International student dives into research, organizations
Making friends with American students was one of the most surprising, yet pleasant, things that have happened to Lingshuang Wu since she first came to the University of Missouri College of Engineering two years ago. Wu, who is a senior studying computer science through MU Engineering’s Coordinated Undergraduate Degree Program, said the Peer Mentoring Office helped her not only make those new friends, but also connected her with other Chinese students. And, they helped her adjust to the American culture.
“It has been more than two years, and we still keep going for dinners and parties together,” Wu said about the new friends she made through the peer mentoring program.
Wu’s research interests focus on cloud computing, Android programming and artificial intelligence.
“The initial part of my work was in image-based localization where I worked on code transformation from Matlab to Java,” Wu said. “I worked with Android for my undergraduate research. Then I with worked on one of the most emerging topics in computer science: cloud computing.”
Originally from Shandong University south of Beijing, Wu has gotten involved with engineering student organizations, including the computer science honor society Upsilon Pi Epsilon, where she serves as vice president, the Society of Women Engineers, and she volunteers as an engineering tutor and helps out at various MU Engineering events.
“Mizzou is very friendly and open to international students,” Wu said. “A lot of multicultural events make the campus unique.”