met there as “really nice and welcoming and accommodating.”

Meares said he made a lot of new friends there, many of whom he keeps up with on Facebook.

“And it’s really cool to speak the language after studying it,” he said.

He said he hopes to someday be able to read and write the language, which contains more than 2,000 characters.

Meares, the son of Jack and Wendy Meares, graduated from Georgia Tech on May 7 with “highest honors.”

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