For December’s #WIAAWednesday, we would like to spotlight a very special board member who has put in a lot of hard work to make this a successful semester for WIAA. This month’s #WIAAWednesday highlights our Graduate Student Liaison, Wanyi Ng!
Wanyi Ng completed her undergraduate studies in Mechanical Engineering at Duke University and is currently a graduate student in Aerospace Engineering here at the University of Maryland. Her research at the Alfred Gessow Rotorcraft Center is focused on advancing electric propulsion for rotorcrafts. She is also a Pathways Intern at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, where she works on space propulsion. During her academic career, she has received multiple awards like the 20 Twenties Award from Aviation Week, the Minta Martin Fellowship from UMD, and University Scholars Program from Duke University.
Wanyi’s Words of Wisdom: “I’ve learned that it’s important not to sacrifice mental and physical health for school or work. Those are the true long-term investments that matter in a lasting and successful career. For example, we can have decades left to learn about irreversible flow, but not getting enough sleep is irreversible too.
If you ever think you’re not good enough, remember that it was your hard work that got you where you are now, and you deserve to be here. Even if you fail, you deserve the chance to learn from your mistakes. I try to remind myself that it doesn’t matter how other people view me, as long as I’m giving my best effort to become who I want to be.
I have found that it’s helpful to ask trusted mentors, advisors, supervisors, etc. for feedback and suggestions. It opens up any reservations they might have about giving constructive criticism or advice, and I’m repeatedly surprised to hear positive feedback in areas where I had been doubting myself. A lot of encouragement remains unsaid because people in the field forget how important that encouragement was for them when they were starting out.”
Did you know?: Wanyi dances with a professional part-time dance company called DC Contemporary Dance Theater.