Final Summary

Ethical Issues in My Profession Electrical engineering is innovation at the forefront of technology, and it comes with a significant number of ethical issues. After visiting smartphone companies, learning about data, and experiencing the country-wide dependence on weChat firsthand, I’ve realized that cyber security and the protection of people’s data is crucially important when designing…

Day 13: Reflections

              Our last day in China was our first cultural visit in Shanghai. We visited the Yu Garden, which was a beautiful and well-preserved area in the city. Like many other cultural sites, the undertones of it being an opium house were more than outweighed by the gorgeous architecture. The garden has all of the…

Day 12: From the States to China

Today began with another company visit, to Delphi. By now, I’ve gotten the hang of dressing business casual and knowing what to expect from presentations. However, Delphi had a surprise for us! Our presented actually did graduate research at Pitt and worked under the mechanical engineering advisor. His story is interesting, because he loved learning…

Day 11: Logistics

              Today we got a tour guide named Mac, who grew up in the States but now lives and works in Shanghai in the forwarding industry. On the but he talked to us about logistics and stayed with us through the company visit and port visit. At Ocean East International Logistics we learned about how…

Day 10: The French Quarters

              Today we visited the Shanghai university, ECUST, and learned more about Chinese culture and about business in China. We ate lunch in their canteen, and the food is surprisingly cheap. It only cost $3 for a plate of about 30 dumplings, which was surprising considering how urban the area is. I’ve learned that Chinese…

Day 9: The Shanghai Skyline

              On the train ride to Shanghai I mostly slept, but my group also discussed our business idea with Professor Li. The big takeaway was that we need to figure out a way to make our business sustainable, so that competitors don’t take away our customers. One way to combat this was to make a…

Day 8: Shopping!!!

              Today we visited the terracotta warriors, which was very interesting to see. I hadn’t realized that so many of them were destroyed, since only the first room is ever really in the media. Just like the temple of heaven, it’s an amazing feat but it’s slightly off-putting to enjoy because you know it’s involved…

Day 7: Exploring Xi’an

              For breakfast today, I tried tomatoes with cheese on top, and it was delicious. Then, we went as a group to Sun Village. It felt a bit weird for me that we were just walking through it watching them – it felt a bit like inaction, but it was educational to see. From the…

Day 6: Xi’an Markets

Today started out on a lower note, as some members of our group got sick and have to stay in Beijing for a couple more days to recover. The rest of us travelled to the train station for our first experience with the famous bullet trains. I’ve ridden the Amtrak before, so I expected the…

Day 5: How the Chinese Do It

              Today we went to Tiananmen Square, which I found to feel very similar to Washington, D.C. It was spread out and there were many landmark buildings with tourists crowded around them. It was also interesting to see that most of the tourists there were Chinese, which made sense as I thought about the fact…

Day 4: Company Culture

              Today we visited Sunshine Insurance Group, and they were nothing like the tall skyscraper-based businesses I had expected from Beijing. In fact, the campus was based on the architectural style of a European university. This was the first thing I’ve seen that’s in a western model, as the streets of Beijing mainly feature elaborately…

Day 3: Meeting Chinese Students

              Today we visited a university in Beijing, CUFE. I definitely felt like a foreigner when the students looked at the group of us walking through the hallways, but I can understand it because if a group from their college walked through Swanson, we’d probably react in the same way. We sat in on a…

Day 2: The Great Wall

              This morning was filled with excitement and anticipation – at more than just the pork buns at breakfast. We were going to see the Great Wall! On the bus ride over, I learned about the ring road structure of Beijing, which I found very different than the gridded structure of the cities I’m familiar…

Day 1: First Impressions

Beijing is an enormous city. I expected it to be big; but even just from looking through the airplane window, I could see buildings that stretched further than I could see. As the plane landed, I noticed that the skyscrapers were grouped, with 5 or 6 in each section. Everything in Beijing seems to be…

Alana Dee: Pre-Departure Report

My international experience to date is: slightly above average. I have been abroad a few times, the first of which I remember was travelling to China at age 4 to adopt my sister. Since then, I’ve been to Singapore and the Philippines, in both instances to visit family. I have yet to see traditional abroad…

From PA to China

Hi! My name is Alana Dee, and I’m originally from Allentown, PA. In fall 2018, I’ll be a sophomore at the University of Pittsburgh. I’m an electrical engineering major, with an intended concentration in signal processing. I’m involved with my local chapters of IEEE and Society of Women Engineers at Pitt. Outside of engineering, my interests…

Meet Plus3 China 2018!

Welcome to the China Plus3 Study Abroad Program! Each year, a group of freshman engineering and business students will conduct a 2-week field study in several cities China. The field study includes company visits, sightseeing, and lectures in China, and the students will learn about international dimensions of engineering, business, and culture. Each student will…