17 Aug Interview with Stephen Wang
Stephen is our Associate Application Scientist and valuable addition to the team.
Where did you grow up? Where did you go to school?
I grew up in Concord, Massachusetts. I went to Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences for my undergraduate degree and got a Bachelors of Science in Medical and Molecular Biology.
What sparked your interest in Science?
I remember being fascinated by the world around me as a kid and trying to understand how things worked. I went from reading creation myths to Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies.
Did you have any specific role models? If so, who were they?
My parents were big influences on my life, working full time jobs and taking care of 3 kids. I also idolized the Mythbusters and Neil DeGrasse Tyson, for making science interesting and fun.
What would you say to a young person considering a career in science or computers?
Never stop asking questions like “Why does this happen?” or “What’s causing this?”
What is important to you personally? I.e.what things do you value most in life?
I think the most important thing to me is having fun and spending time with friends and family.
What are some of the challenges you have faced either in your career or personally that you feel have helped you become the successful person you are?
One of the biggest challenges I’ve faced in my career was seizing opportunities given to me, and being proactive about finding new ones. Early in my career, I was focused on making sure I did my job well and didn’t rock the boat too much, but as time went on I learned that there’s no better advocate for what I want from my career and life other than myself. It’s still a work in progress, but the fact that part of my current job involves public speaking is a big help in making me become more assertive in my opinion.
What do you enjoy about being part of the Studylog team?
I’m grateful for the fact that my job allows me to meet and work with a wide variety of people, both within Studylog itself, and among our clientbase.
What do you do for fun?
I like to read, play video games, cook, and hike with friends.