Zeyu Zhao

Zeyu Zhao

Title
Optical Engineer
Organization
Alcon Laboratories, Inc.
Location
Fort Worth, TX, United States
Zeyu Zhao
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Biography
I recently graduated from University of Rochester with a Bachelor's degree in Optical Engineering. Currently I'm working for Alcon Laboratories as an Optical Engineer. I'm mainly responsible for product development of our intraocular lenses for cataract patients. What I enjoy the most of my job is that I'm working on developing exciting medical products to help cataract patients restore their vision again.
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Answers by Zeyu Zhao

Dear Elizabeth, thank you for taking the initiatives to contact me!  I'm so happy that you are interested in engineering.  Different engineers actually could do very different tasks every day.  My role is an optical engineer and I work a lot of with an optical software called Zemax.  I use it to simulate optical system performance without putting any physically systems together yet.  This helps me eliminate poor designs and optimize for the best one based on my budget.  I also work with a lot of Mechanical Engineers and Software Engineers.  Mechanical engineers work in labs a lot putting the systems I design in computer together.  Software engineers write script to automate the system and connect the system with human through the software interface they write.  It's good that you are challenging yourself with higher science courses.  You can also check out the engineering programs at your local colleges.  They sometimes have summer camps to have high school students come and live on college campus for a couple of months and shadow the engineering labs there.   I know my college (University of Rochester) had this program for high schoolers, so I'm sure Atlanta should have one too.  Let me know if you have more questions later!  Best of luck to you in finding the best plan for yourself!

Dear Ariana,  I'm really sorry in my late response as I was on business travels last month.  I'm so happy that you applied to University of Rochester!  They have a great engineering school there.  I actually majored in Optical Engineering during my study there.  Both Optical and Biomedical Engineering (BME) majors actually share the same academic building for classes, so I got to work with a good number of BME students.  We are fortunate to have Strong Memorial Hospital as a part of the Rochester education system, so there are a lot of cool research programs and projects going on in collaboration with BME department.  My advice to any students majoring in engineering, female or male, is to get an internship or a research project with a professor.  Mentors will guide you through your career growth.  This is extremely important.  I started looking for a professor to work with since Day 2 of my freshman year.  Just simply ask them what they do and see if you have interests in their research projects.  Also it's okay to not like a research project after working on it.  It's good to find out what you don't like early on so you can narrow down what research motivates you.  Another advice for you is to work with your classmates.  Engineering homework require a lot of team collaboration and brainstorming sessions.  It's beneficial to work together as a team to help each other.  Also you can consider becoming a Teaching Assistant (TA).  Teaching others new things enhance your understanding of certain concepts.  Finally, remember to have fun!  You are about to go into the best four years of your life, so make the best of it.  Branch out to make friends with all background.  Best of luck to you Ariana.  Let me know when you hear back from Rochester!