What brought you to the Center for Technology in Government?
I became interested in information management and policy in the public sector when I was doing my MPA work at the University of Arizona. When I was searching for Ph.D. programs to further my education, Rockefeller College and CTG stood out. In 2004, I was accepted to the Ph.D. program in Public Administration at the Rockefeller College. I decided to concentrate my study on information strategy and management, which eventually brought me to CTG.
What did you do prior to coming to CTG?
I worked in Shanghai, China for six years in various jobs before I came to the US for my graduate study. My early jobs include working as a tour coordinator in a travel agency, as a marketing assistant at Coty Cosmetics, and as a brand supervisor at Nestlé China. The most recent job before I left China was working as a market intelligence specialist at Xerox China for three and a half years. This job was the first to raise my interests in information management and gave me initial hands-on experiences in the field. In 2004, I obtained a MPA degree at the University of Arizona with a concentration in international management. Prior to coming to CTG, I have worked as a research or teaching assistant for a number of professors in both Arizona and Albany, and was involved in a number of research projects and course instructions.
What are your plans/goals for the future?
My short-term goal is to finish my Ph.D. study. My intermediate goal is to pursue a job in an academic institution or a research center. My long-term dream is to establish a research center like CTG in China and build collaboration with CTG in doing comparative and transnational research or consulting.
How can CTG help you reach your goal for the future?
Everything I worked on and observed so far at CTG is of great help to me in reaching my goals for the future. I am learning how to design and conduct research; how to teach; how to conduct training and consulting; and how to manage projects and build collaborations. All the projects I have been involved in at CTG are exciting and enlightening and I am sure that I will learn more at CTG in the future.