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Amanda Zhang recently completed her master’s of engineering at Arizona State University’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering through Global Outreach and Extended Education (GOEE).

A statistician working for Intel, Zhang has a background in industrial engineering, but was able to broaden her areas of expertise with this program.

“This program showed me a lot of new things which I’m quite interested in,” said Zhang, who cited classes on materials science and electronics as particularly challenging and interesting. 

Based in Shanghai, China, Zhang said the course’s flexibility and ease of access were very valuable to her. “I was able to study and work at the same time,” she added.

Zhang said she’d taken single courses online before, but never an entire degree. Regardless, she found the program to be just as immediate and engaging as an in-person class. For instance, despite being on thousands of miles away, Zhang always received timely responses to questions. Studying and interacting with professors and fellow students through video conferencing made it seem like any other class.

Zhang characterized the program as a whole as “fantastic,” and said she would definitely recommend it to her colleagues.

“It was the best decision I ever made to join this program,” said Zhang.