Engineering Alumnus Builds Bridge Between China and UC San Diego
San Diego, CA, February 9, 2010 -- UC San Diego alumnus Junling Sun recently visited the UC San Diego campus to present a gift to support educational and outreach efforts of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2). Sun's gift was made in honor of UCSD's 50th anniversary. "There is a wise saying in China that three factors determine success," Sun said. "First, you must have what it takes; second, you must have opportunity; and third and most importantly, you need someone to help who creates opportunity for you. In my case, UCSD, and my mentor professor Frieder Seible, Dean of the Jacobs School of Engineering, provided me that opportunity and guidance. I feel I owe so much to UCSD."
Sun is the founding president of the UCSD Chinese Student and Scholars Alumni organization. Over the past year, he has been working to bring alumni together for dinners and symposia, and looks forward to the next gathering this March, when a delegation from UCSD and Global Connect visit Beijing.
Jun Zhou (left), president of the UCSD Chinese Students and Scholars Association with Junling Sun (right), president of the UCSD Chinese alumni organization.
One way that alumni can connect with UCSD is through the Jacobs School of Engineering's Team Internship Program, in which companies host multidisciplinary teams of two-to- five students to work together on defined projects. This summer, three UCSD student teams will work in China, including teams at SECI, Solar Power, Inc. and Qualcomm.
"There are several hundred people who have graduated from UCSD, and are now working on the front lines of industry in China," Sun said. "We can become a strong link between China and the United States through UCSD."
If you would like to become involved in the Chinese Student and Scholars Alumni association, update your contact information on the UCSD Alumni Association website and send email to Junling Sun at junlingsunusa AT sunengineering DOT cn.