I am a recent graduate from the University of California, San Diego. I was born in Shenyang, China and immigrated to the United States when I was three years old. My hometown is Windsor, a small suburb in Northern California. I currently live, study, and work in San Diego.
Currently I am an entry level mechanical designer and drafter at a small engineering firm — Kramer Engineering Services. I mainly focus on Title 24 Energy Compliance Reports, but also do plumbing and mechanical drafting. Every semester I enroll in additional college classes and seminars to broaden my knowledge.
For two summers I was a project engineer for City Building Inc, a medium sized construction company. I was responsible for working with subcontractors on remodel projects at Saint Francis Memorial Hospital and the San Francisco Jewish Home for the Old. The projects were all multi-million dollar Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) approved renovations and seismic retrofits.
In the academic field, I have dedicated time assisting in the seismic research of California’s wind turbines. I was responsible for drafting drawings of various wind turbines and diagrams for their sensor placements during the experiments. I would also process sensor data (using MATLAB programs that I personally coded for the experiment) and upload the information onto the Network for Earthquake Engineering (NEES) website or prepare the information for use in an engineering journal.
One of my major achievements was being the Project Manager/Captain of the UC San Diego Seismic Design Team. I was responsible for the design, construction, and presentation of a model skyscraper at the National Earthquake Engineering Institute’s Undergraduate Seismic Design Competition. I recruited and convinced a team of over 40 engineering students to volunteer long hours and on weekends during the construction process. In addition, to buy materials and bring 28 students to the competition, our team had a budget of around $9,000 that we covered entirely through fundraising (we successfully brought in $11,000). At the competition, our team placed first out of 26 colleges from the United States and Canada.