Youming grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma after coming to the U.S. from China at the age of eleven. He is a National Merit Scholar, a Mutlticultural Engineering Program scholarship recipient, and he is on the President’s honor roll. He has always been interested in technology and engineering, but was unsure of the route he wanted to take. In high school Youming enjoyed Math classes and took AP Programming (Introduction to Java) which eventually led him to pursue a degree in Computer Science.
Youming’s academic achievements qualified him for the accelerated degree program in Computer Science. He graduated with his B.S. in Spring 2013 and his M.S. in Summer 2013. He chose the University of Oklahoma because it is close to home and he enjoys the atmosphere of the campus. Moreover, he likes that the School of Computer Science is located in a new facility with the latest technology, Devon Energy Hall. Youming likes how available and helpful CS faculty members and graduate students are. His favorite part of the program is the research opportunities as well as the theoretical aspect of the subject. Another positive aspect of CS for him is how diverse the population is and how involved the students are through many associations. Youming is involved in the Society of Asian Professional Engineers through the local chapter for the Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers.
Outside of the classroom Youming had the opportunity to do a couple internships; one was with Cerner (a healthcare software company) and one was with a private company with government grants in which Youming created software that would improve the efficiency of traffic lights. After receiving his M.S. degree Youming will take a position with IBM.
Youming’s hobbies include volunteering, animé and traveling. Youming is also fluent in three languages: English, Mandarin, and Cantonese.