Qianqian can only be described as a “rock star” in Silicon Valley lingo. She’s an only child and names her mother as her biggest inspiration. Her mother became a middle school teacher after losing the opportunity to go to university and taught Qianqian to never give up, even after her father suffered a cerebral hemorrhage and was hospitalized for months. Qianqian has worked part-time in various factories since graduating from primary school to help alleviate her parent's financial burden, saying: “I love my family and it’s my pride and biggest happiness doing something for them.”
Her passion for programming was sparked when she began learning it in primary school and she has been collecting awards in programming competitions ever since, often working through the night with her teams.
She has already published two papers with her professor on Swarm Intelligence Used in Wireless Sensor Networks and has one under review. “My most memorable experience this past year was participating in an international conference. It was the Fifth International Conference on Swarm Intelligence. I published a paper called An Improved Energy-aware Cluster Heads Selection Method for Wireless Sensor Networks Based on K-means and Binary Particle Swarm Optimization at this conference. It was the first time that I participated in an academic conference, did an academic report in English and answered questions from listeners.”
This past summer, she was an assistant engineer at an integrated circuits and communications equipment firm in Suzhou where she solved technical problems using machine learning technology.
To no one’s surprise, she was chosen as a candidate to enter the graduate collage of Southeast University without examination, majoring in signal and information processing. About her future, she writes: “I still want to work in electronic information or computer networks. During my graduate study, I will spend more spare time working as an intern. As an alternative, I want to be a teacher. These days I am learning some books about how to be a teacher and I will do the teacher certification exam in November of this year.” She still finds the time to pay it forward as the head of the Student Learning Department and tutor other students in Math, English, Physics, Chemistry and C++.
“To me, the scholarship has always been more about personal growth than its monetary value. The Yanxing program and the QZ Scholarship has made me realize that in the world, there is always more light than darkness, more warmth than cold, more happiness than sadness, and that a positive attitude is a choice, which can influence and energize others. Yin Yin told me that she wishes the scholarship can help me save some time with part-time work but have more time for things that can really help with my development. Indeed, since then I reduced tedious part-time jobs and only tutored younger students. During school vacation, I took classes on math modeling and electronic design. I also joined the university’s Lab of Computation Intelligence and Environmental Information Technology, from which I conducted research on swarm intelligence. I used a portion of the scholarship for books and electronic components for my research. Overall, Qian Zheng Memorial Scholarship really enables me to pursue more opportunities for individual development and motivates me to keep going. If I were not part of it, it might be difficult for me to finish school.”
In 2016-2017 school year, Qianqian attended some internship. During 2016.10-2017.1, she had been working as an intern in the Suzhou EastWonder company, in which her main work was to study the machine learning algorithm and its application in shortwave channel demodulation. From May of 2017, she started another internship in Mi. she is responsible for the maintenance and development of Mi's mobile phone system MIUI.
In 2017-2018 school year, Qianqian became part of Qian Zheng Memorial Scholarship program as a scholar mentor. She said that was her most memorable experience in the past school year. As a scholar mentor of WANG Rui, Qianqian had a series of pleasant communications with Rui. They developed a new productivity habit in 4 weeks, discussed communication preference & email etiquette, resume writing, networking & communication skills and personal needs. She said she felt lucky and happy to get the opportunity to meet the excellent scholar WANG Rui and to be a friend with her. In the last school year in university, Qianqian accomplished the project NEURAL NETWORK DEMODULATOR OF MPPSK SIGNAL OVER HF CHANNELS, which was about designing signal demodulators based on machine learning and deep learning. She received a master’s degree in engineering from Southeast University in June 2018.
“The most valuable thing for me is that being a Qian Zheng Memorial Scholar makes me more confident, more active and more positive. When I attended university in 2011, it was my first time experiencing in a big city. I felt a little unconfident at that time. Being a Qian Zheng Memorial Scholar was a kind of affirmation to me. Mentors and other scholars also gave me great encouragement. Those made a profound impact on me. Over the years, I have become brave enough to express my ideas and dare to do what I want to do.”