China: Quest to Rediscover Heritage

Hello! My name is David Chan, and I am from Wayne, PA. Next fall, I will be a sophomore at the Swanson School of Engineering. I am pursuing a degree in Bioengineering and a certificate in the Conceptual Foundations of Medicine. At the University of Pittsburgh, I am a member of the Biomedical Engineering Society. Also, I will be researching at the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine this summer. My outside interests include music, drawing, ultimate frisbee, and rock climbing.

I believe Plus3 China is a wonderful opportunity to learn about engineering and business and its application on a global scale while being able to learn and experience a different culture. The focus on the smartphone industry in China appeals to me because I believe biomedical technology can be integrated into smartphones, like being able to diagnose a cancerous mole with an iPhone. This would increase the access to healthcare around the world, especially in rural areas. By going to China, I hope to learn about the process of how a phone is developed, manufactured, and shipped throughout the global market. I also hope to learn from interdisciplinary teams on how they create such a powerful device like a smartphone on a global scale.

In addition, I will be given the chance to discover China’s rich cultural and historical background. It has been over a decade since I last visited Mainland China, and I cannot wait to return. I am very excited to learn more about the history of my ancestors and be exposed daily to Chinese Mandarin, the national dialect. I am especially excited to visit the Great Wall and the Terracotta Warriors. Plus3 China will allow me to reconnect with my roots and compare the Chinese lifestyle with my American upbringing.

Plus3 China is a unique opportunity that will allow me to continue to expand my horizons, both professionally and personally. While learning more about engineering and business on a global scale, I can appreciate another country’s culture and history at the same time. This opportunity will help me understand what it means being an engineer, let alone a person, in an increasingly globalized world.



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