Organizer Intierview - Eddie Cho (Interviewed by Hyun-sun Seo)
HS - Can you give me a little bit of background on yourself?
EC - I was born and raised in the Bay Area. I was also born with one hand so I grew up having to adapt to a lot of activities. Both my parents own a dry cleaning business and my brother is in his senior year of high school. I went to UC San Diego and studied Mechanical Engineering while briefly working for the City of Carlsbad as a Design Engineer intern. After moving back to the Bay, I helped organize TEDx Embarcadero and am now working.
HS - What are you currently studying/researching/working on?
EC - I work as an Assistant Producer at CNET, which is a tech news and consumer electronics review website. I write editorials, manage software catalogs, and generally act as a jack of all trades. In my spare time I'm also an amateur music producer and am currently working on releasing an EP hopefully by the end of the year.
HS - What is/are your future career aspirations?
EC - I plan on working for a few years then either going to Business School or Film School, whichever my heart and resume dictates by that time. Till then, I’m just enjoying the ride =)
HS - What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
EC - I enjoy experimenting with music, running and hiking, surfing and snowboarding, travelling, and just generally having great conversations with people. And oh dear Lord I love eating. I also enjoy playing Street Fighter 4.
HS - Tell me something funny that has happened to you recently
EC - I'm sure something will happen during the conference ^_^
HS - How long have you been involved with KSEA/YGTLC?
EC - I briefly joined KSEA in SD back in 2008 and went to my first YGTLC in Seattle, 2011.
HS - What is your role as organizer for YGTLC 2012?
EC - I am part of the organizing masterminds for Team Competitions and Career Development panels.
HS - Why should one attend YGTLC 2012?
EC - YGTLC is a spirit filled, boundary pushing, engaging networking/conference experience. It brings together young professionals and students in science and engineering from across the country, continent, and even the world. Despite its name, the ethnic background value pales in comparison to the network you will build, the friendships you will make, and the exposure you will have to each participant’s current works and backgrounds. Why go to YGTLC? The stage is already set; you’ll be hard pressed to find a more engaging and challenging event during that time.
HS - Anything else you would like to share with YGTLC 2012 Participants?
EC - No matter what stage you are in life or career; whether you’re undergrad, grad, unemployed, working professional, I have firm confidence that this conference will move and inspire you. Even the sheer benefits of networking and leadership qualities you will start to foster is worth the trip to SF. Every participant has something to share and every participant has something to learn, whether they realize it or not. Take advantage of this wonderful pool of experiences and the open doors to mentorship, or sharing your own wisdom.