Moore's Lobby Podcast

Engineering, Inspiration, and Advice—Intel VP Deepali Trehan’s Journey

Episode #59 / 1:00:11 / March 07, 2023 by Daniel Bogdanoff
Technical Sponsor: ROHM Semiconductor

Deepali Trehan’s story is a human story, an underdog story, that happens to involve engineering. In this Season 6 kickoff episode of Moore’s Lobby, we visit with the VP and GM of Intel’s Programmable Solutions Group about FPGAs, AI, chiplets, and more.

Beginning with her humble roots in Delhi, India, Deepali Trehan recounts her story of overcoming the odds to become a leader at one of the most respected technology companies in the world. Encouraged, supported, and even challenged by her family and influential teachers along the way, Trehan’s remarkable journey is an inspiration for everyone from students thinking about engineering to teachers, leaders, and mentors looking to invest their time and energy into others.

How can I build the mindset of embracing and learning from failures and setbacks and build that resilience? It's never a story of how you became successful. It's always a story of how many times you failed, and what did you learn from those failures to get to where you are today? 

On the technology side, Trehan provides insights on several of the latest hardware advancements in Intel’s Agilex FPGAs, structured ASICs, AI, and chiplets. She discusses how the latest technologies are increasing performance per watt by 2X over competing technologies as power consumption is becoming as important as execution speed.   

Intel’s Agilex FPGA products include chiplets for advanced functionality. Image used courtesy of Intel

We are thrilled that this episode is part of All About Circuits’ coverage of women in engineering month. Yet, the advice and encouragement Trehan provides is valuable to everyone. 

Listen in as she provides insights on:

  • Pushing the boundaries of your role when needed.
  • Never allowing anybody to write a job description that could limit you. Go write your own!
  • “Confidence is not, ‘I know it all.’ Confidence is ...” ... well, you'll just have to listen to the episode to find out!

Other highlights from this amazing interview with Deepali Trehan include:

  • Why you're never going to be 100% ready to take on the next role. 
  • How to expect and embrace surprises, even knowing that some will be fun and great, while others will not.
  • The three sets of questions that help keep her and her team focused on the right things.


A Big Thank You to This Episode's Technical Sponsor



Meet Deepali Trehan

Deepali Trehan is the Vice President & General Manager of Programmable Solutions Group (PSG) at Intel where she is responsible for product line management, marketing, and programs. These efforts span FPGA & eASIC devices, software and development tools, intellectual property, and hardware acceleration platforms. 



Trehan has long been “obsessed” with putting customers first. This has led to her current role where she defines new business models with partners and customers, develops product strategy, creates marketing plans, and drives go-to-market engagement for PSG.

In addition, Trehan is heavily involved in developing the next generation of engineers at Intel. She charters Intel’s academic, intern, training rotation, and emerging professional programs. 

Deepali started her engineering career at Texas Instruments, where she held various leadership roles, and has also worked at NXP and Apple. 

She received her master’s degree in electrical engineering from Texas Tech University and a bachelor’s degree in electronics engineering from Nagpur University.