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登上了 ICS 系友焦點 (Alumni Spotlight)

有幸登上了 UC Irvine ICS 的系友焦點 (Alumni Spotlight)。在準備回覆內容的時候,想起自己沈迷網路與電腦遊戲的那段日子,竟然已經是二十年前了!其實大學申請入學時,我並不確定自己的興趣,只有一個單純的念頭:念什麼系可以保證讓我繼續用電腦(打電動)?當時的我自學了一些網頁架站技術,但充其量只是個 Script Kid,對於程式設計一無所知;畢業後受預官訓時,很多同梯都在準備出國申請,但當時我並不覺得自己有一天會出國唸書或工作;沒想到一轉眼,在美國就快要待滿十年了,現在居住的地方也比台北更像是我第二個故鄉。我只能感謝身邊不斷有貴人扶助,以及自己的勇氣,讓我能夠在人生旅途上接連遇到綠點

Alumni Spotlight: Game Play Sparks Software Engineering Career for Jun-Wei Lin

As a young teenager in Taiwan, Jun-Wei Lin enjoyed playing King of Kings, a MUD [multi-user dungeon] text-based online game. But the game was more than just a pastime. It sparked a fascination with computing that put Lin on the path to becoming a software engineer.

Lin went on to earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees in computer science from National Tsing Hua University, and he landed an IT job in government. Then, in 2013, he enrolled in the Ph.D. program at National Taiwan University. While at NTU, he joined an interdisciplinary research project called i5k Workspace@NAL and became a research intern at the National Agriculture Library in Maryland. He helped build a data hub and software tools for bioinformatics scientists to submit, search, visualize and annotate insect genome data. After the internship, he returned to Taiwan and decided to transfer to UC Irvine, where — advised by Professor Sam Malek — he earned his Ph.D. in software engineering from the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences (ICS).

Here, Lin talks about his journey from playing games in Taiwan to becoming a Site Reliability Engineering team member for MGM Resorts International.

在台灣,青少年時期的林喜歡玩《萬王之王》,這是一個 MUD 遊戲,但這款遊戲不僅僅是消遣,還激發了他對計算機的熱愛,讓林踏上了成為軟體工程師的道路。

林先後在國立清華大學獲得了計算機科學學士和碩士學位,並在政府機構找到了一份 IT 工作。2013 年,他在國立台灣大學就讀博士,在台大期間,他加入了一個名為 i5k Workspace@NAL 的跨學科研究項目,並成為馬里蘭州國家農業圖書館的研究實習生。他幫助建立了一個數據中心和軟體工具,供生物資訊學家提交、搜索、可視化和註釋昆蟲基因組數據。實習結束後,他回到台灣,決定轉到加州大學爾灣分校,在 ICS 學院獲得了軟體工程博士學位,師從 Sam Malek 教授。

在這裡,林談到了他從台灣玩遊戲到成為美高梅國際酒店集團 (MGM Resorts International) 網站可靠性工程 (Site Reliability Engineering) 團隊成員的過程。

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