Zongjie Wang, Ph.D. is an assistant professor within the Division of Electrical and Laptop Engineering. She obtained her joint Ph.D. in Electrical and Laptop Engineering from Cornell College and joined the College of Connecticut’s Division of Electrical and Laptop Engineering in 2021. Her analysis pursuits embrace trendy energy techniques planning and operation, the excessive penetration stage of variable renewable vitality integration, and the electrical energy market, amongst others.
Title: Zongjie Wang
College/Faculty: College of Engineering
Division: Division of Electrical and Laptop Engineering
Title: Assistant Professor
How lengthy have you ever been a profession champion?
I’ve been an energetic member of Profession Champion since I joined UConn in August of 2021.
Are you concerned in any of the Profession Champion subcommittees?
Not right now, however I’m concerned within the actions as an energetic advisor and member of the Profession Champion Program for the previous a number of semesters.
What motivated you to develop into a Profession Champion?
This concept arose from my private expertise: In my prior place as a post-doc analysis affiliate, college students that I suggested, lectured, or simply bought to know would typically ask me for his or her profession recommendation, resume steerage, or help in profession decision-making. I’m at all times accessible and approachable to college students and have gone out of my means to offer skilled improvement alternatives, profession recommendation, and data to college students, together with undergraduate and graduate packages. As an assistant professor, the motivation for my becoming a member of and turning into an energetic member and advisor of the Profession Champion Program is to share my expertise and data with extra college students and get to study extra by speaking with varied folks on campus throughout profession conversations. I’ve seen how my skilled and profession recommendation has positively impacted college students, particularly college students in underrepresented teams, on finest strategizing their future profession paths. Thus I wish to consistently information and advise extra college students in a optimistic means via profession counseling below the facilitation of assorted assets and companies supplied by the Profession Middle.
Did you have got any skilled or private motivations to develop into a Profession Champion and to combine profession into your class curriculum?
My skilled motivation to develop into a Profession Champion is to study extra assets and companies obtainable to college students at UConn and higher strategize my approaches to giving college students profession recommendation. My private motivation to combine profession into my class curriculum is that it’s at all times a good way to make sure college students see the connections between the course content material and their future profession or persevering with additional training targets.
How do you combine profession into your course and what values and/or abilities do your college students acquire from collaborating in these assignments?
There are numerous methods for me to convey profession readiness into my programs. One of many examples is to ask visitor audio system. For instance, native employers assist make robust connections between course content material and real-world sensible purposes. As a matter of reality, my programs are principally associated to trendy energy techniques and renewable vitality integration, which include many theoretical formulations and high-dimensional matrices to construct the facility system modeling. It might be arduous for college students to know and appropriately apply the appropriate formulations to fixing a fancy drawback of their assignments, with out understanding how the issue may be virtually fastened within the good grid. To raised join the theoretical formulations with the real-world issues, I’ve invited native utility corporations and nationwide labs, for instance, Eversource Vitality, LANL, and Nationwide Grid, to present lectures on leveraging the challenges and resolution strategies for fixing optimum planning and operation associated issues within the trendy energy system. Likewise, I used to be additionally invited to present a lecture on Dr. Thomas Katsouleas’ s course ECE 3001 to indicate how the sensible transmission line works and the way the transmission line capability may be expanded with renewable vitality integration. The lecture went very nicely with robust optimistic suggestions obtained from college students. I bought a couple of emails later and a few college students have proven robust curiosity in implementing an influence system associated challenge and plan to pursue profession jobs within the energy system area. My skilled connections have facilitated my college students’ profession improvement and permit them to realize invaluable entry to the facility system and renewable vitality integration area.
One other instance is bringing case research into the classroom in partnership with native employers may be a wonderful means for college students to know how their educational studying applies to real-world issues. These tasks not solely elevate UConn expertise to native organizations but in addition assist college students develop project-based experiences that may add worth as they apply to graduate faculty or full-time employment.
Has turning into a Profession Champion impacted the way you give college students profession recommendation?
Since I give recommendation to college students day-after-day, it hasn’t modified too many to my approaches. Nevertheless, becoming a member of the Profession Champion Program is greater than only a skilled improvement alternative to me, it is usually altering the tradition on the UConn campus to help all of us to assume extra about methods to higher put together our college students for his or her future. It’s instilling the accountability that we play a important function in serving to our college students be as profitable as doable after they end faculty.
What recommendation would you give to a scholar who’s starting their profession improvement journey?
First, search out internship alternatives. Internships are at all times useful for college students to realize invaluable, hands-on expertise of their fields. College students can search internship alternatives via skilled connections from their professors. I consistently suggest many obtainable internship alternatives from both native utilities or nationwide labs to college students who’re . This helps college students, particularly those that don’t have an expert community. I bought to know 5 college students from my course ECE 3231 final Fall, and I’ve efficiently suggested and related them on acquiring internship and profession provides at corporations together with LANL, Eversource Vitality, ISO-New England, and Nationwide grid.
Second, consistently develop abilities and information. Employers are at all times searching for candidates with a variety of abilities. College students can take the assets and companies from UConn to increase their abilities and total information.
Third, get an early begin. To make sure college students get essentially the most out of their profession improvement, they need to begin searching for alternatives earlier than they graduate. College students are advisable to speak to their advisors or different professors to hunt strategies on discovering jobs that will be a superb match and related to the foremost.
Forth, get recommendation from Profession Middle at UConn. Getting recommendation from the Middle earlier than college students graduate may also help them jump-start their careers. The Middle can present college students with a wealth of knowledge, from drafting a resume to getting a job. They will additionally assist join with alumni within the corresponding fields.
Fifth, Hold the abilities up-to-date. When college students apply for a job or internship, they are going to seemingly be competing with different candidates. Subsequently, it’s of paramount significance to maintain the abilities up-to-date with varied know-how and business tendencies. This can assist college students acquire a bonus over different candidates and make them stand out to hiring managers.
There are numerous different strategies, for instance, pursue the fervour, at all times try for excellence and keep motivated, interact in on-line networking, attend networking occasions, contact latest graduates, actively search alternatives, and create alternatives.