Shan Cheng

Ph.D. Student

Why did you decide to come to the U.S. to pursue your degree and, specifically, how did you decide to come to Philly, Drexel, and materials?

I decided to pursue my Ph.D. degree in the U.S. because of the high quality of the education and the state-of-the-art research facilities here.

I majored in materials science and engineering, particularly polymers, in my undergraduate study. Materials are the building blocks of our life and I am really interested in how material structure-property is related and how it can function better to improve our lives. That's why I wanted to explore more in my graduate study.

The reason I chose Drexel is because the College of Engineering at Drexel is outstanding and, more importantly, there is an excellent faculty team as well as top-notch research facilities in materials science and engineering. Besides, Philly is a nice city with a good location, and more opportunity for both life and studies.

What are your favorite things about Philly?

The rich cultural life: there are so many things that you can enjoy in Philly, such as different museums, orchestra, cinemas, art gallery, historical sites, basketball games, and so on.

The food: Philly has all kind of food, Italian, Mexican, Mideast, et al. and there is also very good Chinese and Asian food here.

What is your typical schedule like during the week and weekend?

During the week, I mainly focus on research in the Soft Matter Research lab and doing course work.

During the weekend, I usually take a rest or maybe go out, such as go to movies, travel around, have dinner with friends, and so on.

What do you find are the biggest differences between your home country and the U.S.?

The culture is more diverse and people here in the U.S. are more open-minded compared with China.

What are your plans for after graduation?

Find a position in related materials (especially polymer) industry.

How do you feel your Drexel materials degree will prepare you for your post-graduation plans?

Both the reputation of Drexel's College of Engineering and the experience and techniques I learn in materials will help me be well prepared for future work.

Do you have any advice for international students looking to study in the U.S.?

Studying abroad is a precise experience where you can learn a lot of things that you have never learned before. However, it is important to know what the plan of your future career is and what you expect to get before applying for a degree and choosing a university.

From Luoyang, China

Year of Graduation: 2014

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