Washington University made a lasting impact on Jin Sheen Yeoh, BS '05. It's not just the fond memories of her time on campus with her classmates but also the unparalleled experiences in the classroom that resonate with her and inspire her to give back to her alma mater. Yeoh has been WashU Loyal since graduating from the School of Engineering & Applied Science in 2005, and she recently shared how WashU continues to play an important role in her life.
Jin Sheen Yeoh
First, would you mind briefly sharing a bit about what you have been up to since graduating from Washington University?
I currently work for a pricing and profitability management software company, Vendavo, as a pricing consultant. I manage the design and delivery of customer-specific implementations. All in all, I've logged about 10 years of travel as a consultant nationally in the U.S. and also internationally in Asia and Europe. On a personal level, I'm heavily involved at church in the leadership team, providing organizational and operational support as well as being a part of the Worship team. I love to sing and play cajon.
What inspired you to make your first gift to Washington University?
It was the right thing to do. I was a recipient of the I.E. & Goldie G. Millstone Engineering scholarship, and I remember seeing two tables full of students that received scholarships and how generous [Millstone] was. But more importantly, in my situation, without that scholarship—I wouldn't be getting the education I did or the wherewithal to get to where I am professionally and personally. When I graduated and got my first job, I put in an amount each year for WashU in hopes of achieving the same thing for current and future students.
Why do you think it is important for alumni to give to Washington University year after year?
It's like growing a plant. If you want it to thrive into a tree and flourish, you have to water it, nourish it, and take care of it. It's not a sprint, it's a marathon. And WashU is a great marathon runner.
Looking back on your time at WashU, what is one of your favorite memories?
All-nighters at Sever Hall computer labs trying to finish up CS projects and homework. We were up all night during finals week last semester senior year, and we climbed out to the roof top to watch the sun rise over the downtown skyline. It was too cloudy and we didn't see much—but we realized how far we've come at WashU, and those friendships we've forged, many of which are still thriving and growing even now.
Are you involved/connected with Washington University in other ways? If so, how?
Yes, through the Engineering Eliot Society (committee member), Women & Engineering (committee member), and the Engineering LEAD Initiative (committee member). I'm also trying to help the WU Racing team get more traction in getting their time spent with WU Racing to be a "creditable" class/senior thesis project.
What is your favorite spot on campus or in St. Louis?
On Campus: In the quad under the trees during late spring/early fall; Holmes Lounge during winter; Olin Library 2nd/3rd floor during the summer.
St. Louis: Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, Castlewood State Park—Lone Wolf Trail.