Despite being only 20 George Chen has lived and studied in four different continents, including Europe and Africa. Now, in his second year at Arizona State University
(ASU), the avid baker explains what's so great about electrical engineering.
Why did you pick engineering as your degree?
When I was younger, I was constantly tinkering and designing things, beginning with building model rockets. By the time I was 12, the rockets that I was assembling had evolved to computers. What had intrigued my 12-year old self the most about building computers was that alone, the pieces were simply a compilation of solid forms. However, running electricity through these solid forms allow them to process data, display images, and most importantly, play games. This fascination with the components of computers is what led me to major in electrical engineering.
Why did you pick Arizona?
A combination of cost and the prestige of the engineering school
What's the best thing about your course?
I think it is really interesting to learn about how the computers that have fascinated me for so long function. My classes in semiconductor physics have taught me how n-type or p-type doping affects the flow of electrons in silicon substrates and how that affects silicon chips at the transistor level. On the other hand, my circuits classes have taught me the transistor configurations needed to amplify signals and create digital manifestations of Boolean logic.
Have you participated in any research?
Yes. I worked on a project for ultra high sensitivity strain sensing for semiconductor chips. The project uses a laser and polymer grating to be able to measure strain on a semiconductor chip when thermal strain is induced to a silicon chip.
Where have you interned?
I did a summer research program with Arizona State University and this upcoming summer I have an internship with Texas Instruments.
What's your dream job?
I'm not sure how I'd describe my dream job but working for a large engineering company with a stable job would be nice.
What's the one thing you wish you'd known before you started your degree?
I'm not really sure. It'll probably be easier to answer this after I'm through with school.
What next after graduating?
After getting my bachelor's in electrical engineering, I plan on pursuing a master's in electrical engineering and after that I would like to start working in industry.