The student handbook for the ETC students who entered in the program in August of 2021.
I come from Singapore and arrived at Carnegie Mellon in 2004 to study Computer Science as an undergraduate. Currently, I am a first year master student in the Entertainment Technology Center and I am having a blast working with people from all kinds of cultural, artistic and technological background.
Before coming to the States for my studies, I spent two and a half years as part of the compulsory military service for Singapore. For a year and a half, I was an officer managing about sixty people. It was a life changing experience for me. During that time, I learnt a lot about the do- s and don't-s of leadership. At the same time, I also gained practical experiences in organizing both military and non- military events.
As an undergraduate in Carnegie Mellon, I took a strong interest in Computer Graphics and Robotics. For about a year, I performed research in the field of High Dynamic Range imaging under the guidance of Professor Alexei (Alyosha) Efros. Our research topic was on the synthesizing of High Dynamic range environment maps from a single Low Dynamic Range image. I graduated from the School of Computer Science with a minor in Robotics and University Honors.
During one of my first few introductory lectures in Carnegie Mellon, Professor Randy Paush came in as a guest lecturer to talk about the Entertainment Technology Center. I remembered how he threw each of us a crayon and told us to close our eyes and smell it, asking us to remember the times when we had childhood dreams. He told us that it was still possible to realize those dreams. Although that lecture might not be as inspiring as his "Last Lecture", it still inspired me to chase after my dream. So here I am now, at the Entertainment Technology Center, striving after my dream.