I was born in 1993 in a beautiful country called Malaysia, in the city of Kuala Lumpur. Growing up in an immensely diverse country, I lived and learned with friends and colleagues of varied races through primary school till college.
As a kid, I spoke 3 languages: Malay, Mandarin, and English, which was not uncommon among Malaysians. We were required to learn our national language and English was the main language used in teaching Science and Math classes. I learnt to speak Mandarin from my parents and mostly at my national Chinese primary school - SJK(C) Khe Beng, while I continued learning the language through my secondary education at SMK Kota Kemuning, a national secondary school.
Born to a mechanical engineer and a teacher, my siblings and I were exposed to the world of knowledge from a tender age. Our family members enjoy a close relationship with each other, and preserve Chinese family traditions as proud Malaysians.
I grew up without a great deal of electronic entertainment; I spent most of my time playing the piano, reading, or playing outdoors. Those activities cultivated my interests today; I'm a huge fan of classical music and sports, especially football (soccer).
Even when I had the time to watch the TV, I watched Discovery Channel or the National Geographic Channel mostly, which developed my passion for scientific progress and advancement. Currently as a Mechanical Engineering major, I'm interested in control and mechatronic systems, as well as mechanical design.
University of Michigan
I transferred to the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor from Sunway University in Malaysia during Fall 2013 as a Mechanical Engineering major.
I chose Mechanical Engineering because I love the versatility of Mechanical Engineers in different fields of work, and I especially love performing hands-on tasks, which I enjoyed a great deal doing as a Mechanical Engineering student. Besides, I was also influenced by my father as a Mechanical Engineer himself. His work experience as a Mechanical Design Engineer appealed to me and his problem solving skills impressed me as well.
I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering (Mechanical Engineering) and a Minor in Music in Spring 2016, and am attending graduate school at the University of Texas at Austin.
At the University of Michigan, I've taken a lot of interesting and exciting courses taught by leading faculty members, especially the design courses offered by the Mechanical Engineering department. For my junior design project, me and my team members had to design and create a linkage fully controlled by a programmed microcontroller to deflect laser beams. This course was one of the many that I took which intensified my interest for controls and mechatronic systems as I aim to familiarize myself with that field of work.
I have also been fascinated by the music courses that I've taken in fulfilling my Music minor requirements; they provided a unique and intriguing lens to music understanding and deepened my love for classical music.
The University of Michigan is a great institute of learning experience. I joined the University of Michigan Solar Car team and I worked on a project to fit the car with a parking brake system to comply with the 2014 American Solar Challenge regulations. Currently, I'm part of the Robotics and Motion Laboratory (RAMlab) working with PhD student Wyatt Felt to develop a novel sensor that will allow robots to be fitted with feedback controllable soft actuators.
Besides activities that pertain to my major, I'm also involved with the University of Michigan Malaysian Student Association (MiMSA) heavily, from participating in plays and performances to hosting regional sporting events.
I started my American Degree Transfer Program (ADTP) in 2011, Fall term. The program was designed to prepare students to transfer to American universities by providing courses to fulfill the transfer requirements to the universities.
As a person who is fascinated by scientific and technological development, I enrolled as a prospective Engineering student and spent 2 years in the program before transferring to the University of Michigan. I love building stuff and I wanted to be someone who could build machines and structures with his knowledge to help the society.
At Sunway University, I took mostly fundamental courses that were essential to transfer to universities in the United States. Other than the required Math courses, the program also provided elementary Engineering courses, which were Statics, Dynamics, and Thermodynamics. I had my first taste of an Engineering course in Statics, which I learned about structures and rigid bodies that were in equilibrium. It was also through these three Engineering courses that I found out different fields in which a Mechanical Engineer could work in.
I also fulfilled my humanities requirement at Sunway University. One of the most memorable courses that I took was THEA 1000: Introduction to Theatre. For that entire semester, the students in the class assumed roles in a production company, and had a mass production by the end of the semester, in which I acted.
During my time at Sunway University, I was involved with extracurricular activities regularly. I was involved with the ADTP Student Committee for almost a year and a half, as a Head of Human Resources and a Logistics team member. The projects involved were mainly event organizing, such as annual dinners, sporting events, freshmen welcome parties and so on.
I was also the main organizer in organizing an orphanage class trip, in which we donated all of our profits obtained from booths we opened at a university event. We went to the orphanage and helped them clean up the orphanage house as well as bought them food and daily supplies.