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Graduate Student Profile - Current Student

Name: Han Wang
Hometown: Xi’an, Shaanxi Province, China
Prior Study: Mechanical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University
Degree Sought: MS Information Technology
Concentration: Database and Intelligent Systems
Department: Information Technology and Web Science
Year of Graduation: 2011
Current Position: Ph.D. student in Tetherless World Constellation, RPI

Why did you choose to enroll at Rensselaer?
I chose RPI primarily because of the ITWS program. On one hand, it offers students many concentration options, which are all well-defined and very industry-oriented. On the other hand, it provides good research opportunities for students to work in research labs, and they are therefore able to understand more about research and the academic career.

What are some benefits of being part of the Graduate Community at Rensselaer?
The greatest benefit for me is the resourceful and friendly faculty. A number of them helped me a lot with my course projects, internships, and became part of the reason that I chose to pursue a Ph.D. here.

What would you tell a prospective student about choosing Rensselaer?
RPI really puts itself in a position where it’s trying to make its students innovators who are able to solve real-world problems. It focuses on using the state-of-art technologies and combining cross-domain efforts to explore the most exciting topics. If you want to be a pioneer in Engineering and Technology, RPI is definitely the place for you.

Describe your graduate project and its purpose/applications?
I worked on a project called Mobile Applications – Technology/Architecture and Security Considerations for Deloitte in the Capstone course with three talented teammates. We conducted a great amount of research on the technologies involved in mobile application development. Our deliverable was a presentation deck that provided consulting advices for the Deloitte mobile team.

What are your plans following graduation?
I plan to work in a research organization in the IT industry to continue my research in my area of interest.

What are your hobbies/interests/special talents?
I am a sports fan, and I play basketball, tennis, and go snowboarding in the winter. I also play the piano and enjoy traveling across the world.

List Information about your background and accomplishments in College and Work Experience
I got a bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering from Beihang University in Beijing, China, and a Master’s degree also in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. After I came to RPI and join MSIT, I decided to continue with a Ph.D. in the Multidisciplinary Science program, where I have been working on Semantic Web and Knowledge Discovery.

Awards/Scholarships
Teaching Assistant, ITWS, August 2010 – May 2011.
Research Assistant, Fall 2011.
Founders Award for Excellence, RPI, October 2011.

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