My Thoughts Post-Plus3 China

Today’s featured image is a pink rose from the Temple of Heaven in Beijing. Ethical Issues in My Profession: As an engineer, ethical issues are always a concern. The solutions that engineers develop touch the lives of millions of people, like the Microsoft Office package and TE Connectivity’s electronics components. People around the world incorporate…

The Final Day in a Garden in May: Days 13 and 14

Scene opens on a warm, sunny morning Another warm, sunny morning smiled upon us as we ventured towards the Yuyuan Garden. Our guide for the day was standing at the front of the bus regaling us with interesting information, but feeling the exhaustion of the trip’s packed days and evenings weighing on me, I furiously…

Engineering Innovation – TE Connectivity and DuPont: Day 12

The bright, warm sun greeted us as we finished up our breakfasts, boarded the bus, and headed to our first company visit of the day – TE Connectivity. My four-person group researched TE Connectivity as a part of our pre-departure presentation. As we found in our research, TE produces components and sensors for electronics, including…

Sailing Away at Yangshan Deep Water Port – Day 11

Swimming in the Deep End Today’s adventure took us to Yangshan Deep Water Port, the world’s biggest container port. On the bus ride to the port, speaker Mac Sullivan works as the Greater China Trade Lane Manager (Transpacific) for Toll Global Forwarding, a logistics company that deals with international freight forwarding and supply chain management….

Back to School at Donghua University – Day 10

Our travels today took us to Donghua University not far from the hotel. Driving through the campus, it wasn’t very large or flamboyant; it had what the school needed – dorms, dining halls, classrooms and lecture halls, recreational and sports centers – but it seemed comfortable and conducive to a university setting. We were led…

A Tale of Two Cities – Shanghai: Day 9

Waking up bright and early, the group made its way to the Xi’an rail station. The six-hour train ride was generally uneventful. I bought a waffle with blueberries and cheese at Caffe Bene in the station, as well as what Sophie is calling “grass milk.” We thought the grass milk was the drinkable yogurt that…

A Formidable Formation of Fighters and Foreigners – Day 8

Warriors for the Ages Our last day in Xi’an brought us to one of China’s most legendary landmarks of late – the Terracotta Warriors. The weather app on my phone hasn’t updated since May 3rd, so my shorts and t-shirt contradicted what was apparently a gray, gloomy day that threatened chill and light rain. Passing…

Venturing to the Farther Reaches of Xi’an – Day 7

A scenic bus ride through the city and the outskirts of Xi’an wound through tree-lined roads near fields, through a university district also near fields, and through stretches of road adorned with tents and vendors and mountains of fresh, red cherries. Along the way, we passed a lone Ferris wheel looming above the fields and…

And I’m Sitting Here on (the Ancient) Capitol Hill – Xi’an: Day 6

My morning consisted of riding on a high-speed train, reaching speeds up to 300 km/h (187 mph), from Beijing to Xi’an. The ride mostly involved sleeping, eating, and staring at people, the train, and the rural and urban landscape. I also played an app game with Nilaani and Athena. Six hours later, we emerged from…

Off to Work – Cheetah Mobile and Microsoft: Day 4

“Make the World Smarter” Today was our first day of company visits. First, we boarded our beloved bus and drove across Beijing to Cheetah Mobile, an app software company. Cheetah Mobile produces cell phone utility apps, games, and other content apps. Upon our arrival, we saw a fairly modern building with a sizable lawn sprinkled…

The Great Wall – Ancient Icon in the Modern World: Day 2

Refreshed from ten hours of sleep that broke through the jet lag and motion sickness, I ate my first breakfast in China. Our hotel – the Pentahotel in Beijing – served foods from rice to muffins to dragonfruit. After struggling to eat the slice of slippery, soft dragonfruit with chopsticks, I finally used a fork…

My Thoughts Pre-Plus3 China

My International Experience To date, my international experience has included: Family vacations to Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic; Riviera Maya in Mexico; Toronto and Niagara Falls, Canada; London, England, United Kingdom; Paris, France; Brussels, Belgium; and Rome, Florence, and Venice in Italy. When I was much younger, I traveled to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, where my…

Meet Plus3 China 2017!

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…