International Spotlight: Jack (Sheng-Shin) Chu

Which program/department are you in?

The Robert M. Immerman Professional Fellows Program of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute. I am a Visiting Scholar.

Which country (or countries) do you come from?


How long have you been in the U.S.?

7 months.

What is your primary area of study or research?

Conduct the value of water resource at extreme climate crisis. Impact studies in Taiwan, or Southeast Asian countries.

Is there anything you’d like to share about your research or projects?

I visited a earthquake-resistant oil pipeline system in Alaska which was designed and constructed in 1970s and then survived the magnitude 7.9 earthquake in 2002. It's a perfect design and construction case. It inspired my research.

What do you like best about living in the U.S.?

I enjoy making new friends from multiple cultures and learning tons of new things in school.

What is the hardest thing about living here?

The living expenses are higher!

What do you know now that you wish you knew before coming here?

I wish I brought my hometown chili flavor with me.


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