As the eldest child in my family, I have two little sisters who are respectively 7 and 8 years younger than I am. My father is a businessman who works a lot on running his own company while my mother works in China and live there. Thus, I had to take care of my sisters while I was in junior high school. Because of the experience of taking care of them, I grant the sense of responsibility since my childhood. I am also deeply affected by my parents’ life style, I take job as a very important part in life. I know I will devote to my work and always do the best just like what they did.
During my high school period, I met a very good English teacher and she initiated my interest in English. Not only did I pay lots of attention in class, but also I studied English magazine everyday in order to enhance my listening ability. Keeping studying English magazine while in college, I also attended the GEPT and Toeic test. I passed the high-intermediate level of GEPT and got 925 on my Toeic test. To further improve my oral ability, I chose an American professor as my advisor in my graduation school. With his help, I improved a lot. Not only can I used English to discuss the problem and progress on my research with him fluently but also I finished my thesis defense with English. After all this I felt quite confident about my English ability.
I studied in the chemical engineering department of National Taiwan University. Due to the heavy load our major courses, I am well trained about the chemical engineering basic knowledge. These majors include unit operation, transport phenomenon, thermodynamic and reaction engineering. There are also chemical field courses such as physical chemistry, organic chemistry and analytical chemistry. I took engineering mathematics and material science in engineering field. All of these above provided me a well-rounded education of chemical engineering. Other than that, I took many general knowledge courses and the program design classes of information engineering department due to my own interest. Besides, to improve my language ability, I took Japanese class in NTU. I tried to equip all the skills I will need in the future in college and now I am well prepared.
I thought it is necessary for me to study in graduation school because there are more to learn in chemical engineering field. After passing the graduation school qualifying test, I entered the process synthesis engineering lab. In order to have a deeper look into the core of chemical engineering - process design and process simulation, I made the decision to join this group. The topic of my research was “The design of the divided wall column”. It is about how to save more energy in the most commonly used chemical engineering unit –distillation column. Using Aspen Plus as my simulation tool, I can simulate the unsteady state condition of the distillation column. Due to lacking of reliable design methods so far, I designed a short cut method to determine the stage number of the divided wall distillation column. I was very interested in my research and devoted a lot into it. When I graduated, I had a very complete thesis about my whole research.
After few job interviews, I entered Four Pillars as my first job. Not only because I love doing research and studying latest information, I am also interested in developing products that people use in daily lives. I learned a lot in Four Pillars. I worked on masking labels and printable primer search. Despite the trial and error part, studying is the key to develop the product. When it comes to mass production, what really matter are the details: the drying temperature, the tension online and many factors which not until I am at the site can I find problems based on my own experience. It’s the part I love the most, to see the scale-up happens and finally make it to the market. Due to it’s a small scale company, I have to contact suppliers by myself instead of our purchasing agent. Through these experiences, I knew better about how to deal with them and more details of the materials. Besides, I’ve been on business trips to China for client visits and labelexpos. There are always shorts to improve and the client’s feedbacks are the direction for us to fix those shorts. Meeting with clients pushed me and my products to a better level and most important of all is to see the market. With the client visits and labelexpo as well, I know better about what’s on the market and what others achieved. Those are great experience for me when I worked on my projects, because they’re the connection between lab and market. With the work experience in Four Pillars, I am now much better know the whole picture about being a product development engineer.