Author: Shiqiang

This semester marks the fourth semester since I joined Water IGEP program, and I was fortunate to have the chance to take this interdisciplinary course “Water for Health Seminar.” Though every week I was swamped by all kinds of graduation-related …

My Personal Reflection by Taking the Water for Health Seminar Read More »

This year, I was fortunate to attend WaterJAM 2018 again at Virginia Beach. Although there was a hurricane approaching, I still made it to the convention center with three of my friends. The hurricane supposed to land in North Carolina, …

Presenting My WaterIGEP Research on WaterJAM 2018 Read More »

I was honored to be selected again in this year’s GSA Research Symposium as a poster presenter, and this year I presented my WaterIGEP project titled “Modelling-Assisted Evaluation of Free Heat Recovery from Water via Thermoelectric Generator”. Considering this was …

Presenting My WaterIGEP Research on 34th GSA Research Symposium Read More »

This week’s reading material “The Mask” brings me some fresh ideas about the using the sophisticated mask to bypass ethics, conscience, and personal responsibility. Considering myself as both a scientist and an engineer, I can totally relate to the statement …

The Mask for Scientists and Engineers Read More »

In my previous post, I talked about the perverse incentives in current academia based on Dr. Edwards paper. To me, I feel like it is of critical need to adopt a more intellectual and reasonable evaluating system or quantitative metrics. The …

Self-adapted Evaluation System Read More »

In this modern world, we are expected to be a multi-task person accomplishing different goals efficiently. Take myself as an example, being an PhD student in engineering, I’m expected to supervise three master plus one visiting PhD students, act as …

Practice helps you deal with digital distractions Read More »

Recently, I read Dr. Edwards’s paper entitled “Academic Research in the 21st Century: Maintaining Scientific Integrity in a Climate of Perverse Incentives and Hypercompetition” on the special issue of Environmental Engineering Science. This article focuses on the rising of perverse incentives in …

Competitive Academia and Perverse Incentives Read More »

For the past few weeks, we watched several short videos about animals and how they stand up for their survival. These make me think about our actions when facing the exact same situation. Yes, we are much smarter than them, …

Stop Overthinking and Take Action Read More »

Academia is becoming a grueling place that typically requires so much effort with not equally payback (most of the time). I gradually realize this point in my PhD study witnessing all my seniors trying to secure a post-doc or faculty …

Competitiveness Is Not Your Excuse Read More »

Last month, I learned that a previous VT professor, Dr. Yiheng Zhang, was arrested due to scamming National Science Foundation (NSF).<1> Dr. Zhang was accused of using already completed projects (in China) to apply funding from NSF. Moreover, once received …

Professional misconduct in academia Read More »