Tracy Chen, Ph.D.
What are your academic credentials?
- Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from Case Western Reserve University;
- M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Mississippi State University;
- B.S. in Information Engineering from Xidian University.
What inspired you to teach/to become involved in your industry?
The fancy techniques in science-fiction films always attract me. Realizing them, or at least speeding up the process of a very small part of them, makes me excited.
What is the best part of your job?
I can always learn and explore new techniques to design and improve the existing ways of solving things. Seeing the opportunity to change the way we live is the best part of doing research.
What is your best attribute?
I am hard-working and easy-going.
What are you most looking forward to seeing in the future of CAE’s aeronautics and or engineering programs?
I am so proud to see that the College of Aeronautics and Engineering is becoming a unique and large engineering college that involves aerospace, robotics, materials, implementable cybersecurity, etc, and the students graduating from CAE are changing the world!
What advice can you offer students just beginning their careers?
Find someone just started a career like you. Talking with someone who shares a similar situation will alleviate the anxiety. Also, take a Mindfulness course, which will equip you with wonderful strategies to handle stress.
What kind of traits or characteristics are mandatory for a person in your industry to have?
Reliable. An engineer should be reliable for designing and testing according to the rigid scientific process and should be responsible for the product he/she designed.