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Saman Farid ’05 is back in Beijing, working at the vanguard of China’s greener energy initiative. He graduated on the Dean’s List in 2011 from the top-ranked Albert Nerken School of Engineering at Cooper Union in New York City. He reflects here on how BWYA’s IB programmes and locally grounded, globally aware school culture helped him to succeed.

I am currently a Project Engineering Manager for a clean energy startup in Beijing. I am lucky enough to be able to spend time on-site and experience fast-paced engineering in the real world and at the same time contribute in a meaningful way to the growth of a small company, watching it go through its various stages on its way to success.

It’s been a very rewarding experience and something that I think BWYA and my university experience together prepared me for very well. BWYA was able to bring me closer to the Chinese environment than many other IB Schools, while at the same time providing an education that prepared me well for university.

At university, I chose to do mechanical engineering with a focus on automation and control systems. The IB curriculum’s emphasis on analytical thinking and the different skills associated with each course were very helpful. Another aspect that I found very helpful during university and high school were the internships I did. While in high school I interned at Microsoft and Deloitte Consulting, and in university I interned at Verizon Communications and Honeywell.

The Cooper Union is one of very few U.S. universities to offer a full scholarship to every admitted student. As a result, it is one of the most selective colleges, with an acceptance rate generally below 10%. Cooper is considered to be one of the most prestigious colleges in the country, with all three of its member schools consistently ranked among the highest in the U.S. in their respective fields.