Calvin Zhuhan Qiao
Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?
My interest in research grew during my master's study and was further reinforced by my first full-time job at a university working as a research assistant. Besides research, I also hope that I can use my own experiences and knowledge to serve the education for the next generation of mechanical engineering students to help them better prepare for the increasingly interdisciplinary and demanding work in the STEM field in the future.
Why did you decide to study at UBC?
I personally believe that UBC is the most suitable place for me to come. My supervisor plays a key role in finalizing my decision. Her research work strongly matches my research interests and the direction I would like to pursue in my next step.
What is it specifically, that your program offers, that attracted you?
Not only does my research project allow me to gain new knowledge, technical skills, and sharpen my research skills but also utilize my previous strengths in mechatronics, robotics, and integrated hardware/software development. Besides, I enjoy doing the literature review component required by my department. This process has pushed me to read a variety of literature in depth during the first year of my PhD study.
What was the best surprise about UBC or life in Vancouver?
Although it is a bit colder in the winter than I first expected, I have found that I quite enjoy the weather here.
What aspects of your life or career before now have best prepared you for your UBC graduate program?
Various research experiences in both industry and academia in the past including three R&D internships, a one-year academic research project at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (Shenzhen), and a two-year academic research project at Carnegie Mellon University.
What advice do you have for new graduate students?
Take good care of yourself both physically and mentally. Set reasonable goals. Step outside of your comfort zone with a plan and purpose. This is where we grow and where the magic happens.