Why did you decide to move to the United States?
Working in China at a foreign news agency (Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun) – is difficult. China and Japan have a history since WWII. Arranging interviews with Chinese government officials and ordinary Chinese people is difficult. After a few years, I felt my job was getting much more difficult. Meanwhile, my parents moved to the United States, and they obtained a green card for me. I decided to move to the United States and get a new start on everything.
Why did you decide to attend City College of San Francisco?
At first, I tried looking for openings in the Chinese media. I had a few interviews but wasn’t satisfied with the offers. So, I decided to attend City College and improve my English first. I found they have a pretty good Linux program and an internship.
At the Lab, you work with the new Perlmutter supercomputer. Could you describe what you do and its challenges?
I do two things. I sit in a control room to monitor the system. We need to contact engineers to deal with the issue if we see an alert. I also design software for our new monitoring system. The open-source software community is pretty active. To keep up, I must keep learning new stuff and figuring out what fits. I feel I need to spend more time and effort learning the skills compared to my colleagues who might have spent time in college learning basic computer science knowledge.