Jane's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Team T.B.D.

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Ann Arbor, MI

JANE ZHOU

Senior Research Engineer
A123 Systems

“The challenge is going to be part of the joy in this journey … the opportunity is there, work hard but work smart and you'll be all right.”

INTERESTS:

Engineering Numbers

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Dedication Doubt Fear Hard Work Passion Talent Transitions Exploration Education

FOUNDATION:

Accomplishing Goals

TAGS:

batteries, challenge, challenges, changing your mind, chemical engineering, chemistry, creativity, devotion, enjoy what you're doing, enjoyment, having fun, immigrant, knowledge, math, minority, numbers, satisfaction, skills

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Was always interested in chemistry, loved that elements could be combined to form engineered compounds that aren't found in nature.
  • Majored in chemical engineering in college, now works in a field that uses her chemical engineering degree "a lot."
  • Develops/improves the batteries used in electric vehicles.
  • Immigrated to America at a young age-remembers landing in the airport and suddenly feeling "alone."
  • Says it's important to do what you're good at and find your own talents.
  • If you do something you enjoy, you'll naturally devote more of your brain power/energy to it, and you'll get better and better.
  • Says you're going to spend one-third of your life at work; if you don't like your job, it turns into torture.
  • Believes that taking on the big challenges at work often leads to bigger rewards down the line.

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