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Evan Wang (May 1999 - September 1999)

Name: Evan Wang

School: Washington University in St. Louis

Major: Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering

Co-op period: January - August 1998 & May - September 1999

Current school/company and what you do:
Software Consultant
Tiger Team Consulting based out of Fairfax, VA. I currently am working on a Department of Defense contract building software for the government.

Current Location:
Washington, DC

How would you describe your overall experience as a co-op with Hunter?

Excellent. Once Hunter realized that co-ops weren't just helpless college students, they really started giving me great work. I moved from my desk in the garage to a cube just like all of the other engineers. I honestly think I got the most exposure during my Hunter co-op than anywhere else I would have worked. Learning from working engineers was just as good if not better than learning from my professors. I had a lot of fun and would do it again if I had the chance.

What was the interview process like?

Uh, don't remember. I'm sure I was really really nervous. One thing that I did not like about the interview was the drug test. That was the first and last one I've taken. Obviously, I passed, but I think that might scare some people away. I know you don't want drugees working there, but chances are, if they are doing well in school and they don't seem too shady in the interview, they'll make it through the nine months. It just seems like a waste of money.

What did you do?
I built the first prototype of a hand-held measurement tool. This means that I started with the design all the way to the constructing of the tool. I got to pick out parts, put them together, and program the microprocessor. I even got to use the heavy duty tools in the Hunter model shop to fabricate the metal pieces that I needed.

Would you do it again?

What did you like?
Nice people. Relatively small company felt like I got more attention than a bigger company.

What did you not like?

I definitely didn't like the dress code. Nowadays so many companies are going casual or business casual, the tie seems old-fashioned. Another way to attract more co-ops is to possibly pay a lot more money. I think that's a big concern of many struggling college students especially if they have to live away from school/home for the summer.

Some of the monotonous work was boring. I hated testing things because I feel like a co-op program should be beneficial to the student just as much as it is for the company. I felt like they should take advantage of smart and eager people instead of boring them to death with testing. I understand that it needed to get done, but I hated it. I think I did a lot less testing than some of the co-ops before me though. People tell other people about their experience, and boring work doesn't help Hunter attract more co-ops.

I also thought the hours could have been more flexible. I haven't had set hours at any other job since my co-op. I guess it would not be good for co-ops to work late into the night when nobody else is there, but a little flexibility would have been nice.

Did you learn anything?
Yes. I learned a lot. I didn't know anything about how products are made or how commercial software was created. That's what I think was the best thing to learn.

Did the experience help you in your career?
Probably. It did at first for sure. I'll stress the importance of learning how things get done in the real world. Just learning about a code repository or how to interact with people in the factory was important.

Did it help you in any job interviews?
Yes. I can't tell you the number of times I was asked to describe a project that I worked on. Every time I told them about the prototype that I worked on at Hunter.

What was the dress code?
Shirt and tie.

Was the work more individual or group work and how does it compare with what
you are doing today?

I think it was more individual. I had to talk to people for help, but I wasn't working with other co-ops since I was the only EE co-op. I work more in groups and my peers today.

What are the pros/cons of working in Saint Louis? (Maybe compare it to where you
are now)

For me, I went to school in St. Louis, so it was perfect. I got to hang out with all of my friends after work. It might get a little boring if you don't know anyone, but that's the same with any city. There are enough things to do to keep you entertained for the summer. If all else fails, play golf with Dave Voeller.

What were your living arrangements during co-op?
I was living in my apartment that I was living in during school.

How was the supervision?
My supervisor during my first co-op was Steve Molbach. Dave was my supervisor for my 2nd co-op. They both were pretty good.

Anything else you'd like to tell us about yourself?
No additional education. Some people might find it interesting that I've worked for three different companies since I've been there in 2000.