Magazine article ASEE Prism

Diy Enthusiast - in It and at Home

Magazine article ASEE Prism

Diy Enthusiast - in It and at Home

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Brian Cheung works in ASEE's IT department, supporting several Defense Department-sponsored fellowship programs and the Office of Assessment, Evaluation, & Institutional Research.

As with many people, Brian's path to his current station was not direct, starting with an uprooting he resisted at the time -a move from his hometown of Dallas to the San Francisco Bay area. "It was a huge culture change! And it was during the already awkward period of being in eighth grade, and then I was moving into an area with a new group of kids who had established friendships." Ultimately he adjusted, coming to appreciate the different opportunities provided by San Francisco and the region's geographic diversity.

Another unexpected relocation followed. He hoped to attend Georgetown University, but inadvertently applied to-and got accepted by-George Washington University's early admission committal program. After getting a rather large packet in the mail from GW, he realized that he was headed to Washington after all, albeit several blocks east of where he had originally intended. He has no regrets, though, noting that, among other things, it was at GW where he met his future wife.

Like a number of people in IT, Brian is self-taught. "I got a degree in criminal justice and wanted to become an attorney, but realized after some internships that law is not a good profession for idealists," he recalls. He gravitated to the nonprofit sector and found himself deeply involved in marketing and communications, but it wasn't professionally fulfilling. …

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