ESSE Technician Jennifer Gao: An Interview

Full name: Yuan Gao, but you can call me Jennifer, because it is easier to pronounce.

What is your educational background? I have a bachelor’s degree in Electronics Engineering back in China.

What is your favorite part of ESSE labs? I have a lot of favorite parts, as I enjoy my job a lot. I like talking to professors and always learning something new. Also, I like seeing students everyday, as they approach graduation. It makes me feel younger and brings me back years and years ago, to the times when I was a university student myself.

What is your most memorable project? I always find it exciting to make things work. My most memorable project was back in China, something that nobody has done before in the country. It was a complicated RF reader system used at an airplane to guide it.

Favorite building at York? I’ve only been to Petrie and Bergeron, but Bergeron is my favorite!

What’s your pet peeve? I don’t like wasting time listening to something I am not interested in—for example, at meetings.

Favorite quote? If you want to reach your goal, you have to move, no matter in which direction, and not just think about it.

Favorite color? Red.

Favorite food?  Fries and sea food.

Favorite movie? “Gone with the Wind” and “Roman Holiday” with Audrey Hepburn.

What do you do in your free time? I like reading a lot. If the weather is nice, I go outside to the park… With the book!

If you could be any age, which age would you choose? I don’t care about the age, as long as I’m healthy and can take care of myself.


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