Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?
I want to become a university professor. A PhD degree is a prerequisite for that.
Why did you decide to study at UBC?
UBC is a world-renowned university located in such a beautiful city. More importantly, I had kept a long time contact with my current supervisor. I knew that he was knowledgeable in my research area, is very kind, and cares about his students a lot. Therefore, I decided to join his lab as a Ph.D. student.
What is it specifically, that your program offers, that attracted you?
Most importantly, my current supervisor, who is knowledgeable and kind.
What was the best surprise about UBC or life in Vancouver?
The spectacular and beautiful scenery around UBC, the friendliness of people, and the convenience of living in Vancouver as a Chinese person.
What do you see as your biggest challenge(s) in your future career?
Finding a position in academia is becoming increasingly difficult.
What aspects of your life or career before now have best prepared you for your UBC graduate program?
The rigorous training received when I pursued my BSc and MSc degrees in Beihang University, Beijing, China, as well as the 1.5 years I spent working as an engineer.
What do you like to do for fun or relaxation?
Taichi, meditation, and playing poker with friends.
What advice do you have for new graduate students?
For PhD students, a good professor or lab is more important than a good university.