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ChE Alumna Discusses Career Journey

Pik Leng Wong, MS, Chemical Engineering, 2001 and BS, Chemical Engineering, 1999—Pik Leng Wong graduated from the Chemical Engineering BS/MS program in 2001. Pik Leng recently recounted her BS/MS experience at NU, with her Advisor Prof. Carolyn Lee-Parsons, and how it prepared her for her industrial career.

How has your Bachelor’s education at Northeastern prepared you for life after Northeastern?

 “Teamwork and outside-the-box thinking. Most of this came from my senior year, when we were in teams for the Design projects. The Malaysian schooling was very different from the U.S. way – very individualized and book-oriented. I had to learn how to work with a team (which consists of team members who work very differently) and had to think outside of a “book” to come up with solutions.”

How has your MS research prepared you for life after Northeastern?

 “During this time, I learned about patience and perseverance with the start-up of a new lab. I had to learn to take things as they come, be calm, and that everything will eventually turn out fine. Throughout my career, as I get projects/assignments that are out of my comfort zone/outside of my knowledge, my own self-experience assures myself that I’m capable to handle the project/assignment and therefore, to not be overwhelmed, take it one-step-at-a-time, and strategize. Basically, my MS research gave me the foundation of self-confidence.”

Pik Leng has been quickly promoted to Director, Global Biologics Portfolio Management Office at Sanofi. Thank you for sharing Pik Leng and congratulations on your success.

Learn more about the Chemical Engineering BS/MS Program.

Related Faculty: Carolyn W.T. Lee-Parsons

Related Departments:Chemical Engineering