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Zhe Sun, M.A.Sc. '14

(Electrical Engineering) | Plant a Tree in University

Zhe Sun’s love of computer technology began at the age of 7, when he started coding Chinese characters using a special input method. As a teenager, he expanded that love to include both computer hardware and software, so decided to study Electrical Engineering.

After earning his Bachelor’s degree from China’s Shandong University in 2012, he came to McMaster to continue his studies. In 2014, he graduated with a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering.

While at McMaster, Sun played a key role on the formula hybrid racing team, a position that helped him earn his first job at an electronics company in Vancouver.  Over nearly four years with that company, he moved from an engineering role into a project manager position.

“Because of my Mandarin language skills, I began managing the company’s contract with its Chinese manufacturer. And with supply chain management experience, I started to manage projects on a bigger scope,” he explains.

Now back in China, Sun is employed as a program manager with EZVIZ Inc., an Internet of Things (IoT) company specializing in home security cameras.

“I’m responsible for defining the product requirements and project-managing the R&D team to deliver the project time in time and in budget,” he says. “I’m also deeply involved in implementing Artificial Intelligence (AI), like face recognition technology, into electronics products. I’m super excited to benefit every family’s life with the cutting edge technology.”

Recognizing the impact his school activities had on his career, Sun urges students to try out different things while in school.

“The more you try, the more you find out about yourself and the world. The earlier you try, the more you can do in your later life,” he says.

“Steve Jobs became a guru in the electronics industry partly because he was already familiar with the industry in middle school. Remember the compounding effect. If you start to plant a tree at university, time will reward you later in your professional life.”