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CIDAR Student Spotlight: Chengshi Zhang

Class of 2018

Hometown: Jinan, China

Major: Computer Engineering

Many children grow up wanting to be like the superheroes they see on television. The same was true for Chengshi Zhang, a student working in Doug Densmore’s CIDAR lab this summer. Well before coming to BU, Chengshi dreamed of building amazing things like Tony Stark’s Iron Man suit. Throughout middle school and high school, he explored his fascination with science by doing small projects with circuit boards and computers.

He originally came to BU as a computer science major in the College of Arts and Sciences, but soon found himself walking past the Engineering Product Innovation Center (EPIC) building, looking at all of the cool equipment and thinking, “wow I want to go in there.” And so, he transferred to the College of Engineering his sophomore year to become a computer engineering major.

Chengshi enjoys workshops, events and hack-a-thons where he can meet people with similar interests and talk about “geek” stuff. He was first introduced to CIDAR after taking a class with Professor Densmore, who he describes as the “cool guy” in the department. This summer, he will be working on Phagebook, writing API into several different languages that can be integrated into other apps.

Today, Chengshi names Bill Gates and Steve Jobs as his role models in science, though he says Tony Stark will always have a special place in his heart.

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