Fung Institute Industry Partner: Starkey Hearing Technologies

The Fung Institute embarks on a new industry partnership and learns how the CTO of Starkey Technologies, Achin Bhowmik, plans to use engineering to change people’s lives.

As of Fall 2019, Starkey Hearing Technologies is a founding partner of the Fung Institute Industry Partnership Program (FIIPP). The Fung Institute Industry Partnership Program fosters meaningful industry collaboration as we train the next generation of technical innovators and leaders. This program allows companies to gain unique access to Berkeley Master of Engineering students representing seven engineering disciplines and undergraduates working at the intersection of health and technology.

“We are really excited to partner with a company like Starkey who is using cutting edge technology to improve people’s lives. Our students are always looking for opportunities to create a big social impact and Starkey is a great match for them,” says Julie McShane, Director of Career Development & Alumni Relations.

We interviewed Achin Bhowmik, Starkey’s Chief Technology Officer, about the company and advice for future engineers in industry.


Starkey Hearing Technologies is in the business of “making lives richer by empowering individuals to reach their full potential in life” through hearing devices. Can you elaborate?

In what ways are you growing as a company?

Could you share some challenges you face as a company? How do you approach them?

What’s your north star?

We’re in the business of helping people. At the end of the day, we get to change people’s lives, and that’s what drives us here at Starkey.

Atchin with a group of MEng students surrounding him in conversation.
Atchin with a group of MEng students surrounding him in conversation.
Achin Bhowmik speaking to MEng students and the UC Berkeley community in our McLaughlin classroom.

You spent 17 years at Intel. What inspired you to transition to Starkey?

As a CTO of Starkey Hearing Technologies, what do you want future engineers to know? What advice would you give?


Learn more about Starkey!

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