Didi Dai '18 was born in the biggest city in southwestern China, but now proudly considers this small private university home.
The Industrial Engineering and Management Information Systems double major came to WPI for its low students-to-faculty ratio, its community-focused atmosphere, and the success many high school STEM graduates find soon after graduation.
Having grown up admiring her father, an efficacious entrepreneur in China, Dai chose to combine her love of engineering with a business facet, to get the most of her education.
So far, Dai says that WPI has improved her academic strengths, enriched her professional knowledge base, and helped her shape a new outlook on life.
Heavily involved in groups on campus, Dai has extended her network and gathered valuable experiences along the way. As the first undergraduate president of the American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS), she proudly explains that although the organization is new on campus, it already has over 150 student members. “We provide professional certification training, conference opportunities, plant tours, student competitions, networking panels, and professional development meetings,” she says. With a strong connection to alumni, APICS posts many job opportunities for students. She is also the program director for the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE), where she has helped organize the Lean Green Belt and Six Sigma Green Belt certification training.
One of her most satisfying group involvements comes through membership in Alpha Gamma Delta sorority on campus. Here, she says she “feels more confident than before. I tend to be more talkative, and more active in student activities.”
Through AGD Dai participates in many community service opportunities; she is heavily involved in the sorority’s efforts to raise money for those who struggle with hunger. “All the sisters in AGD live with purpose. We are a group of smart and healthy girls with positive attitudes toward life. With their support, I have no fear in taking on challenges, and trying new things.”
Now in her senior year, Dai took a moment to consider advice for anyone thinking about attending WPI. “I would recommend WPI to potential students who are passionate about their studies and want to really make an impact in their field. If students enjoy being surrounded by like-minded individuals who are invested in their interests and pursue them because they truly enjoy them, then WPI is the place for them.”
First published in WPI Journal, Winter 2017 edition