Jingrong Wang

Computer Science, Master’s graduate

Jingrong Wang stands on a rocky treed hillside with smoke hanging over the scene.
Jingrong Wang experiences wildfire smoke during a trip to Banff National Park.

Jingrong Wang left a lasting impression on many faculty members and staff during her time at UVic Computer Science.

Not only did Wang win an award for the top Master’s thesis on campus and receive much praise for her work, she also found time to create sketches for many of her UVic instructors.

A cartoon-type drawing of Wang wearing convocation gear, along with her professor and three family members
One of Wang’s many drawings – this one of her, Professor Pan and her family at the fall convocation ceremony.

“I really like sketching and doodling, and most of the drawings on my webpage are for UVic professors and alumni,” said Wang, who received the Lieutenant Governor’s Silver Medal earlier this year. “I have to say that I had a wonderful Master’s program at UVic.”

Choosing UVic

Before coming to UVic in 2017, Wang earned an undergraduate degree in engineering in her home country, China. She chose UVic for her graduate work because her supervisor, Prof. Jianping Pan, has extensive expertise in advanced computer networks and distributed systems. She was also drawn to the work of his research group PANDA (Parallel, Networking and Distributed Applications).

Wang’s thesis focused on intelligent mobile networks with “edge computing,” a paradigm that brings computation and data storage closer to the location they’re needed in order to improve response times and save bandwidth. She also worked on edge servers mounted to unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to serve dynamic computation demands.

Wang had particular praise for the research guidance provided by Prof. Pan and by supervisory committee member, Prof. George Tzanetakis. She says she also received a lot of support from department staff, especially graduate secretary Wendy Beggs and receptionist Kath Milinazzo.

Learning beyond campus

But her learning and experiences at UVic went far beyond academics.

“UVic and my supervisor provided students like me with all kinds of opportunities, from serving local communities to attending international conferences, which undoubtedly developed my communication and leadership skills,” said Wang.

Though she’s no longer at UVic, Wang fondly recalls her time on campus, including the many hours spent in the McKinnon swimming pool and working out in CARSA.

“I really appreciated the people I met there,” she says. “During weekends and term breaks, the PANDA lab regularly organized outdoor activities, like barbeques at Cadboro-Gyro Park, downtown cherry blossom viewing, going for an outing in the Duncan and Chemainus areas, and hiking in Goldstream and Lone Tree Hill.”

After graduating, Wang began a PhD at the University of Toronto, working on online network optimization, with a special focus on distributed machine learning.

“Jingrong has been a gift to UVic and a role model for UVic students – especially women, minority and international students, ” said her supervising professor, Pan.

“Now she’s an ambassador for UVic,” he added. “I trust that she will very much excel in the East as she has here, while we in the West can continue to appreciate her success."

To learn more about Wang’s research – and see more of her sketches – visit her webpage.

2020Sep11 AT

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