Di Wang ’11 says that Earlham’s excellent faculty were key to his success. In fact, the Nanjing, China, native referred to John Howell, professor emeritus of physics, as “my all-time idol and an everlasting source of motivation.”
Wang relates an experience from a recent job interview. “I was tested with all sorts of math problems, brain teasers, computer programming problems, behavioral questions, case analysis, even theories of special relativity and an untraditional question like ‘Can you explain the fundamental reason that makes the harvest moon look larger and brighter than the full moon?’” Despite the challenging nature of the questions, Wang enjoyed solving them and felt that his physics preparation helped him ace each one. He quickly attributes his success to the help and instruction of Earlham’s physics professors.
Could Wang achieve similar results from studying in the physics departments of other institutions? Yes, but he describes Earlham’s department as exceptional.
“I found no rivals when competing with Yale, Penn and NYU graduates, and I am deeply grateful for what Earlham’s physics department has given to me,” he states.
While an undergraduate at Earlham, Wang supplemented his physics coursework with minors in mathematics and economics. He also conducted summer research, served in the library and worked as a teaching assistant. When not involved in academic pursuits, he enjoyed playing intramural basketball. As an international student, he appreciated how his English speaking skills improved while on campus.
Following his graduation from Earlham, he interned with Gerry Cooper ’66 in Shanghai, working with a manufacturing company to help develop a more efficient and economical production process. He then attended graduate school in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Columbia University, earning a Master of Science degree in Operations Research. He recently accepted a new job as a management science consultant.
Di Wang 2011, Management Science Consultant
M.S., Columbia University; B.A., Earlham College
Hometown: Nanjing, China
Major at Earlham: Physics