Jennifer Wang

Emeryville, CA, US
Field of Work 
STEM Education
University of California, Berkeley
Job Title or "Student" 
PhD student
University of California, Berkeley
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering
Education Level 
Profile Biography 
Hi, I'm Jennifer and I'm currently a PhD student at UC Berkeley studying Engineering Education. I first decided to be an engineer because I really enjoyed a physics project in high school where we made our own brush motors (even though ours didn't work so well!). But when I entered college as an engineering major, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I knew engineering had to do with math and science, which I was good at, but I didn't realize until I graduated how truly valuable, interdisciplinary, and innovative the field is and the opportunities it had opened up for me. Through engineering projects, I came to really understand the impact of engineering on the world and the difference I can make as an engineer. Engineering gives you the tools and resources to create solutions to the world's problems and to help the people around you.

Throughout high school and college, I tutored other students and volunteered at schools, mostly in math, chemistry, and physics. I worked with students of all ages from kindergarten all the way up to college. I loved teaching. This sparked my interest in education, and that's why I chose to continue on a slightly different path and study education, focusing on teaching and learning engineering.

Today, I work with a public science center, the Lawrence Hall of Science, and study and improve their engineering programs. I've seen learners of all ages work together in tinkering, designing, building, testing, and refining their very own design solutions to a variety of engineering design challenges, and I think those moments are what many of us miss out on in our childhood. I work with children and families that used to say engineering was "too hard" or "not for me," but are now inspired to do more engineering activities. It's extremely rewarding to see children who didn't even believe they could make their motor run go on to create an entire kinetic sculpture.

Outside of work, I enjoy cooking and keeping up my food blog, where I post photos of my delicious (or not-so-delicious) creations including tiramisu cheesecake, pumpkin mochi, macaroni and cheese, fried chicken, raspberry rhubarb pie, dark chocolate pumpkin truffles, Korean beef, spring rolls, and jambalaya. I also get up early in the mornings to do my yoga and swimming so that I can begin every day refreshed and revitalized. And, I love music and art. I play in an Indonesian music group and also enjoy painting and drawing.

If you see a problem, solve it! Take advantage of materials, tools, and resources around you and tinker with them to create your own solution to the problem. Play around and keep trying until you achieve your goal.
Writing/blogging, Travel, Other
Level of Participation 
Online role model
My Experience 
I am a new Role Model.
No Preference
Program Affiliation 
Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

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