Greg Zastoupil: Mentoring engineers in a culture of innovation at Bose

August 2017

“Penn State’s acoustics program is well recognized and well respected in the audio and acoustics industries,” says Greg Zastoupil (’08 M ENG ACS). “Having that degree laid a strong foundation for opportunities to advance in my career.”

Greg began his career as an electrical engineer with Motorola’s Energy Systems Group in Lawrenceville, GA, after earning a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from North Dakota State University in 1997. At Motorola, Greg designed and supported NiCd, NiMH, and lithium-ion desktop battery chargers for two-way radios. He was promoted to senior electrical engineer in 1999, and served as an advisor to the development team for lithium-ion notebook computer smart batteries.

While he gained excellent experience and enjoyed his work at Motorola, Greg says he realized it was not exactly what he wanted to do long term.

“I was more interested in the acoustics side of product development, so I started researching schools that offered a master’s degree in acoustics,” recalls Greg. “Penn State’s distance education program worked out really well, since I was living in Atlanta at the time.”

In 2004, while taking classes online part time toward his master’s degree, Greg joined Bose Corporation in Framingham, MA. Over the next four years he served as a validation engineer in Bose’s Design Compliance Engineering department and as an electrical engineer in the Noise Reduction Technology Group.

Greg finished his master of engineering degree in 2008, and soon after became an acoustics engineer in Bose’s Professional Systems Division. He was responsible for designing and developing high performance loudspeakers and accessories, supporting the development of a new acoustic measurement system, and providing technical leadership for acoustic issues while staying within budget and on schedule.

In 2011 Greg moved to Dallas, TX, where he joined Research in Motion to lead the design and integration of market leading audio solutions in next-generation smartphones. After one year, he was recruited back to Bose’s Professional Systems Division to fill a senior acoustics engineer position—a role Greg says was “a better fit.”

And he’s been at Bose ever since.

In 2014, Greg was promoted to his current position as an acoustics engineering manager, also in the Professional Systems Division. He says this role gives him the opportunity to lead and inspire his team to design and develop new ideas that meet the needs of our customers. He is also passionate about developing the capability of his team and the tools they use to improve how his team designs products and brings those to market.

“Bose is a great company to work for,” says Greg. “It is a culture that constantly innovates and emphasizes a deep thirst for learning, thanks to Dr. Bose and his ties to MIT. We are all passionate about being our best, pushing the envelope in technology, and delivering demonstrable benefits to our customers.”

He lives in North Grafton, MA, with his wife, Sara, and their sons, Aiden, Andrew, and Jonathan.

—Stefanie Tomlinson

Greg Zastoupil

Greg Zastoupil