PG Podcast 30 - Frank Wang on the vital role of people in technology
August 2017 (perspective of an assistant professor)
Frank Wang (@ffwang2) is a Ph.D. student at MIT CSAIL whose research lies at the intersection of systems, cryptography, and web applications. To bridge the gap between academia and industry, he co-founded Cybersecurity Factory, a summer program for early stage cybersecurity startups, with fellow PG Podcast guest Jean Yang.
I first met Frank when I was working at Google in summer 2012 and he was an intern there about to start his Ph.D. program at MIT. We chatted about The Grind and then he wrote a guest article for my website called: My Undergraduate Research Experience and Decision to Pursue a Ph.D. (guest article).
In this PG Podcast, Frank and I talk about the vital (but often-underdiscussed) role of people throughout all facets of technology, despite our original joke premise of centering this episode around Jean. Frank tells the story of how he gradually got into the entrepreneurial world from being a grad student in academia. We also emphasize how students should focus more on the people-related aspects of their school or work environments, since that can often be more important than the technical aspects.
Last modified: 2017-08-14