Facts about your family:
A triangular family. I am an only child. Most of my family lives in China, but my uncle lives in North Carolina. We are Han Chinese by ethnicity.
Why did you choose to attend The University of Texas at Austin?
Location, quality of the engineering program and specifically the chemical engineering program’s appeal to industry (a LOT of chemical companies in Houston hire out of UT). Also, it’s free for me because of scholarship.
What do you want to do when you graduate from the university?
Be a process engineer or manage capital projects for a chemical company; eventually move on to management. Maybe pursue a Ph.D. or MBA. I basically have two choices, not really sure though.
If you had to choose one thing about yourself to share with the university’s Web audience, what would it be?
I love hearing about new ideas and ventures, and believe the right people can turn a great idea into reality.
Who are your heroes?
If you could travel to one spot anywhere in the world, where would you want to visit?
The Blue Lagoon in Reykjavik, Iceland.
What are your favorite books? What books would you recommend to someone you just met?
“As I Lay Dying” was my favorite piece of literature, but now as an engineer I pretty much read textbooks.
What pushes your buttons? What are your pet peeves?
People who take the elevator to go up one floor. People who lie about things. People who do not follow through on their word and are not dependable. People who have no manners.
What are your favorite Web sites? Why?
What are your favorite foods?
Kismet Café is awesome. I love Mediterranean food. However, the best food is still the food that my mom makes — you can’t get Chinese food that good anywhere else.
What music are you listening to?
La Roux, the xx, Breathe Carolina, Vampire Weekend, other hip and trendy stuff.
What are your all-time favorite movies? Why?
“Memento” — it freaks my mind.
Who are your favorite artists?
What are your favorite academic subjects? What are you interested in studying in the future?
Chemistry and engineering stuff. Although the one “fun” subject I’d like to study would be the science behind dreams and how dreams function.
What’s your favorite spot on campus?
The Blanton Museum of Art or the Chemical and Petroleum Engineering Building (CPE).
Where are your favorite places to go in Austin? What are your favorite things to do in Austin?
I like going to the lake to kayak, downtown to concerts or Round Rock for day trips. Downtown is pretty fun, but I generally like campus and west/north campus.
What are your favorite free-time activities?
Sleep. It may seem boring to a normal person, but engineers worship REM sleep.
Other interesting facts about you:
I’ll reveal them as I blog? I can’t really think of anything big now. Well I guess an interesting fact is that I’m always awake really late. It’s 2:35 a.m. as I type this.