Yao Ma

Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering

Where did you complete your undergraduate degree?
Suzhou University of Science and Technology

Please provide your lab and description of research
I work in Daniel Giammar's lab and his research focuses on lead corrosion control in drinking water systems. His research aims to prevent lead contamination in lead pipes and improve drinking water quality.

What played into your decision to get a graduate engineering degree?
I chose to pursue my graduate degree to dive deeper into my field of interest. I wanted to specialize in a specific area, gain research experience, and develop advanced skills.

Why did you pick WashU?
I chose WashU due to its renowned engineering program, particularly in my specialization. The collaborative learning environment, advanced facilities, and industry connections are ideal for my academic and career goals.

What is your favorite thing about St. Louis?
St. Louis's diverse culture, historic landmarks like the Gateway Arch, vibrant arts scene, and unique cuisines.

What advice would you give to a new student?
As a new student, staying organized is crucial. Engage actively in class discussions and build relationships with peers and professors. Manage your time wisely, seek help when needed, and explore various campus opportunities.

What campus activities or groups would you recommend to a new student?
Sports, arts and student organizations like AGES.

What are your plans for the future?
I'm eager to make more contributions to the scientific community and  I look forward to the new opportunities and responsibilities that await me as I transition into the next phase of my career.