This week we welcome Yifan Jiang to the Optimate team. Yifan is our first new starter to be onboarded completely remotely into the business. While joining the team would normally be a little different; induction into the office space, grabbing a coffee or lunch with new team mates. We have all adapted by making introductions and catching up digitally. So what can we tell you about Yifan? We asked him just a few questions to get to know him a little better.
Can you tell us a little more about yourself? What was your journey to become an engineer?
I was born in Hangzhou, one of the most beautiful cities in China. I did my university study in Darwin, NT and landed a graduate job as a control system engineer in Invensys, which was the vendor of Wonderware, Triconex and Foxboro branded solutions. The company was acquired by Schneider Electric, from which I was given the opportunity to learn Citect, ClearSCADA and Schneider PLCs. I moved on to WSP two years ago to pursue professional development beyond what a system vendor can provide. I really enjoyed the consultancy environment and learnt a lot in the area that is typically classified as front end engineering. On my own time, I like to do photography and make travel videos. Lately, I have picked up Guitar as another hobby so I keep my sanity during the lockdowns.
How did you come to be working at Optimate?
My experiences working as either a vendor engineer or consulting engineer had provided me with opportunities to learn from the best in respective fields. However, I always wanted to become a well-rounded engineer, for which I feel the need to move to a position where I can utilize what I have learnt from both worlds. I feel that Optimate is an exciting growing company that I can contribute and also realize my full potential.
Finally we would love to hear your thoughts on the future of the industry. What do you think the future holds?
I believe the future of the industry will be driven by Data. Data analytics will be at the core of the decision making and operation optimization in industrial automation. I see Optimate’s four practices mode as a full-stack service of getting data from the origin and comprehend valuable information to make decisions. I am excited to join such a team to contribute and learn from the best in the coming years.
Thanks so much for taking the time to answer our questions Yifan. It has been a pleasure getting to know you better!